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KM2KM has been in effect since 12 May 2010.

KA2OIG was my original call sign in 1982. In 2010 I upgraded to Extra and became KM2KM.

Overseas my call signs have been: /TG (Lake Flores and also Guatemala City); /HR6 (Morgan’s Cay, Bay Islands); /HK2 (Bogotá); HR3SJO (Scout Jamboree Olancho); TI2QRP (I was really into QRP then); OA4DBO (Lima); HC1CK (Quito, Guayaquil) and /WP4 (Arecibo Observatory). I have also operated from Newfoundland; Sri Lanka; Kosovo; and France.

Antenna farming has always been one of my favorite pass-times. A few articles have been published by the ARRL including one on changing zoning regulations. The Antenna Farm is at www.merschrod.net/ANTFARM.htm

Overseas work is in the field of Rural Development - the practice of Development Sociology and Economics. After managing development projects overseas through 1998, we decided to take a vow of poverty and do short term consulting. The vow has been more or less successful!

The station consists of a Ten-Tec Delta II, an Argonaut V, an FT-857-D. Vintage Equipment consists of a Drake TR4-CWx/RIT that I have had since the early 1980s and a couple of sets of Drake Twins - one of the earliest "reciter" models and one of the latest, "C-Line" models. I use them on AM and also SSB and CW. There is nothing like the glow of "hollow state."

QRP I can't remember when the QRP bug bit, but it started with just turning down the gain on the TR-4CWx. HB rigs were next, then kits. the latest QRP rig is the Argonaut V - a real gem. The 1990s or so Oak Hills Explorer II for 30 meters is one of my favorites. ARCI Nr = 7272; MI-QRP =537; NW-QRP =212; and G-QRP = 5951.

Field Ops An annual event with my grandson has been a 6-meter sprint from Hogback Mountain in VT.

Moon rise over the operating position Looking South toward MA from southern VT

Some Years it is Warm



Portable Six Meter set up  The hinged base is held under the rear wheel, the yagii has 4 elements, the 18 foot pole has guy ropes, "armstrong" rotation, all folds down into 6 foot lengths. 

Keyers 20+ years ago a mouse was going to be tossed out at the office - After gutting it I installed a CMOS II; it is still clicking along. Presently the project is a CMOS III into a trackball-type mouse. The sensitive micro switches in those "mice" are durable. They are light and easy to get the hang of.

60-Meters is one of my favorite bands, and, IMHO, was one of the more innovative changes in Ham Radio in a long time.


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