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Licensed as KN4MSG in 1957, K4MSG in 1958.  Extra Class license.

Located in Loudoun County, VA, grid locator FM19ee

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QSL via LoTW (preferred), Direct or Buro.  Please use Postal Code 20158-3301.

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**UPDATE**  Again operational on "small-station" 432 MHz EME with 500w, a 0.5 dB LNA, and a single 15-el. K1FO Yagi. 

A bit of history:  Since 1957 I have enjoyed many facets of Amateur Radio including HF rag-chewing, CW DX chasing, SSB & CW traffic net operation, VHF/UHF weak-signal operation, and home-brewing.  Beginning in the mid-2000s I added digital meteor scatter on 144 MHz, and in early 2013 expanded to small-station digital EME on 144 & 432 MHz.  I "retired" from EME operation in early 2017 after earning VUCC endorsements up to 250 grid locators on 144 MHz and a 60-grid endorsement on 432 MHz.  I also successfully completed WAC on both 144 & 432 MHz.     

I have been using CW, SSB, and digital (all modes of WSJT-X) on 144 & 432 MHz for terrestrial and meteor scatter.  I am a grid-chaser, so if I haven't worked your grid - or even if I have - I'd enjoy trying a QSO with you!  Look for me on the N0UK Ping Jockey chat page (for meteor scatter) or on the ON4KST 144/432 Region 2 chat page (for terrestrial QSOs), or send me an email.  Let's set up a schedule!

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Station Equipment

Kenwood TS-2000X (100w on HF & 2m)

ARR 2m LNA (0.55 dB NF)

70cm homebrew 500w amplifier

​ARR 70cm LNA (0.5 dB NF)

​(Backup 70cm LNA: WA2ODO, 0.3 dB NF) 

Antennas

HF: 80-40m loaded dipole (all HF bands w/tuner)

2m meteor scatter:  M2 2M7 7-element Yagi @ 17'

70cm EME:  DSEFO432-15RS 15-element

Memberships  

A-1 Operator Club;  ARRL(LM);   CWops(LM);   Northeast Weak Signal Group (N.E.W.S.);   Loudoun ARG.

Awards

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)

DXCC - CW

WAS - CW, Mixed Mode, and 1976 Bicentennial  

WAC - CW, Digital; endorsements for 144 & 432 MHz

VUCC (confirmed/worked grids):  50 MHz (130/130);  144 MHz (263/267);  432 MHz (69/70).

Personal Info  

Retired from U.S. Navy as Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) after more than two decades of service.  Also retired from post-military engineering career in AM/FM broadcasting (Chief Engineer), Defense (Principal Systems Engineer/Hardware Engineer) and telecommunications (Senior Hardware Engineer).  BS, MS, Life Senior Member of IEEE, co-inventor on one U.S. patent in telecommunications.  FCC commercial licenses:  Radiotelegraph, T (formerly 2nd Class Radiotelegraph, T2); Radiotelephone, PG (formerly First Class Radiotelephone, P1); GMDSS Maintainer, DM.  All licenses carry Ship Radar Endorsement. 

Enjoy world traveling by land or cruise ship (once a sailor, always a sailor!) with my lovely and long-suffering wife of 49 years, Sandra.  Also dabble with the 5-string banjo & banjola and occasional astronomical observing using a Questar 3.5" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope.

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​K4MSG, February, 2018

Station set-up for HF, 144 MHz meteor scatter/terrestrial, and 432 MHz EME.  Note the homebrew 500w 432 amplifier and the cable egress (left center, just below ARRL plaque) that interfaces with the TX /RX cables to the LNA/antenna switching unit.  During EME operation the latter is located at the EME antenna, a tripod-mounted 15-el. K1FO Yagi on a U-100 azimuth rotator w/manual elevation (shown below).

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The *FIRST* K4MSG EME Adventure. 2013-2017

Between March of 2013 and January of 2017 I operated 2m & 70cm "small station" EME using modest power levels and a single antenna on each band, then "graduated" to a two-antenna array for each band (bottom photo).  Power levels were 200w and later 350w on 2m and mostly 170w on 70cm, with a short-term EME power increase on 70cm to 500w (Nov. 2016 thru Jan. 2017). The two-antenna arrays were two 9-el. Yagi (vertically polarized) on 2m and two 18-el. LFA (horizontally polarized) on 70cm.

EME Statistics

2m:  Initials - 177; Grids - 139; DXCC - 36;  WAC - 6

70cm:  Initials - 41;  Grids - 37; DXCC - 19;  WAC - 6

November 2016 Shack & EME Antennas

    

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