New ham as of Dec 2010.
Studying for Extra exam.PASSED exam on 4/21/12.
DX Engineering 10-80 vertical. Coax is buried and the ground radials are in place. 36 radials at 32 feet long. See attached picture for the radials and base of antenna.
Changed callsign from KC9TJZ to ND9E on 6/29/12.
10/21/12 Operated portable in the IL QSO Party. Made 178 contacts running on batteries and solar panel charger. Picture below is the setup for IL QSO Party. Red tool box is my power center for field work. Box has meters that show voltage and charge/discharge of batteries. It also contains solar charge controller, DC booster, USB port and cig plug socket. It was interesting watching it discharge on TX and then recharge during RX. Meter panel folds down into the box and lid latches when not in use.
5/18/13 Made my first trip to Dayton. Quite an experience.
7/2/13 Trying to work the 13 Colonies event but my vertical doesn't hear the east coast very well on 20M and can't get through the pile-ups on 40M. Finally got all 13 plus the bonus station. That was fun!
8/8/13 Installed a Motorola Spectra radio in the pick up truck. Also installed the antenna for a future APRS radio.
9/14/13 Enjoyed the Route 66 special event until I only needed 1 station then it became a mission! Finally found W6M to finish off all 18 stations. Lots of fun! Got my certificate on 10/10/13.
4/1/14 Installed APRS in the pickup truck.
4/5/14 Operated as K0E/M for the Missouri QSO Party.
10/13/14 Prepping for the ILQP!
10/19/14 Worked 151 contacts during ILQP with some CW this year. My person best score so far. 3 element yagi is so I could talk to other portable stations.
10/30/14 Just earned Triple Play award and worked all 50 states for W1AW portable stations.
11/9/14 10 meter ground plane antenna is up! Works well on the local net.
11/29/14 Put up 146 ft inverted L antenna with 9:1 balun. Now I can get on 160 meters and 80 meters is much better.
12/6/14 Operated in the ARRL 160 meter CW contest. Made 102 contacts all as search and pounce.
12/13/14 Operated portable with a group called RaDAR. Made 12 contacts from 3 locations in 3 hours.
12/25/14 Just finished my last W1AW portable station contact for a W1AW/P triple play. Just will have to wait for the LOTW confirmation now.
1/17/15 Operated portable with the RaDAR group from 3 locations.
1/24/15 Purchased a IC-703 QRP rig. Love the internal tuner!
2/7/15 Operated QRP for the first time. Made 14 contacts in the MNQP contest.
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