I was first licensed as KC8NGY in October 1999 at the age of 14. I upgraded to Extra in April 2000 and received the call AB8HM in June of that year. Later that year, I applied for the callsign N8HM. My station at that time consisted of a Kenwood TS-440S/AT and an MFJ-1798 80m-2m vertical antenna. I worked over 150 DXCC entities with that setup, but my interest in ham radio drifted somewhat and I was mostly inactive from 2002 through 2011.
Current station at N8HM - Top left: SignaLink USB Digital Interface, Bottom left: MFJ-1786 Super Hi-Q Loop Remote Control, Center: Yaesu FT-450D HF/50MHz Transceiver
MFJ-1786 Super Hi-Q Loop mounted on an MFJ-1918 tripod on my balcony.
View from the street of MFJ-1786 Super Hi-Q Loop mounted on an MFJ-1918 tripod on my balcony.
The antenna is lowered when not in use.
My main ham radio interests are HF DXing and contesting. I also enjoy VHF and satellite operation. With this station, I have worked all 50 states and 147 DXCC entities (106 QRP). My main modes of operation are RTTY, JT65, and PSK31. I also operate in SSB contests and a few CW contests.
My six meter antenna is a Blue Collar Ants Model 6A Magnetic Loop.
Blue Collar Ants Model 6A Magnetic Loop
When ARISSat-1 was deployed from the International Space Station in August of 2011, I got interested in amateur satellites. I purchased an Arrow 146/437-10WBP antenna and went out to the courtyard of my apartment building to listen to a few passes of ARISSat-1. I copied two SSTV images as well, though I wasn't using an audio cable to record the passes, so they are a bit noisy.
SSTV Image from the ARISSat-1 +Y camera on 18-Aug-2011
SSTV Image from the ARISSat-1 -Z camera on 18-Aug-2011
My Arrow antenna was dormant until September of 2012 when I made 7 QSOs via AO-27 from my parent's house in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (EN75). After that, I began to get more interested in satellite operation. I ran across WD9EWK's YouTube video and saw that he had operated the linear transponder satellites using a Kenwood TH-F6A HT as a downlink receiver, so I purchased one and attempted to make some QSOs. I struggled through a couple of QSOs with K4FEG and NS1Z. I continued to listen to passes, but lost interest somewhat until Field Day in June of 2013 when I again attempted to work a couple of passes. Unfortunately, I was not successful, but I learned about how to work the International Space Station digipeater and successfully digipeated a couple of packets and even made a few two-way QSOs.
To operate via the International Space Station's digipeater (and NO-44 PCSat when operational), I use a Yaesu FT-817ND, Arrow antenna, and an HTC One V Android smartphone running APRSDroid.
Screenshot of APRSDroid showing my packet being digipeated by the International Space Station.
After listening to a few passes, I decided that the lack of receive filtering in the TH-F6A was a problem and purchased an Icom IC-R10 handheld all-mode receiver on eBay. The receiver works far better for satellite operation. However, one problem I encountered in my urban environment was overload of the receiver on two meters from a couple of pager transmitters about a quarter mile away. I purchased a PAR Electronics filter and significantly reduced that problem. I also use the AMSAT broadband preamp and diplexers on the transmit and receive line to prevent desense of the receiver on Mode J.
My satellite equipment consists of a Yaesu FT-817ND, an Icom IC-R10 handheld all-mode receiver, and an Arrow 146/437-10WBP handheld satellite yagi. I am still getting the hang of satellite operation, so please bear with me. All satellite operation is done from the courtyard and parking lot of my apartment building using the setup below.
Portable satellite station: Yaesu FT-817ND HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver (for uplink), Icom IC-R10 Communications Receiver (for downlink),Arrow 146/437-10WBP satellite antenna
Below is audio from my first satellite DX QSO, with PV8DX on AO-7 Mode B, my first AO-7 Mode A QSO with AC0RA, a QSO via FO-29 with YV6BFE, and my first transatlantic QSO on AO-7 Mode B with EI5EV.
To receive the AO-7 Mode A downlink, I used my AlexLoop Walkham Portable Magnetic Loop. It did a reasonably good job given the high urban noise levels.
AlexLoop Walkham Portable Magnetic Loop on a tripod to receive the AO-7 Mode A 10m downlink, Arrow 146/437-10WBP for the 2m uplink.
Grids worked via satellite as of 20-Nov-2013
I QSL 100% via eQSL.cc, LoTW, and the QRZ.com Logbook. I will also respond to 100% of paper QSL requests received.
Hope to work you soon. 73!
ARRL DX Century Club (Mixed, 138) (#45,125)
ARRL DX Century Club (Digital, 108) (#3,357)
ARRL DX Century Club (Phone, 100) (#41,761)
ARRL DX Century Club (20 Meters, 114) (November 14, 2012)
ARRL Worked All States (Basic) (#56,354)
ARRL Worked All States (Digital) (June 14, 2012)
ARRL Worked All States (Digital-JT65) (December 19, 2012)
ARRL DXCC Millenium Award (September 2000)
ARRL QRP DXCC (November 2011)
ARRL Diamond DXCC Challenge (107) (July 26, 2012)
AMSAT Satellite Communicators' Club
AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Acheivement Award (#561)
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award (#US189)
JARL Amateur-Satellite "Fuji" Award (November 7, 2013)
SATPX Award (#012)
IARU Worked All Continents (Basic) (June 14, 2012)
CQ WPX (Mixed, 682, North American and European Continental Endorsements, 20m Band Endorsement) (#2,207)
CQ WPX (Digital, 512, North American and European Continental Endorsements) (#79)
CQ WPX Honor Roll (Mixed, 682)
CQ DX Field (Mixed, 50) (#130)
DARC Worked All Europe III (Mixed - 49 countries, 149 points) (#185)
DARC Worked All Europe III (Digital - 46 countries, 115 points) (#8)
DARC European DX Diploma (Mixed) (#960)
DARC European DX Diploma (CW) (#1389)
eQSL.cc eDX (100)
eQSL.cc eDX100 (Mixed, 100)
eQSL.cc ePFX300 (Mixed, 500)
eQSL.cc eWAS JT65
eQSL.cc eCanada (11)
ISS Fan Club ISS Achievement Award (Packet, SWL) (#248)
30 Meter Digital Group ITU Zone Award ITU-15 (#1,060)
30 Meter Digital Group WAC (#802)
30 Meter Digital Group CQZ-10 Award (#1,244)
30 Meter Digital Group Brass PA-100 (#1,316)
30 Meter Digital Group 30-30 Award (#1,771)
30 Meter Digital Group 10-EU Award (#1,697)
Top Contest Finishes:
2011 ARRL International DX Contest , CW - 1st Place Maryland-DC Section SOAB QRP
2011 ARRL International DX Contest , SSB - 1st Place Maryland-DC Section SOAB QRP
2011 CQ WPX SSB Contest - 2nd Place US 3rd Call Area (10th Place North America) SOAB QRP
2011 CQ WW DX RTTY Contest - 1st Place US 3rd Call Area SO 10m LP
2011 CQ WW DX SSB Contest - 1st Place US 3rd Call Area SOAB QRP
2011 ARRL 10 Meter Contest - 1st Place Maryland-DC Section SO SSB QRP
2011 Ten-Meter RTTY Contest - 1st Place, Single Operator, District of Columbia
2011 RAC Canada Winter Contest - 1st Place US 3rd Call Area SOAB QRP
2012 CQ WPX RTTY Contest - 1st Place US 3rd Call Area (2nd Place North America, 9th Place World) SOSB 15m QRP
2012 ARRL International DX Contest, CW - 1st Place Maryland-DC Section SOAB QRP
2012 CQ WW 160 Meter DX Contest, SSB - 1st Place District of Columbia SOHP (Assisted) (Op at W3DQ)
2012 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB - 1st Place Atlantic Division SOAB QRP
2012 CQ WW VHF Contest - 1st Place Maryland/DC SO QRP
2012 Hawaii QSO Party - 1st Place Class D - Digital Only, W3 Call Area
Potomac Valley Radio Club
QRP Amateur Radio Club International
American Radio Relay League
30 Meter Digital Group (#5,898)
Former Club Memberships:
Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club
Utica Shelby Emergency Communications Association
L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club
Please note that QSOs made from outside the District of Columbia will be confirmed via paper QSL and LoTW, but not eQSL until eQSL designs a better system for portable confirmations. Portable QSOs will not appear in ClubLog or Hamlog.eu.
My portable station consists of a Yaesu FT-817ND, AlexLoop Walkham Portable Magnetic Loop, a 102' doublet, and an Arrow handheld satellite antenna.
6/17/11 - Pedestrian mobile from the Pacific coast of Oregon (south of Seaside, OR). Worked NH6I on 17m SSB. Antenna: AlexLoop.
12/23/11 - Worked 15m and 20m PSK31 from Clinton Township, MI (EN82). Antenna: AlexLoop.
12/26/11 - Worked 15m and 20m JT65 from Clinton Township, MI (EN82). Antenna: AlexLoop.
9/3/12 - Worked 40m SSB and 20m RTTY from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: 102' doublet.
9/5/12 - Worked 30m JT65 and 40m PSK31 from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: 102' doublet.
9/5/12 - Made my first satellite QSO with K8YSE via AO-27 from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: Arrow.
9/6/12 - Worked six grids via AO-27 from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: Arrow.
9/6/12 - Worked 12m, 15m, and 17m SSB while sitting on the deck from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: AlexLoop.
9/7/12 - Worked 20m JT65 from Detour Township, MI (EN75). Antenna: AlexLoop.
9/8/12 - Made 5 QSOs in the WAE SSB contest while standing in the driveway in Clinton Township, MI (EN82). Antenna: AlexLoop.
6/22/13 - Made 11 QSOs from Fort Washington National Park in Fort Washington, MD during ARRL FIeld Day. Antenna: AlexLoop.
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