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

Located in Loudoun County, VA, grid locator FM19ee


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


**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!


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) 


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


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


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)


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.


​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).


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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