Thank you for looking me up here on QRZ.com-- If you want to read more about my earlier operating history, my original website is here. If you are on Facebook, you can find me here. Here's a few links on solar activity; a second link and a third link. If you are learning about HF propagation, they might be useful.
Recently, I'd been having some trouble with my 850's, so Greg W1KM brought over an Elecraft K3, and along with Tom, N1TB we made about 1200 QSO's between the 3 of us and submitted a claimed score of about 1.39 Million points in the 2015 ARRL DX CW for YCCC. I don't know if it will be enough to earn some wallpaper, every year is different.
In Oct. 2015 I participated in my 7th consecutive year helping with network communications for the Head of the Charles Regatta. If you haven't done any public service work before, I've written up some ideas and info about effective communication in an inner city environment at a sizeable public event. Over 9000 rowers and more than 300,000 spectators swarm the Charles river during this event, so it pays to come prepared.
In the years leading up to WRTC-2014, I participated in training activites as a volunteer with one of the Beam Teams and for the event itself, was assigned to perform Quality Control for Henry Brown K1WCC's Beam Team. My job was to ensure each competition station was installed exactly as specified to provide an equal setup at every location. One of those setups was for none other than KL9A and N6MJ, who went on to win that year.
L to R: RA3UU, KL9A, and N6MJ. Photo by KA1IOR. KA1IOR 5th from left in black shorts. K1WCC 2nd from right. Photo by KA1IOR.
In the 2013 ARRL DX CW contest, I ran a Multi-Single HP operation with Tom, N1TB and Jan K5MA and we took First Place for Eastern Massachusetts. It wouldn't have been a success without their help, and contests are more fun when you get some friends together.
In Oct. 2012 I helped out at the KM1W superstation with N1TB and W1KM for CQWW SSB, running M/2 netting about 3600 Q's in 31 hours of operating and scoring over 6.5 Million. It was a blast getting some runs on 10 meters! Thanks to everyone who called! UPDATE: According to the rate.r5ga website, our log for Saturday around the 1200z hour clocked 340, the fastest hour rate for a Multi-Two in the contiguous lower 48 states. Thanks again to all, as we couldn't have done it without your disciplined and orderly help on the other end! We ended up placing 5th in the US, and #11 in North America for multi-two operations with just 35 hours of operating. --Slackers!
In April 2012 I operated along with W1KM (center, in photo below) to activate K1T, a Special Event Station at Wellfleet's original Marconi Site on Cape Cod's National Seashore marking the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Below we are seen working with one of the National Park Staff to set up the station, and we observed radio silence during a wreath laying ceremony marking the tragedy. A very big THANK YOU to Barbara, N1NS for inviting us to do this very privileged portable operation inside a delicate ecosystem within a National Park.
I have received some very nice SWL reports from time to time. If you are an SWL and want a QSL from me please email me directly at the email address above and I can send you a card much sooner. Just remember to include your SWL callsign if you have one, and the usual info you'd put on your card.
I have activated East Chop Lighhouse for a few Lighthouse Society events. If you are using N1MM v.10 or newer, I've created a User-Defined-Contest file (I know, I know, Lighhouse events are NOT contests...) that will format your N1MM logging window specifically for logging in ARLHS Lighthouse events. It includes serial number, ARLHS member number, and Lighthouse ID input fields; you can save it by right-clicking this link and saving the .UDC file (2k) in your "UserDefinedContests" folder inside the N1MM logger folder. If you have N1MM running, you'll have to restart it and then select "New Log in Database", and choose "LCL-2010" from the event list. If you are ambitious, you might even tweak the .udc file to suit your own preferences or update it to a future ARLHS event... Have fun! Bottom line, N1MM is a darn good logging program, even if you aren't contesting. The user-defined contest file given above could be taken as a template to modify for your event, if N1MM doesn't already include it.
If you make a contact with me during a lighthouse activation, please bear in mind the guidlines for all ARLHS events require a serial number for the logbook. If you haven't made any other contacts during the event, then just say it's contact #1.
In April 2010 I activated East Chop Lighthouse during Lighhouse Spring Lites QSO party in memoriam of a friend and co-worker, Dwight Magowan. Dwight and I worked together at 2 different companies since 1982, and Dwight also once served in the Coast Guard; so it is fitting that this activation was in his memory.
On the weekend of Jan. 2-3, 2010, I activated the East Chop Lighthouse for the LCL operating event. It was very productive, landing a new one for some ARLHS members, and I made over 450 contacts. One highlight was getting a call from Fiji, another was working Lebanon, thanks! I hope to activate East Chop lighthouse again, and to see you on the air during future Lighhouse events.
In 2008 I moved about 2 miles to a new QTH; I have a tower and tribander up, currently a Hygain TH-6 at 60 feet, and a homebrew 5-el 6M beam.
My shack currently is Multi-Two and SO2R capable with 3 operating positions. Rigs currently are: Yaesu FT-736R, two Kenwood TS-850SAT, a Kenwood TS-430S, with a Collins 30L-1 and an Acom 1000A amplifier. I use a Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe and Heil BM-10 and Heil Proset headsets for the "Human Interfaces".
Thanks for answering my call if you were picking me out of the pile-ups!!!
Some logging programs may even try to update in near-real-time if you have an internet connection. If you are a casual operator, that might do just fine for you. If you are a contester, I believe that would be a bad idea at best, and possibly a violation of the rules of the contest at worst. If you are operating in a contest, please wait until after log submission deadlines have passed before uploading to LOTW.
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