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For some reason eQSL hasn't been confirming a bunch of recent WWFF contacts. I'm looking through but I've yet to find one that wasn't in my paper log and in the uploaded ADIF file. I'm (slowly) manually going through and confirming those.


I did an activations for World Wildlife Flora and Fauna from Bethpage State Park (KFF-2014) in New York on 2017-10-22 . Everything has been loaded to QRZ, eQSL, and LOTW, and submitted for WWFF credit.  If you worked me during this (or any other) activation and don't have a confirmation please get in touch.  My email here is good.


I'm currently only missing Iowa, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island for CW WAS over on LOTW.  If you're in any of these states and can help out, please get in touch.  Thanks!


I originally got my Novice ticket as KA2ESK in 1977 or so, but was inactive for many years.  I had it reinstated in 1997 and again, let it lapse for lack of use.  In January of 2014 I was relicensed as a Technician under the callsign KD2FKM (and then promptly moved to England for a year, where I couldn't operate), but applied for my original call as a vanity call.  In January of 2016 I passed my General exam and in May of 2016 I passed Amateur Extra.  I was granted K2FI in May 2017, exactly a year after I passed Amateur Extra.

I'm primarily interested in QRP portable operation, because that lets me combine radio with being out on the hiking trail or at the beach. My primary radio is a Yaesu FT-817nd that I'm mainly running into a Super Antenna MP1 or a SOTAbeams Bandhopper linked dipole.  I also use the LNR Precision Mountain Topper QRP rig and and an Icom 706-MkII.  I'm strictly an HF guy; I don't think I've been on 2m or higher since I was in my high school club.

I don't have a home shack and always operate portable.  The noise floor at home is WAY too high, so I'll head out to a local park or the beach. Usually, I'll just plunk my radio down on a convenient spot along the side of a hiking trail but sometimes I'll bring a folding table and a chair with me.

QRZ, LOTW, eQSL, or direct.  I'll be happy to exchange QSL cards with you, no SASE required (in fact, I love getting QSL cards and I'll probably send you one even if I confirm online). 

Most of the pictures from my  NPOTA activations are in a Flickr album.  But here's my MTR and an EFHW during an hour I had in Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio.  Tough operating conditions -- QRP and in a valley with a low antenna, but I still managed to get 3 QSOs.  I love this radio so much.

My FT-817nd and MP1 antenna out for a hike on a trail overlooking Long Island sound.  I did a 5W SSB QSO from Long Island, NY to Austria that day. Not too bad at all.  This is my main radio.  It's a fabulous all-mode, all-band QRP rig.



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