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About Me:


I was active duty US Navy for 20 years (1984-2004).It was my job to troubleshoot, repair and configure various WAN's, verify their Information Assurance posture and provide radio frequency links to connect the ship to the shore.

For those of you familiar with Navy parlance, I was an ITCS (formerly known as Radioman or RM for short).

Somehow in my Navy career I managed to visit over 15 countries in four continents, sail three oceans and see some very interesting things. Would I do it again? Absolutely.

I currently work for a large entity in the communication / information assurance field.

My fascination with amateur radio and scanning probably started when I was very young, listening to my Grandfather(W9IRA, SK) talk on his radio. When I joined the military in 1984, communication duties further tweaked my interest.

Please contact me if you want to arrange a SKED.




Eight Band DXCC (8BDXCC) #7645 (with endoresments for 12, 17 and 30 meters) March 2013.

ARRL A-1 Operator award February 13, 2013

Eight Band Worked All States (8BWAS) #3,027 (with endorsements for 12, 17 and 30 Meters) January 2012.

Worked All States (WAS) on 40 Meters using MFSK-16 August 2011. ARRL does not number these types of WAS, I suspect I am the first to do so with MFSK-16.

Islands On The Air 100(IOTA-100) Mixed #3291 July 2011

Triple Play Award (TPA): #362 January 2010

DX Century Club (DXCC) Mixed: #43,509 Feb 2010

Worked All Continents (WAC) Mixed: April 2010

Worked All States (WAS) Basic: #53,878 July 2009

My first HF DX QSL on LOTW: September 27th, 2008. TF8GX 20 Meters SSB.

My first HF DX QSO: September 3rd, 2008. IK2DIA 20 Meters SSB.

My first HF QSO as an amateur: August 30th, 2008. AI4QT 40 Meters SSB.


My Station:

Radios: Kenwood TS-590S, 100 watts available

ICOM-7200, 100 Watts available.

Primary Antenna: DX Engineering 43 Foot vertical with SGC 230 external tuner

Secondary Antenna: G5RV at 35 feet with MFJ 994B.

I am often asked about my vertical antenna. Here are the particulars:

I have posted a video clip of it on You Tube. Search for DX Engineering Vertical Antenna.

It’s manufactured by DX Engineering: http://www.dxengineering.com/. If you search for 43 foot Multiband Vertical/Remote Tuner Package or merely “DXE-MBVE-1-3ATP” you should find it. In addition to the antenna, Ipurchased the DX Engineering stainless steel radial plate (DXE-RADP-1P). I highly recommend their radial plate, whether using DX Engineering’s antenna, a competitor or your own homebrew variant. It’s well worth the money. The SGC 230 tuner fits on the mount very nicely. There are approximately thirty radials, each 35 feet in length. I do not use guys on the antenna and it holds up very well in strong winds. If you are concerned about high winds or lightening, it is very quick and easy for one person to lie the antenna down on a sawhorse. It takes one person approximately five minutes to accomplish this.

How well does it work? If your measure of success is ability to contact distant DX, I recently completed 8BDXCC with this antenna (including Australia, Japan and Guam.) I have never owned an amplifier – these contacts were made with ~ 40 watts.

It tunes very well on 10 through160 meters using the SGC 230 tuner.

Tips regarding installation of the DX Engineering 43 foot vertical:

One person can assemble this antenna – but it is much easier with two.

Make sure there is an open path (no trees, bushes, etc in the way) to lie the antenna down when desired.

There is a lot of excellent information available on vertical antennas. Research. Read it. Understand it. Learn for yourself. Don’t listen to the vertical antenna curmudgeons (they don’t work, poor radiators, blah, blah, blah). I recommend the ARRL’s “Vertical Antenna Classics” and “More Vertical Antenna Classics”.



I QSL 100% VIA LOTW, E-QSL or Direct with SASE. BURO is OK, but very slow.

USA: Send your card with stamped addressed envelope, I will return a card to you. Unless previously agreed to; no envelope or no stamp: I will not mail a card to you.

DX: I will QSL direct with DX stations if you include a self addressed envelope and one paper unit of currency (amount is not important; I am just collecting foreign monies). No IRC please.

DX (원거리) 아마추어 무선국은 회신용 봉투 하고 자기나라 지폐 한매 보내주시면 내QSL 카드를 돌아보냅니다 (화폐 단위가 상관 없음; 다만 외국 돈을 수집하는것). 국제 답신 우표권 (IRC) 보내지마십시요

Yo QSL directa con las estaciones DX si incluye una propia dirección y una unidad de papel de moneda (la cantidad no es importante, sólo estoy recogiendo fondos extranjeros).

Jag kommer QSL med DX-stationer Om du tar med egen kuvert och ett papper valutaenhet (belopp är inte viktigt, jag samlar bara utländska pengar).

Ja ću QSL direktno sa DX postaje ako su isti se obratio omotnicu i jedan rad jedinica valute (iznos nije va�no, ja sam samo prikupljanje stranih novac).

Аз ще QSL директно с DX станции, ако включите самостоятелно адресирано плик и една единица хартия на валута (сумата не е важно, аз съм просто събиране на чужди пари).

Budu QSL přímo s DX stanicemi, pokud jsou samostatně řešit obálky a jeden papír jednotku měny (mno�ství není důle�ité, já jsem jen sbírání cizí peníze).

Ma QSL otsene DX jaamad, kui Te ise adresseeritud ümbrik ja üks paber valuutaühikuna (summa pole oluline, ma olen lihtsalt kogumise välis-raha).

Olen QSL suoraan DX-asemia, jos myös itse palautuskuori ja yksi paperi valuuttayksikkö (määrä ei ole tärkeä, olen vain kerätä ulkomaiset varat).

Θα QSL απευθείας με DX σταθμούς εάν έχετε συμπεριλάβει ως ελεύθερος απευθύνεται φάκελο και μία μονάδα του νομίσματος χαρτί (το ποσό δεν είναι σημαντικό, είμαι απλώς συλλογή ξένων χρήματα).

Ég mun QSL beint með DX stöðvar ef þú fela í sér sjálf beint umslagi og einn pappír einingu af gjaldeyri (upphæð er ekki mikilvægt, ég er bara að safna erlendum fjárhæðum).

、私は)外国人が金銭を収集午前の場合は、自己を含むダイレクトI DX局のQSLは、エンベロープと通貨の1つの紙ユニットアドレス(金額は重要ではない。

Я QSL непосредственно с DX станциями, если вы включите себе конверт с обратным адресом и одна бумага денежной единицы (количество не важно, я просто собирать иностранные денежные средства).

Ја ћу КСЛ директно са ДКС станица, ако су само обратио коверту и један рад јединицу валуте (количина није важна, Ја сам само прикупљање страним новцем).

איך וועט קסל אָנפירן מיט דקס סטיישאַנז אויב איר אַרייננעמען אַ זעלבסט אַדרעסט קאָנווערט און איין פּאַפּיר גאַנצקייט פון קראַנטקייט (סומע איז ניט וויכטיק, איך בין פּונקט קאַלעקטינג פרעמד מאָניעס).


Ja ću QSL direktno sa DX postaje ako su isti se obratio omotnicu i jedan rad jedinica valute (iznos nije va�no, ja sam samo prikupljanje stranih novac).


You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio if:


1. When you look at a full moon and wonder how much antenna gain you would need.


2. When a friend gets a ride from you and remarks that you have a lot of CBs in your vehicle, it turns in to an hour long rant on how ham radio is not CB radio.


3. When someone asks for directions, you pause; wondering if long or short path would be best.


4. When you can look at a globe and be able to point to your antipode (and you know what an antipode is). Cool antipode map at http://www.antipodemap.com/

5. Your cell phone ring tone is a Morse code message of some kind.


6. You have accidentally said your Amateur Radio call sign at the end of a telephone conversation.


7. Your favorite vacation spots are always on mountain tops.


8. You notice more antennas than road signs while driving your car.


9. You have driven onto the shoulder of the road while looking at an antenna.


10. Porcupines appear to be fascinated with your car.


11. If you ever tried to figure out the operating frequency of your microwave oven.


12. When you look around your bedroom of wall to wall ham gear and ask:

Why am I still single?


13. The local city council doesn't like you.


14. You think towers look pretty.


15. Your family doesn't have a clue what to get you for Christmas, even after you tell them.


16. Your HF amplifier puts out more power than the local AM radio station.


17. The wife and kids are away and the first thing that goes through your head is that no one will bother you while you call "CQ DX" a few hundred times.


18. When you pull into a donut shop and the cops there on their coffee break ask if they can see your radio setup.


19. You refer to your children as your "Harmonics".


20. Your girlfriend or wife asks: "You're going to spend $XXXX on what???


21. You actually believe you got a good deal on eBay.


22. When you see a house with a metal roof and your only thought is what a great ground plane that would be.


23. You have pictures of your radio equipment as wallpaper on your computer's desktop.


24. Every family vacation includes a stop at a Ham radio store.


25. The first question you ask the new car dealer is: "What is the alternator's current output"?


26. You buy a brand new car based on the radio mounting locations and antenna mounting possibilities.


27. You have tapped out Morse code on your car's horn.


28. A lightning storm takes out a new Laptop, Plasma TV, and DVD Recorder, but all you care about is if your radios are okay.


29. Your wife has had to ride in the back seat because you had radio equipment in the front seat.


30. Your wife was excited when you were talking about achieving that critical angle, but very disappointed when you finally did.


31. During a love making session with your wife, you stop to answer a call on the radio.


32. Your wife threatens you with divorce when you tell her that you are going on a "fox" hunt.


33. Talking about male and female connectors makes you feel excited.


34. You dream of big, comfortable knobs, but not on women.


35. You always park on the top floor of the deck, just in case you might have to wait in the car later.


36. When house hunting, you look for the best room for a radio shack and scan the property for possible tower placement.


37. When house hunting, you give your realtor topographical maps showing local elevations.


38. The real estate agent scratches his head when you ask if the soil conductivity is high, medium, or low.


39. You have Ham radio magazines in the bathroom.


40. When your doorbell rings, you immediately shut down the amplifier.


41. Fermentation never enters your mind when "homebrew" is mentioned.


42. Instead of just saying no, you have said "negative".


43. You have used a person's name to indicate acknowledgement.


44. You become impatient waiting for the latest AES catalog to arrive.


45. You have found yourself whistling "CQ" using Morse code.


46. You always schedule the third weekend in June for vacation.


47. You walk carefully in your back yard to avoid being close-lined.


48. You have deep anxiety or panic attacks during high winds or heavy ice.


49. You and the FedEx/UPS men are on a first name basis.


50. You really start to miss people that you've never seen.


51. Your exercise machine is a Morse code keyer.


52. You walk through the plumbing section at the hardware store and see antenna parts.


53. Your neighbors thought you were nuts when you ripped up your lawn to bury chicken wire.


54. Your next door neighbor thinks that your wife is a widow.


55. Your wife has delivered meals to your Ham shack.


56. If you sold all your Ham radio equipment, you could pay off your mortgage.


Some Q signals have never made it to the ARRL's official list. Here are some that many agree would be useful in appropriate situations. As with regular Q signals, each can be a statement or a question, depending on whether a question mark follows it.

QBA - My antenna is BIG!

QBA? - How big is your antenna?

QBO - Don't sit next to that guy in the meeting.

QBO? - Buddy, can you spare some soap?

QBS - It's getting deep in here.

QBS? - Did I tell you about the one that got away?

QCP - I am using Cat Power(From Rotary Cat Power Wheel)

QCP? - Are you using Cat Power?

QCW - I am going to whistle Morse Code on FM (or SSB)

QCW? - Why are you whistling Morse?

QDR - Damn Right the frequency is busy! (In response to QRL)

QDR? - Do you have a Receiver? (In response to QRL)

QET - Phone home.

QET? - Has anyone called me from another planet?

QFH - This frequency is MINE! - go elsewhere.

QFH? - Is this frequency hogged?

QHI - I am jumping in quick to say hi, then going QRT.

QHI? - Are you leaving after only one transmission?

QLF - I am sending with my left foot.

QLF? - Are you sending with your left foot?

QOK - Your last transmission was Okie Dokie.

QOK? - Was my last transmission OK?

QPM - Your signal is purr modulated.

QPM? - Is my signal purr modulated?

QRC - Warning, rag chewer on frequency.

QRC? - Are you a rag chewer?

QWC? - Who cares?

QWC - I don't care

QZZ - I fell asleep at the mike.

QZZ? - Is that a 60Hz hum, or are you snoring?








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