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.
3/17/14 Confirmed all 50 states for my WAS and 98 confirmed countries so far.
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.
4/28/13 Just received a SRD-RTL device and have it working on WinSDR software. It is fun to play with on VHF. Now I need to get the HF upconverter.
5/11/13 Played around in my first 6 meter sprint and had a great time.
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.
10/6/13 Worked 100 stations on the California QSO Party.
10/20/13 Worked 170 contacts for the IL QSO Party.
11/15/13 Trying to learn CW! much easier to send than receive.
2/8/14 Working on triple play award.
2012 Illinois QSO Party
Power box I built.
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