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I have 4" x 6" QSL cards - provide an SASE that will work with 4" x 6" - thanks!

I participate in LoTW and very much appreciate confirmations there. I upload all QSOs to LoTW and to QRZ on a regular basis.

Licensed in 1976 as WN4GNE, Novice, I was introduced to the hobby by Richard Weisshaut, WA4MKN in Miami Beach where I was raised. Living in a highrise apartment building right on the Atlantic Ocean, I had Europe at my fingertips but, alas, a missed opportunity! WN4GNE became WA4GNE and eventually my license lapsed without much activity. Moving and then college and Navy served as a distraction from radio exploits.

In 1989, I was a Nuclear Machinist's Mate in the US Navy, stationed in Charleston, SC. I had recently reported to USS Sam Rayburn(SSBN-635) after 5 years onboard USS Henry M. Jackson(SSBN-730) and we had just completed Sam Rayburn's conversion from a Fleet Ballistic Missle Submarine to the Navy's first Moored Training Ship(MTS-635) at Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Charleston, SC. We were at our new home at the Naval Weapons Station and I was enjoying a bagged lunch in the breakroom where I heard Danny Groover, W9PW, and Scott Chippendale, WB3EFS, chatting about Ham Radio - soon after that I had my Novice licence as KC4OOQ and upgraded to Technician as N4YJX. Next, I upgraded to Advanced as KO4GS. I finally picked up Extra Class on 8 JAN 2011 after 20 years as an Advanced Class - it's nice not to worry about odd band limits!

It's KAY OH 4 GEE ESS, Not KAY ZERO 4 GEE ESS! (if you reached this page - then you know that)...but let me tell ya! That "O" is trouble .... but it's mine!

 

KO4GS 2011

KO4GS Station

Yaesu FTDX3000 powered from an Alinco DM-340MV power supply. An 8-position antenna switch connects an inverted G5RV @ 35' to one of two HF rigs. The FTDX3000 listens and transmits through an LDG AT-100PRO external tuner. The FTDX--3000 is also connected to a SingaLink USB and an ASUS Desktop i7-4790S Quad Core Processor running at 3.2 GHz with 12 GB RAM and running Windows 7 64 bit. I chat through a Heil PR781 station microphone mounted on the Heil Boom. I also have a Yaesu FT-950 and a Kenwood TS-440SAT with a matching PS-50 20 Amp power supply - still works extremely well after over 20 years in service, both mobile and fixed station!

Ham Radio Deluxe 6.2 suite including the logging and DM-780 modules provide integrated rig CAT control and digital mode support as well as contact logging and awards tracking. Additionally, HRD serves as the DX Spotting tool by connecting to one of many DX Clusters.

On the wall is the DXCC with Phone endorsement, the vast majority worked on 10mtrs, Worked All States with 10 meters and SSB endorsements as-well-as WAS Triple Play Also, hanging is the CQ WPX Mixed w/North America; the IARU Worked All Continents with Phone endorsement and the IARU Region 2 Award - a nice certificate for 20 countries confirmed in - you guessed it - Region 2! I did mixed WAS again exclusively via LoTW - North Dakota was the holdout! 2014 was great fun with the ARRL Centennial QSP - I earned WAS Triple Play thanks to all the dedicated stations participating in the Centennial events.

Also in the Shack is a Yaesu FT-7900R, an ICOM ID-5100 and an oldy: a Kenwood TR-7950 VHF radio with a tone board. The 5100 is connected to a Cushcraft Ringo Ranger II or to a Diamond X-300 Dualband antenna. A Yaesu VX-8DR Handheld with GPS are available for handheld ops. I'm trying to get the TR-7950 on line for packet via a PK-232 MBX - worked 20 years ago on a MAC but no joy on my WIN7 Machine - yet!

A Yaesu FTM-350R multiband radio along with the FT-857D is available for portable operations - eventually in my next truck....

On the short list is a new HF antenna - possibly the DX Engineering 43 ft Vertical or, perhaps, the HEXX - I like the HEXX and that may be the next acquisition.

OPERATIONS:

2011 VA QSO Party stats: 373 contacts, 71 VA counties or Independant cities, 24 states and 3 Canadian Provinces. I used the N1MM contest logging program for just basic logging and it worked quite well. The program correctly IDed Dupes and easily connected to the FT-950 with CAT control correctly pulling mode and frequency data from the rig to the log. Of course, it dated and timed the QSOs and it even tallied the points though I am not 100% sure of its accuracy - it appears to be correct based upon a cursory review of the QSO Party rules built into the program. I was able to easily export the contest log in both CABRILLO and ADIF formats - one for the contest submission and the other imported into my primary logger: HRD. N1MM is free. I will definitely be back next year and will be disappointed in anything less than 600 contacts!

The 2012 Virginia QSO Party, 17-18 March 2012, was exhausting! 614 QSOs operating low power, SOSR - a major improvement over last year's 373 contacts. Here are the stats: 614 contacts, 92 VA counties or independant cities, 28 states and 3 Canadian Provinces. #1 State: PA = 38; #1 county: Loudoun = 23.

I skipped 2013 with only a handful of contacts but returned in 2014 with well over 500 contacts representing the Independant City of Newport News very well!

I also count for the neighboring county of York if you're chasing counties!


Enjoyed the 2011 13 Colonies Special Event working all 13 colonies and Independence Hall special event station WM3PEN - here are 3 of my favorite QSL cards from the event:

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2012


2013


Route 66 On the Air


Also in 2011 I worked W9IMS for the Indy 500 over Memorial Day, the Brickyard 400 in July and finally completing the triad with the Red Bull Indy GP in August. The QSL cards and certificate are superb! This is another annual Special Event not to be missed!


2012


2013


Museum Ships! Military, Commercial and Civil Service ships with amateur radio onboard is also a fun event led by NJ2BB in New Jersey. Occurs the 1st weekend in June, I believe. The 2012 list had 99 ships participating from all over the world. Here are a few nice cards from the Museum Ships Weekend event... (W6RO was obviously worked on another occasion but they were a participant for the weekend event!) More info at http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/

For QSO Parties and Contests I use the excellent N1MM+ contest logger program - what an amazing piece of software! The integration of telnet and spots into the various information windows and the color-keying are a tremendous help and convey a lot of information to the operator on where to operate and what to work to maximize operating efficiency! Still much to learn but - WOW!


United States Navy

32 Years of Service - I continue to serve....

I am retired from the US Navy as a Chief Information Systems Technician. I left Active Duty as a Nuclear Machinist's Mate in 1996 and joined the Navy Reserves as a Data Processing Technician(DP). The DP rate was converted to the IT rate along with Radioman(RM) around 1998. After being recalled to Active Duty in 2003, I was allowed to remain on active status until I retired in 2009. I now enjoy civilian Federal employment working for Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) in Williamsburg, VA managing their communications as the Deputy Director for their Comms Department.

Last, I diligently enter the GigaParts sweepstakes trying to win a new toy, apparently, increasing the odds that someone else will actually win the prize!

73 DE KO4GS,

 

 
   

 

 

 

 
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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KO4GS
Latest Contacts for KO4GS at QRZ.com
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T46BC 2015-08-17 80m SSB EL93se Cuba KEY BAY OF CADIZ LIGHTHOUSE
K5MVP 2015-08-17 40m SSB EM50gj United States ANDRES CALANDRIA
W9ILY 2015-08-16 40m SSB EN51ti United States JOHN R HOLMES
W9PA 2015-08-16 80m SSB EN60wa United States DAVID L ZEPH
W1TEF 2015-08-16 80m SSB EM94jb United States THOMAS E FRANCIS
N3QE 2015-08-16 80m SSB FM19ka United States Timothy D Shoppa
K3MD/1 2015-08-16 80m SSB United States JOHN W THOMPSON
W8PEN 2015-08-16 80m SSB EN80si United States DONALD J RUSSELL
K3EL 2015-08-16 80m SSB FN20qi United States DAVID K LLOYD
NA3DX 2015-08-16 80m SSB FM18rv United States EXPLORERS RADIO CLUB
KC1CWF 2015-08-16 40m SSB FN42jh United States Martin S Sullaway
W9IMS 2015-08-06 40m SSB EM69wu United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club
WB2LMV 2015-08-01 40m PAC FN21ts United States Glenn L Roeser
W1EO 2015-08-01 40m PAC FN42im United States DAVID G WILLARD
KC2WDJ 2015-08-01 40m SSB FN31ab United States Walter J Stremouchow

Book Totals: 10743 qso's   5983 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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DX World Award#322
Granted: 2015-01-23 02:13:30

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#656
Granted: 2015-01-17 05:22:33

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#85
Granted: 2015-01-17 05:22:32

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#611
Granted: 2015-01-17 05:22:30

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Digital
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