QSL image: Vintage Vermont Postcard,"Mt. Mansfield"
I use my middle name, Nick. A longtime SWL, I discovered shortwave stations on my grandparents "tuning eye" radio as a kid. I became hooked and started saving up my paper-route money until I could buy a Hammarlund HQ-100C, which still casts it's warm glow in my shack once in awhile.
Recently retired, I fulfilled a long deferred goal of getting my ham license. I have been having a blast. A fortunate, thrilling QSO with Charles Simonyi on board the International Space Station in early April 2009, hooked me again and sparked my interest in working the OSCAR satellites. Also, thank you to Commander "Wheels" Wheelock for activating ham radio on the I.S.S. in 2010!
My portable FM satellite set-up consists of an IC-W32A downlink, and IC-V82 uplink. The antenna is a homebrew 2M/70cm yagi (2 up, 5 down), based on the WA5VJB design. It's mounted on a camera tripod and can be flipped into a vertical position. When AO-51, AO-27 and HO-68 were operational., I used a WA2ODO built 436 Mhz preamp to help me work very low elevation transatlantic passes into Europe.
My satellite base station, used primarily for the linear transponder sats, consists of a FT-847, MD-100 mic and ARROW II yagi set-up for indoor operation.
My HF/6M rigs are a Ten Tec Eagle with MD-200 mic, and an IC-706MKIIG with a Heil HM-IC mic, and AT-7000 tuner. I use various end-fed wire antennas and a 6M KU4AB loop at 35'. This combo is being used to chase HF DXCC & VUCC~6M stations. Recently, I've added a Signalink USB interface. I am active on PSK31/RTTY using cocoaModem 2.0 and Fldigi software, and on JT65-HF.
I enjoy the exchange of traditional paper QSLs. I always include a SASE and/or greenstamps with my requests. If you request my confirmation, I would appreciate the same from you.
On HF/6M, I routinely upload all of my logs to LoTW.
On Satellites, I will upload individual QSOs to LoTW on a by request or case by case basis.
ARRL VUCC~Satellite #184, Issued Oct. 12, 2009 (current totals: 1241 Grids worked in 56 Fields with 1184 Confirmed)
AMSAT Century Award #40, Issued Nov. 9, 2010 (current totals: 129 Entities worked with 129 Confirmed)
DXCC #40741, issued May 5, 2012.
AMSAT Member #37087 Listen for me on the birds!
European PSK Club EPC #18483
RANV -Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont
Video of Trans-Atlantic QSOs( Vermont-Ireland) with Marc, W4MPS, using 5W HTs on FM satellites:
Satellite Grid Map* (as of 7 SEPTEMBER 2013): RED=CONFIRMED, BLUE=WORKED *GcmWIN software by SM3GSJ
Photo Below: A summer "gridpedition" to Corea, ME in FN64.
The satellite shack with Yaesu FT-847 for sats and Kenwood TR-7950 for local repeaters:
TEN TEC Eagle:
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