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I was licensed in March 2010 as KD8NJZ (General Class), and upgraded to Extra in April 2011. October 29, 2011 I changed my callsign from KD8NJZ to my current call, NM8W.
I enjoy SSB, CW (QRS...been ages since I operated the mode due to a busy work schedule), JT65, and PSK31. When portable, I prefer to run QRP - 5 watts from battery. I LOVE the challenge of it. In fact, my favorite QSO was during Field Day 2014. I managed to break through a pileup, using 5 watts. The other OM asked what power I was running when he heard QRP, and I replied with the 5 watts. His response: "You're running QRP 5 watts on FIELD DAY? You're brave!" MADE my day.
I QSL 100% via Direct, LoTW and eQSL. If you send me a QSL card with a return envelope, please be sure the envelope is 4 3/4" x 6 1/2", as my card is 4" x 6".
I enjoy ragchewing and very casual contesting now and then. (I'm most definitely NOT a hardcore contester.) If you'd like to sked a QSO, please drop me an email. I can work 40m down to 70cm m currently.
My station is a fairly humble one. I'm running a Yaesu 857D, barefoot at 100 watts. The antenna is a LDG v31 ground mounted vertical with 42 radials laid...and using a LDG Z-11Pro II antenna tuner. For digital modes (PSK31, RTTY, JT65 mainly) I use a SignaLInk USB interface, and DM780 for the software on a home built PC.
My home station as described above
There's the radial plate and radials being laid.
LDG 4:1 Balun
The LDG v31 Ground Mounted Vertical. You can see the Arrow JPole at the top right corner of the house for VHF/UHF
Navy Flameproof Key. I don't operate much CW. I had started to learn and got super busy at work and have lost what I had built in terms of speed. I DO like CW though.
NM8W/P - camping setup. I use a 40m dipole for when I"m portable. This entire setup fits in a backpack (albeit, it's heavy.)
NM8W/P minus the key.
My friend KB8BMN operating at Field Day at my 40m station.
NM8W and KB8BMN operating as a team at the ARRL Field Day
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