Hello! My name is Andy and I have been an amateur radio operator since 1996, when I passed the Technician test with the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club in Mount Vernon, VA. My callsign was KF4KHC, which I held until I moved to New Jersey in 2001.
I also held the callsign HL9HCT from August 1997 to August 1998 while I was stationed in Seoul, South Korea. While there, I operated 2m FM from my barracks room using a J-Pole at the end of a PVC pipe stuck out of my window. I managed roughly 300 QSO's while I was there. During that time, there were no repeaters in Seoul, so everything was 2m FM simplex. I also collected around 30 QSL cards while there.
When I moved back to New Jersey, I wanted a new callsign since I was in the "2" area. I enjoyed SSB, so I became KC2SSB. I kept that callsign until October 2012, when I obtained the new vanity callsign of W2PSK, due to my enjoyment of PSK.
I now rarely work any modes other than PSK or JT65. Occasionally I will venture into the SSB portion of the bands, but not very often.
ARRL Awards: DXCC, Worked All States (Basic), Worked All States (Digital)
Worked All States
Green: Confirmed by paper/eQSL/LOTW, Red: Need paper QSL, Blue: Need eQSL, Purple: Need eQSL/Paper
International Space Station QSO
On 23 June 2002, shortly after Field Day ended, I managed a contact with RS0ISS on 2m FM simplex, using a double zep vertical antenna 10 feet off of the ground and 50 watts.
I use the following equipment at my home QTH: Yaesu FT-857D multimode HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, LDG Meter, SignaLink USB, MFJ-297 Desk Microphone, LDG AT-100 Pro Autotuner. I have two antennas. One is a Maldol HVU-8 vertical. I use it on 20m to 80m and also on 6m. My other antenna is an IMax 2000 vertical, which is used 10m to 17m. I also have two slopers for 160m and 80m that I have to put on the roof when the weather is better. In my garage I have a Comet GP-15 that I used to have on the roof. I plan on putting that back up so I can have a good antenna for 6m/2m/70cm. I may also put my 6m loop antenna back on the roof again some day.
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