First licensed as Technician in 1973 as WA4KVO. Upgraded to Advanced in 1978 (tested at FCC Field Office in Atlanta) and assigned current call sign KB5EZ. Upgraded to Extra in 2000 after 15 years of inactivity. Wow, did the technology change while I wasn't paying attention!
I work for NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as Space Environments Team Lead. Responsible for compatibility of NASA flight projects with the meteoroid/orbital debris, ionizing radiation, neutral thermosphere, and ionospheric plasma environments. Earned Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University .
Current research interest is observing meteoroid impacts on the Moon. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/index.html
Ham interests are contests, DXing, meteor scatter, RTTY, JT65, and portable/QRP/SOTA/NPOTA operations.
The ARRL's National Parks on the Air is a great event for portable operators. The combination of being in the great outdoors and being the object of a pileup is probably as close to a DXpedition as I'll ever get. I activated TR12 The Trail of Tears on a warm clear day in Jan. 2016 and Chickamauga National Military Park MP01 (which is a 2-fer with TR12) on a much warmer day on 1 July. There are several routes for the Trail of Tears in the southeast U.S. I setup in downtown Madison, AL near a plaque describing the Drane Overland Route. In a couple of hours I had worked 65 stations most of which were in a 30 minute period after someone spotted me on the DX cluster. I used my FT-897 at 100w to a 20m end-fed antenna. Power was provided by a deep-cycle battery I keep charged with a set of 45w solar panels. Thank you to all who patiently waited while I worked the pile. I only managed 12 Qs from MP01 due to poor propagation on 20m and some antenna issues but had fun anyway. With more than 10 Qs it was an official activation. I forgot to get a photo of the setup in the recreation field of Chickamauga Battlefield but here is my passport stamp.
Below - Jan 2016 activation of TR12
The ARRL Centennial was a great operating event. I worked hard at it with my 100w and dipoles and came in #8 in Alabama for the W1AW portables with 688 band/modes and all 50 states. That gave me #743 of over 199,000 entries. Also got a Level 3 certificate for 11,101 points and 1485 Qs in the Centennial Points Challenge.
Operated as W1AW/4 Alabama in June and October 2014, 17m RTTY, 100 watts to a dipole.
My contesting is casual, search and pounce, just for fun. Imagine my surprise when I started getting award certificates in the mail from ARRL.
First Place Alabama Section for the 2012 Sweepstakes SSB contest, single operator, low power.
First Place Alabama 2012 10m contest, single op, phone only, low power
First Place Alabama Section 2012 IARU HF World Championship, single op, phone only, low power
All that makes me want to try a little harder in other contests. Of course if you are the only entry you have a good shot at winning :-)
Triple Play (WAS on CW, digital, and phone) # 1332.
DXCC # 59,230 - 165 confirmed
The first 150 were all with 100W max and all but 3 were with dipoles. I now occasionally use the MSFC ARC TH11DX and a newly resurrected ancient Kenwood TL-922A amplifier to get through the pileups a little quicker.
Worked All States # 57,530.
QRP ARCI # 15186.
Member of NASA MSFC Amateur Radio Club - NN4SA (ex-WA4NZD) and North Alabama DX Club.
Operated N4A NASA MSFC Special Event Station commemorating 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 mission. (July 2014)
Operated WA4NZD NASA MSFC Special Event Station celebrating successful flight test of Orion vehicle (Dec. 2015)
Operated NN4SA Special Event Station celebrating 25th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope launch.
Operated NN4SA Special Event Station celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 14 (Feb. 2016)
Looking forward to NN4SA Special Event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 15 (Jul.-Aug. 2016)
Station: Yaesu FTDX-3000, 20m dipole, 30m dipole, 40m dipole, 6m homebrew Moxon beam, eggbeaters for 2m and 70cm. In the process of installing a MA5B small 5 band beam. Yaesu FT-1900R 2m, Alinco DJ-V5 HT, MFJ tuners. Use LP-PAN2 and NaP3 to see what is going on around me.
QRP operations: Ten Tec Rebel Open Source CW rig modified for JT65. See Ten Tec Rebel Yahoogroup for details.
Mobile/portable (and VHF/UHF/satellite) operation: Yaesu FT-897D, hamstick antennas for 40m, 20m and 17m, end fed 20m and 40m for stringing in the trees or tripod-mounted crappie pole. For portable digital mode ops use Windows 10 laptop or Raspberry Pi 3 with 7inch touch panel display (FLDIGI). Powered by marine battery charged by solar panels - 100% green ops.
I prefer Logbook of the World but will QSL direct and infrequently upload to eQSL.
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