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I was licensed as a Novice in 1988, and have enjoyed Amateur Radio in its many forms ever since. Among the MANY facets of this hobby that I participate in, most of my time lately has been spent via CW, although I have made more QSOs with old-fashioned RTTY than ANY other mode.  I also enjoy contesting...slugging it out with the big guns in the Single Operator/Single Band (usually 10m) QRP categories.  I am the current record holder for the 2nd Call Area in several CQ contests for both 20 and 10 meters.

I am 100% QRP, and have been for the entire 29 years of being licensed.  The old adage that "Power is No Substitute For Skill" is without a doubt TRUE!  With QRP, I've earned Worked All Continents, Worked All States, DXCC, CQ WPX, as well as the many AMSAT awards I hold.

The Summer of 2017 has been the best of years for me...be it personally (marrying the woman of many dreams), amateur radio (TONS of 6 Meter activity...thanks to FT8 and MSK144 ), and professionally (moving up the food chain at work).  

After nearly 20 years of being a PBX technician, I am now a field technician for Spectrum/Time Warner Cable...based out of Niagara Falls, NY.

Now that life has become NORMAL again, time to finish all of the QRP rigs that need TLC here in the new mancave. 


73 from Western New York!!!

(PS: The NEW QTH is on Grand Island, NY...I will be updating my ticket any day now...hihi)

My Station:

HF: Yaesu FT-817ND, Radio Shack HTX-10

VHF: Icom IC-290A, Baofeng UV5RA

Digital Interface: Buxcomm RASCAL

Digital Suites Used: WSJT-X v1.8 rc-8007, fldigi (Windows AND Mac), MSHV 1.42

HF Antenna: LNR Precision EF-10/20/40 and EARCHI endfed

Tuner: LDG AT-100 Pro Autotuner
VHF Antenna: Arrow Antennas Dual-Band Groundplane
CW Keys/Keyers:
-2000 Vibroplex "Brass Racer" Iambic paddle
-1995 Nye Viking Speed-X straight key
-1965 Vibroplex Original Presentation
-1966 Heathkit HD-10 electronic keyer
-1975 Ten-Tec KR5 keyer
-1985 Heathkit Micromatic SA-5010 Iambic/Memory keyer.
My Clubs/Groups:
SKCC #13171C
North American QRP CW Club #1931
30 Meter Digital Group #919
Feld Hell Club #1049
BARTG #8414
QRP ARCI #9675
WSSTVC (World SSTV Club) #1030
My Accomplishments:
- Straight Key Century Club "Centurion Award"
- 101 DXCC countries worked/confirmed QRP (including Navassa Island, Antarctica, Kiribati, and Ascension Island)
- 7 Continent W.A.C.
- W.A.S. Basic
- W.A.S. Digital
- 49 States W.A.S. RTTY
- 47 States 40 Meters
- 43 States 20 Meters
- CQ WPX Digital (300+ Prefixes)
- CQ WPX Mixed  (400+ Prefixes)
- Featured in QRP Quarterly (Front Cover) April 2000
- ARRL / W1AW Code Proficiency (CP-20) Award
- AMSAT Satellite Communicators' Club
- eQSL "eDX Award"
- 1st Place NY: 2000 QRPARCI Winter Fireside SSB Sprint
- 1st Place 40 meters: 2007 QRPARCI Homebrew Summer Sprint
- 3rd Place QRP Class: 2011 NCJ NAQP RTTY Contest
- 2nd Place "U.S. 2nd Call Area"/ 5th Place North America Single-Op/All Band QRP: 2011 CQ WPX RTTY Contest
- 2nd Place "U.S. 2nd Call Area"/ 6th Place North America Single-Op/All Band QRP: 2012 CQ WPX RTTY Contest
- 3rd Place "SWL Class": 2012 TARA RTTY Melee
- 3rd Place U.S./5th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 28 MHz QRP: 2013 CQ WPX RTTY Contest.
- 1st Place "2nd U.S. Call Area" / 3rd Place North America Single-Op / Single-Band 20m QRP: 2013 CQ WPX CW Contest
- 3rd Place QRP: October 2013 North American RTTY Sprint
- 1st Place "U.S. 2nd Call Area" / 2nd Place North America / 6th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 10m QRP: 2013 CQ WW RTTY (2nd Call Area Record Holder for this contest)
- 2nd Place "U.S."/10th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 10m QRP: 2014 CQ WPX RTTY
- 2nd Place North America/8th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 20m QRP: 2015 CQ WPX RTTY Contest
- 1st Place U.S. / 8th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 10m QRP Assisted: 2015 CQ WW SSB Contest
- 2nd Place U.S. / 14th Place World Single-Op/Single-Band 20m QRP Assisted: 2015 CQ WW CW Contest

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United States Counties Award#1993
Granted: 2016-07-20 01:42:03   (KB2HSH)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#121
Granted: 2015-01-14 17:21:27   (KB2HSH)

  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#116
Granted: 2015-01-14 17:21:24   (KB2HSH)

  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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