Welcome and thanks for looking me up on QRZ!
I was originally licensed as KB9YLD in 2000 and soon changed to my current vanity callsign of K9WKD. Until recently I have not been a very active ham. I recently had the desire to get into the hobby again. I went to the 2015 Hamvention in Dayton with my very good friend Chuck Pocius (NJ9Y) came back home, studied and passed the General and Amateur Extra exams. I then setup in my backyard and made many contacts during ARRL Field Day, completed a clean sweep in the 13 Colonies event, and I have now worked 117 (90 confirmed in LOTW) countries with 100 watts and a wire! I have found that I am enjoying contesting and special events! Some recent special events that I have participated in are The 10th Anniversary of Katrina, Route 66, Convoy on the Air, and currently National Fire Prevention.
I have worked some PSK31 but really enjoy SSB and I have made most of my DX contacts on 20M and 40M. I recently made my first DX contact with PI4COM in the Netherlands on 20M from my car in Illinois! Very exciting!
If you have questions about amateur radio I suggest you checkout the 100 Watts and a Wire group on Facebook. Cristian Cudnick (K0STH) created this group as a safe place to ask any questions you have about the hobby. The group also has a weekly net on Tuesday nights at 7p CDT (Wednesday 0000 UTC) on D-Star reflector REF026B. The 100 Watts and a Wire group uses 14.287 Mhz and 7.180 Mhz as calling frequencies. Many 100 Watters monitor these frequencies so go ahead and call CQ there and you might meet one. By the way, not every 100 Watter is only using 100 watts and a wire. Some have beams on towers and are pushing near limit legal power so everyone is invited to join in the conversation. Members of the group now have 100 Watts and a Wire IDs. My ID is #111! Go to http://www.100wattsandawire.com and get your 100WAAW ID too!
Christian also produces a very popular weekly podcast under the same name that you can find on iTunes, Slacker or on his website. The topics vary but are designed to be understandable for newer hams too. Give it a try, I think you will enjoy it!
I hope to meet you on the bands!
VE Affiliations: ARRL & W5YI
The above are photos of my base and mobile stations.
Here I am working field day in the back yard.
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