I support the DX Code Of Conduct and you can too. You can check it out at http://www.dx-code.org .
My main amateur radio web page is at http://www.w4hm.org . It is a gateway of sorts to many other web pages on the subject of amateur radio to include antenna projects, solar, space and geomagnetic weather as well as radio wave propagation.
If you are interested in solar, space and geomagnetic weather, as well as MF and HF radio wave propagation check out W4HM's Medium Frequency Radio Wave Propagation Theory notes at http://www.solarcycle24.org .
If you are interested in weather check out W4HM's Lakeland FL Daily Climatological Weather Data Archive at http://www.lakelandfloridaweather.org . It's a gateway of sorts for a variety of topics on meteorology. And last but not least check out W4HM's Florida Daily Weather Discussion at http://www.floridadailyweatherdiscussion.com .
I have many interests within the hobby. I enjoy antenna design via modeling, construction and experimentation, DX'ing, contesting, QRP operation via CW and the digital modes, digital modes operation such as BPSK31, JT65A, JT9, MFSK16, OLIVIA and RTTY. Also traditional AM, CW and SSB mode operation. I operate on 160-6 meters.
Recently I sold off allot of my radio equipment that I had collected during the past 10 years, as I was running out of space in my 12' x 13' radio room and at my summer home in Vermont. After 10 consecutive years of operating Icom only equipment recently I gave Kenwood a second try, a Kenwood TS-590S. Many years ago I owned a Kenwood TS-830S and always regretted selling it.
I also have a second Kenwood TS-590S which is dedicated to QRP operation on the digital modes such as JT65A and JT9. As of March 1, 2014 my QRP totals are 67 worked 54 confirmed as far as DXCC and 46 worked and 48 confirmed as far as WAS. Most of my QSO's have been with 1 watt.
Recently I sold my two Ameritron AL-80B amplifiers as they didn't figure into my medium (100 watts) and low (1-4 watts) power (QRP) digital operating habits anymore. No linear amplifier for the first time since 2002 but in the future I may get a couple of smaller cooler running solid state ones.
I currently have three antennas hanging in oak trees.
Antenna #1 is a 129 ft long inverted L with a 60 foot vertical section over twenty six 129 foot long radials for 160 meters. It is fed with 82 feet of RG-213U coax. I also use an 8 foot in diameter coaxial receive loop on 160 meters. Check it out at W4HM's 160 Meter 8 Foot Diameter Balanced Coaxial Receive Loop at http://www.wcflunatall.com/w4hm14.htm .
I'm a 160 meter aficionado and I've been on the band since 1989. I currently have 157 DXCC entities confirmed on the band.
Antenna #2 is a 62 foot long vertical over twenty six 64 foot long radials for 80 meters. It is fed with 82 feet of RG-213U coax.
Antenna #3 is a 300 foot long square in shape horizontal loop up at 35 feet at the corners for 80 through 6 meters. It is fed with 41 feet of 300 ohm window line. The antenna tuner is the MFJ-074HB balanced one. I have in the past used the Johnson Viking Matchbox and Palstar BT-1500A balanced antenna tuners but the MFJ has the broadest tuning range. Check it out at W4HM's 80-6 Meter Horizontal Loop Antenna at http://www.wcflunatall.com/w4hm15.htm .
I am an active QSL'er. I use ARRL LOTW and eQSL only. I don't use Club, QRZ or paper QSL cards and therefore not the Bureau either.
Previous callsigns are as follows. Novice in 1989 as KC4ONQ, Technician & General in 1990 as N4YPV, Advanced in 1990 as KN4LF, Advanced in 1993 as KN6YO, Advanced in 1994 as KG0NY, Advanced in 1998 as KU4QV, Advanced in 1999 as KN4LF vanity, Extra in 2008 as KN4LF vanity, Extra in 2009 as NZ4O vanity. Extra in 2013 as W4HM vanity. No more callsign changes!!!
I'm medically retired military, the U.S. Coast Guard. I actually served between 1976 and 1988. In the military amongst many other things I worked in radio communications, as well as terrestrial level aviation and marine weather forecasting/pilot briefings and physical oceanographic research.
I also worked in space and terrestrial level weather forecasting for some private weather forecasting companies, other federal government entities and in my consulting business. I have a total of 49 years of experience in space and terrestrial weather forecasting. I retired from "for profit" space and terrestrial weather forecasting in 2004.
I also have education in and 17 years experience in the national security arena, law enforcement, prison corrections, private investigations and loss prevention. I medically retired from law enforcement in 1999. The law enforcement career provided me with health insurance benefits for my family but it also meant years and years of 18 hour work days. It was very stressful and damaging to my health.
I'm an active SWL going back to 1965. I regulary DX and listen to programming on the LF, MF and SW bands. I also do some utility station DXing. I currently belong to the Medium Wave Circle, a MF club based in Great Britian. Their web page is http://www.mwcircle.org and I highly recommend the club. There is no fighting and intrigue going on in it like in most of the state side clubs.
Last but not the least I'm a born again Christian having accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior on April 1, 2004, no joke. As a Christian I am not perfect but am simply forgiven. As a fallible human being I still do sin on occasion and when I do I ask for forgiveness, receive it via the grace of God and move forward. If you would like to get to know Jesus Christ check out my ministry web page "Do You Know Jesus Christ?" at http://www.jesuschristissavior.com . Also check the web page of Dr. Charles Stanley my favorite minister and evangelist.
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