I have been interested in radio for most of my life. 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 and received the callsign N8HM.
My main amateur radio interests include satellites, contesting, DXing, and digital modes. Currently I serve as the Secretary and First Alternate Director of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA). I also serve as an Area Coordinator for AMSAT. In addition, I am a member of AMSAT-UK and the Potomac Valley Radio Club.
I first became interested in amateur satellites when ARISSat-1 was deployed from the International Space Station in August of 2011. 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 on FO-29 and VO-52. 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, PCSAT (NO-44), and other satellites with AX.25 digipeaters, I first used a Yaesu FT-817ND, Arrow antenna, and an HTC One V Android smartphone running APRSDroid. I now own a Kenwood TH-D7A(G) and will use that in conjunction with an Arrow antenna either alone or with a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.
Screenshot of APRSDroid showing my packet being digipeated by the International Space Station.
My current satellite equipment consists of a Yaesu FT-817ND, a Yaesu FT-817 (with blown finals, used as the downlink receiver), and either an Elk 2M/440L5 Log Periodic Antenna or an Arrow 146/437-10BP. I also use a High Sierra Microwave LNAA146FIL filtered preamp with about 15 dB of gain and a 2 dB noise figure for 2 meters and a High Sierra Microwave LNAA432 with about 19 dB of gain and a 0.53 dB noise figure for 70cm. I recently obtained a Microset VUR-30 dual band amplifier that provides about 30 watts on VHF and 25 watts on UHF. Before I obtained the second FT-817, I used an Icom IC-R10 handheld communications receiver as the downlink receiver. Since I live in an apartment building without roof access, all satellite operation is done from either my south facing balcony or the courtyard and parking lot of my apartment building using the setup below. With this setup, I've worked 49 states (missing Hawaii), 11 Canadian provinces/territories (missing Northwest Territories and Nunavut), and 64 DXCC entities on 4 continents (Alaska, Azores, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, England, Finland, Faroe Islands, France, French Guiana, French St. Martin, Germany, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guernsey, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Madeira Island, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saba & Sint Eustatius, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, St. Paul Island, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Saint Vincent, Scotland, Sint Maarten, Spain, Sweden, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United Nations Headquarters, United States, U. S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, and Wales). I hold a satellite VUCC (#248) and have received the AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award, the AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award, and the AMSAT OSCAR Century Award.
My portable satellite station
Working W1AW/8 in Michigan on VO-52 during a demo at the Vienna Wireless Winterfest
Grids worked (blue) / confirmed (red) via satellite as of 09-Oct-2016 (827 worked in 48 fields / 726 confirmed / 512 awarded)
European grids worked (blue) / confirmed (red) via satellite as of 09-Sep-2016
North American grids worked (blue) / confirmed (red) via satellite as of 09-Sep-2016
Satellite QSO Statistics as of 09-Sep-2016
For HF and 6m. I use a Yaesu FT-450D HF/6m transceiver, an MFJ-1786 30m-10m magnetic loop on my south facing balcony, and an Arrow II 52-1BP dipole for 6m. I have worked WAS, WAC, and 161 DXCCs with this setup. On 6m, in limited operating time, I have worked 15 DXCCs, 24 states, and 98 grids.
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.
Arrow II 52-1BP Dipole
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, 150) (#45,125)
ARRL DX Century Club (Digital, 118) (#3,357)
ARRL DX Century Club (Phone, 117) (#41,761)
ARRL DX Century Club (CW, 100) (#22,414)
ARRL DX Century Club (20 Meters, 125) (November 14, 2012)
ARRL DX Century Club (15 Meters, 102) (March 4, 2014)
ARRL DX Century Club (10 Meters, 104) (#35,023)
ARRL VHF/UHF Century Club (Satellite, 512) (#248)
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 Worked All States (20 Meters) (December 9, 2014)
ARRL DXCC Millenium Award (September 2000)
ARRL QRP DXCC (November 2011)
ARRL Diamond DXCC Challenge (107) (July 26, 2012)
ARRL Centennial Points Challenge Award (Level 2, 3,773 points)
AMSAT Satellite Communicators' Club
AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Acheivement Award (#561)
AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award (#166)
AMSAT OSCAR Century Award (#44)
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr. (W4AMI) Satellite Operator Achievement Award (4,000) (#82)
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr. (W4AMI) 5000+ Satellite Operator Achievement Award (#33)
South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award (#US189)
JARL Amateur-Satellite "Fuji" Award (November 7, 2013)
SATPX Award (#012)
The Star Comm Group Got Grids? Award (#6)
The Star Comm Group 5 in EM55 Award (#49)
73 on 73 Award (#26)
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, OSCAR Endorsement) (#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 (125)
eQSL.cc eDX100 (Mixed, 125)
eQSL.cc ePFX300 (Mixed, 607)
eQSL.cc eWAS JT65
eQSL.cc eCanada (11)
eQSL.cc eGrid (Satellite #57, 75)
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
2013 Ten-Meter RTTY Contest - 1st Place, Single Operator, District of Columbia
2015 AMSAT Field Day - 1st Place, Home Station on Emergency Power
Potomac Valley Radio Club
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.
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 stations 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.
11/27/13 - 11/30/13 - Made satellite QSOs from Clinton Township, MI (EN82)
12/21/13 - 12/27/13 - Made satellite QSOs from Clinton Townhip, MI (EN82)
12/29/13 - 1/3/14 - Made satellite QSOs from Emerald Isle, NC (FM14)
2/23/14 - Made 13 QSOs on passes of VO-52 and FO-29 while conducting a demo at the Vienna Wireless Winterfest in Annandale, VA (FM18jt)
5/16/14 - 5/18/14 - Operated satellites from the AMSAT demo station at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH (EM79)
10/9/14 - 10/12/14 - Operated satellties from the AMSAT Symposium in Linthicum, MD (FM19)
11/26/14 - 11/30/14 - Made satellite QSOs from Clinton Township, MI (EN82)
12/24/14 - 12/26/14 - Made satellite QSOs from Clinton Township, MI (EN82)
12/28/14 - 1/3/15 - Made satellite QSOs from Gaylord, MI (EN74), the EN74/EN75 line, the EN84/EN85 line, and EN75. Also made several HF QSOs from EN74.
5/15/15 - 5/17/15 - Operated satellites from the AMSAT demo station at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH (EM79)
8/29/15 - Operated in the 2015 W/VE Islands QSO Party from East Potomac Park, Washington, DC (DC002R)
10/14/15 - 10/18/15 - Operated satellties from the AMSAT Symposium in Dayton, OH (EM79)
11/25/15 - 11/27/15 - Operated satellties from Clinton Township, MI (EN82)
12/23/15 - 12/30/15 - Operated satellites from Clinton Township, MI (EN82)
3/28/16 - Operated two passes of FO-29 from the National Mall for ARRL National Parks on the Air
5/20/16 - 5/22/16 - Operated satellites from the AMSAT demo station at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH (EM79)
6/4/16 - Worked one pass of SO-50 from Empire, MI (EN64)
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