I have moved once again! We recently bought a single family home on a wooded lot on Wilmington Island with NO HOAs! Antennas will be up by September. Stay tuned!
I am now active on 6M, 20M and 40M from an antenna restricted community. ;)
FT-1000MP, Tokyo Hy-Power HL-450B (300 watts) on HF and an FT-897D on 6M. 100 watts.
Here we go again. (starting all over with GRID chasing and WAS from a new grid.) Thank God my countries all count!
Grid Square - EM92MA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org **** Now on LOTW for 6M Contacts from EM92***
Down below is a photo of the "stealth" 6 meter antenna used at N4UK. It's a stacked pair of M2 6M HO LOOPs at 24 and 14 feet. Hope that fence doesn't come crashing down! The mast doubles as a 20M vertical. A 40M vertical hides in the woods.
Grid / State/ Country Tally for 2012 Es season since the Halo went up on 20May12:
As of 30Dec 2012 from EM92
191 Grids, 41 states and 26 countries. (W,VE,CU,KP4,HI,XE,CO,ZF,VP9, HR,9Y,HH, VP2M, V31, VP2E, J69,C6, 8P6, 6Y, FM, YV, P4,CT,FP, VP5,YS)
Still need the following states- OR,ND,UT,AL,HI,AK,WY,WV,DE
61 DXCC 6M total countries worked from USA from grids EM84 and EM92.
Have the following DXCC countries total on 6M-
6Y,8P,9A, 9Y,C6,CO,CT,CT3,CU,CY0,CY9,DL,EA,EA8,F,FM,FP, G,GI,GM,GW,HC,HC8,HH,HI,HR,J6,J7,J8,JA,JX,K,KH2,KH6,KL7,KP4,LU,LZ,
I can be found occasionally calling CQ on 50.125 SSB or 50.097 on CW.
Photo of my "stacked" pair of M2 Halo antennas for 6M
I converted the linen closet to my 6,20 & 40 meter ham shack. Out of site, out of mind when not in use.
My Trusty Icom-IC-740-6, a modified IC-740 which is basically a gutted rig with a built-in DEM 6M transverter. I performed a side by side comparison with the FT-897 and this rig is sooooo much better on receive. Been my main 6M rig since 1992. KH2F was my callsign back in the mid 80s to early 90s.
WB2KQO (me) in 1977.
That's me up there back in 1977, 16 years old and operating my "dream" station (a brand new Yaesu FT101EX . Thanks Dad!! R.I.P.) and a 40 meter dipole on the tarred roof of the 3 story apartment complex we lived in back in Brooklyn, New York. The callsign back then was WB2KQO. Shared the bedroom with my brother Casey (R.I.P.) who, needless to say, was kept up many a late night while I searched for and worked DX on 40 meters. Sorry Bro!
Now I'm 51 and living the dream 24 x 7 on Wilmington Island, Georgia (EM92MA). I'm active on 40 meters with a "stealth" wire vertical antenna in the pine trees that separate my home from the salt marshes and back rivers surrounding the Island. Running a Yaesu FT-897D and 100 watts from my converted linen closet ham shack/ office. I also recently installed an omnidirectional "HD TV" antenna ( 6M HALO) up at 20 feet. Listen for me from EM92 on 6 meters. When I'm not cooking dinner, cleaning house, feeding or walking the dogs, fishing, going to the beach, cruising on the boat, jet skiing, kayaking or walking around downtown Savannah, I'll be on the air. Please QSL with an SASE.
That's me below at my old QTH in Spartanburg, S.C. which was sold back in March, 2012.
Above is a pic of the antenna farm at the N4UK QTH in Gray Court , S.C. from the mid 90s to 2003. That's me on the 160M vertical. Ahhhh. The good old days
Licensed since February 1977 thanks to the Hall of Science ARC in Flushing, N.Y. I would have received my license in 1976 if I wouldn't have carelessly entered February 14th,1976 as my birthdate on the FCC form 610.Missed out on using a special bi-centennial callsign as a result. Callsigns I have held throughout the past 35+ years include WB2KQO, NP4JV, KH2F,KH2F/KH4,KH2F/W2, KH2F/W3, VQ9KR, KP4XS, N4UK, and W0MZ. I re-acquired the N4UK callsign as a previous licenseholder when the wife and I decided to move back to the southeast. (I'm also aware that 1x2 calls in the 4th district are extremely hard to come by!). The days of multiple towers and lots of fancy antennas are over as I'd rather be with the wife on a beach, or a boat or having a beer somewhere we've never been before mingling with the locals. I am also the trustee for the Cabo Rojo Contest Club call WP3X. This callsign is used whenever we get a chance to operate from my family's property in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. (when we're not at the beach or on a boat or having a beer.
My ham radio timeline.
1977, 1978- Received novice callsign WB2KQO. Callsigns of hams I personally met or was friends with back in the late 70s include WB2JRI, WA2INE, WB2JRR, WA2VOS, WA2YXB, WA2DNF, WB2ISM, WA2YYT, KP4RF (now NP4A) KP4DX, KP4FGO, WR2AHU Repeater. First DX contact was I5IRM on 15m CW. Operated my first contest on 40M CW (OK DX contest) and received a certificate for first place New York 40M CW Upgraded to General class somewhere around here.
1979- Moved to KP4 for three years. Active mostly on 2 meters but also a little HF until my trustee FT101EX stopped transmitting. Operated as WB2KQO/KP4 until I changed my callsign to NP4JV.
1983- Joined USAF. Operated the Keesler AFB ARC club station. (cannot remember the call)
1984- Stationed at Norton AFB, San Bernardino, Ca. but no activity due to booze and women.
1985, 1986, 1987- Transferred to Andersen AFB, Guam. Very active as NP4JV/KH2 and then upgraded to Extra and received the callsign KH2F. Active in many contests. Also got to meet and become friends with Jim Kehler WB3IXC/KH2 and later KH2D.
Also met and became became friends with KG6DX, KG6JAR, KG6RN, W1YRM, KH2CY and many others.
1987October- Operated the CQWW DX SSB contest as KH2F/KH4 from Midway Island as a multiop single transmitter with Gary Dein (then NY6M and KH2L) and now K9AY
1987 February and June- Operated from Diego Garcia as VQ9KR. 100 watts and a vertical antenna.
1988- Transfered to Griffiss AFB, Rome, N.Y. and operated as KH2F/ W2. Made many friends from the Liverpool ARC in Syracuse , N.Y. including WA2UUK, K2TQC, K2ZJ, W2RU (K2KIR), N2MF, W2VO and many others whose callsigns escape me at this time.
1990- Left the Air Force for the Maryland ANG and moved to Gaithersburg, Md. Operated as KH2F/ W3 . On 40m CW with a hidden antenna. Met my very dear friend Gene Zimmerman,W3ZZ (SK- R.I.P. OM) and became interested in VHF and above. Bought a camper and a van and went on many GRID expeditions for contests. Also went on many Perseids Meteor scatter grid expeditions on the coast. I REALLY enjoy MS SSB contacts on 2 meters!. Joined the PVRC and operated numerous contests at the M/M station of W3LPL. Met and became friends with W3LPL, K3NA, K3MM, K1DQV, K1HTV, K1RA, W4XP, K8ISK, W2EOS, K1RZ, W3EKT, W3UR, Ke3Q, W3MC, K1ZO, K3RA, k3WX, ND3F, ND3A and many, many other contesters. Started the Grid Pirates after an outing to a mountaintop in January 1992 for the ARRL VHF sweepstakes. The Group continues on today thanks to the efforts of K8ISK, W4XP, W3ZZ, K1HTV, K1RA and many, many others. Go K8GP!!!!!!!!! One thing I did discover while serving in the Maryland ANG was SAVANNAH, Georgia where we would go for combat readiness training. More about Savannah later.
1995- Moved to the Greenville S.C. area (Gray Court, S.C. EM84)and began to build my dream station . This consisted of a ham shack separate from the main house as well as 4 towers for antennas for 1.8 Mhz up to 1.2 Ghz. Acquired callsign KP4XS. Met my good buddy John, KN4EK now NC4SC who helped me put up all of the towers and antennas. Acquired my present call, N4UK, during the great callsign auction of 1996. It was my 23rd pick. If I wouldnt have gotten this call I would have gotten number 24 which was K4USA. Worked many, many contests and won many for the Roanoke division. Guest Ops at the QTH included AA4S, NC4NC, W3ZZ, K8ISK, W4XP, K1RA, W4OC, and others. I was very active on the VHF bands from here. These were my radio "Golden years". sigh.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s we operated as KP4XS and then WP3X from the family property in Cabo Rojo, PR. We must have done something right as we won every WPX and ARRL DX contest we entered as a Multi-Multi entry. Ops during these contests included: K1RZ, K8ISK, W4OC, AA4S, K8CC, W8MJ, AA8U, S55OO, K3MM, K3NA, AA6NT, W3IKE, ND3F and others. The QTH was destroyed during hurricane Georges in 2002 or so.
Also during this timeframe I travelled to Contadora Island , Panama to operate CQWW CW with Don , W4OC. We were hosted by Guenther, 3E1AA. The callsign used was 3E1CW if memory serves me correctly.
2002- Met my current wife Kemberly. Ham radio interest dwindled dramaticallyHmmmm.
2003- Sold the home and dream shack in Gray Court due to a work re-location. The antenna farm was dismantled and sold. Moved to Richmond, Va. Not active from this location.
2005- Moved to Denver, Co for work. Active on some bands from Parker, Co. with wire antennas. Changed callsign to W0MZ. Active from 10,400 ft ASL from Property I bought in Red Feather Lakes, Co. Operated the ARRL June VHF contest on 6M in 2008 from DN70.
2010- Moved back to Spartanburg, S.C. Re-acquired my N4UK callsign. Active on 40,80,160M with wire antennas.
2012- March. Permanently moved to Wilmington Island, Ga. Semi retired. Active on 40M SSB and CW and 6M. Savannah, Georgia is my favorite place in all of the U.S.! It took 20 years but I made it here!
One thing I have learned from the past 35 years of Ham Radio and marriages is that maintaining a good marriage and maintaining a big antenna farm both require the same amount of effort and work. I'd much rather put the work and effort into my marriage than an antenna farm. I am enjoying it immensely! (Except on some days)
And here I am and here is where I will tap out my last _ . _. _ _ . _
DXCC Totals confirmed all bands-
335 Total active and deleted.
DXCC Totals confirmed per band-
6M- 61 Worked / 32 Confirmed
160M 118 W/ 54C
All 40 zones worked and confirmed on each band 10-80M
VUCC Totals from N4UK , KP4XS/W4 EM84
6M- 265 Grids- All 50 states worked/ 38 states confirmed. 61 DXCC Countries worked
2M- 160 Grids- 37 States Confirmed. 5 countries confirmed terrestrial (W,VE,XE,C6,KP4)
222- 56 Grids
432- 71 Grids
902- 15 Grids
1296- 21 Grids
Other interests include Travel (Been to 20+ countries), Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Fishing and Crabbing, Boating and Hanging out at the Beach. Oh , and drinking beer and wine.
Wellington , New Zealand.
Lulu's in Kona, Hawaii
Near Tybee Island, Ga.
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