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!
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.
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 operations.
Currently over 600 band/mode/state confirmations in the W1AW portable centennial operations, all with 100w and dipoles.
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 :-)
Operated as W1AW/4 Alabama in June and October 2014, 17m RTTY, 100 watts to a dipole.
Triple Play (WAS on CW, digital, and phone) # 1332.
DXCC # 59,230. 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.
Operated WA4NZD NASA MSFC Special Event Station celebrating successful flight test of Orion vehicle
Station: Yaesu FTDX-3000, 20m dipole, 30m dipole, 40m OCF, 6m homebrew Moxon beam, eggbeaters for 2m and 70cm. 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. 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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