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Call me Rob.

Please look for NASA club stations on the air between 11 Dec. 2017 and 28 Dec. 2018 during the NASA On The Air event.  Details are at https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/ 

The Parks On The Air (POTA) contacts for KFF1043 Joe Wheeler State Park (Alabama) from 13 Nov. 2017 have been uploaded.  I used FT8 exclusively with an FT-891 at 40w to a G5RV Jr at 10 feet from a cabin on a bluff overlookin Wheeler Lake.

I've done recent talks on meteor scatter communications and HF propagation during the 2017 solar eclipse.  The slides (minus the animations) may be found at:

Meteor Scatter - Huntsville Hamfest and North Alabama DX Club


HF eclipse propagation - Huntsville Amateur Radio Club


 I was first licensed as Technician in 1973 as WA4KVO. Upgraded to Advanced in 1978 (tested at FCC Field Office in Atlanta) and assigned current call sign KB5EZ while going to grad school in New Mexico. Upgraded to Extra in 2000 after 15 years of inactivity. Wow, did the technology change while I wasn't paying attention!

I work for NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as Space Environments Team Lead. Responsible for compatibility of NASA flight projects with the meteoroid/orbital debris, ionizing radiation, neutral thermosphere, and ionospheric plasma environments.  Earned Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University .

Current research interest is observing meteoroid impacts on the Moon. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/index.html

Ham interests are contests, DXing, meteor scatter, RTTY, JT65, and portable SOTA/POTA operations.  

I've been enjoying the combination of contests and portable ops and have operated several contests picnic table or state park cabin portable.  This is a great way to test your go box and portable antenna.

The ARRL's National Parks on the Air was a great event for portable operators.  The combination of being in the great outdoors and being the object of a pileup is probably as close to a DXpedition as I'll ever get.  I activated TR12 The Trail of Tears on a warm clear day in Jan. 2016 and Chickamauga National Military Park MP01 (which is a 2-fer with TR12) on a much warmer day on 1 July.  There are several routes for the Trail of Tears in the southeast U.S. I setup in downtown Madison, AL near a plaque describing the Drane Overland Route.  In a couple of hours I had worked 65 stations most of which were in a 30 minute period after someone spotted me on the DX cluster.  I used my FT-897 at 100w to a 20m end-fed antenna.  Power was provided by a deep-cycle battery I keep charged with a set of 45w solar panels.  Thank you to all who patiently waited while I worked the pile.  I've also activated Russell Cave Nat. Monument MN64.   I recentely helped with the NN4SA activation of Little River Canyon PV12/TR12 and made a few for myself as well mostly on 20m PSK31.

Here is my setup at Chickamauga Nat. Military Park on Nov 26.  Note the cannons in the background on the right.  G5RV Jr suspended in the middle with a lighting tripod and a crappie pole.

...and my new go kit - FT-897, WinKeyer, MFJ tuner, MFJ power supply when AC is available.  This is all in a 6U rack case from MCM electronics.  I generally use a deep cyle marine battery solar charged for power.

Passport stamps for 2 fun days on Thanksgiving weekend.  Note that Russell Cave has a Trail of Tears stamp but ARRL doesn't recognize it as an NPOTA multiple "2 fer".


Below - Jan 2016 activation of TR12


The ARRL Centennial was a great operating event.  I worked hard at it with my 100w and dipoles and came in #8 in Alabama for the W1AW portables with 688 band/modes and all 50 states.  That gave me #743 of over 199,000 entries.  Also got a Level 3 certificate for 11,101 points and 1485 Qs in the Centennial Points Challenge.

Operated as W1AW/4 Alabama in June and October 2014, 17m RTTY, 100 watts to a dipole.

My contesting is casual, search and pounce, just for fun. Imagine my surprise when I started getting award certificates in the mail from ARRL.

   First Place Alabama Section for the 2012 Sweepstakes SSB contest, single operator, low power.

   First Place Alabama 2012 10m contest, single op, phone only, low power

   First Place Alabama Section 2012 IARU HF World Championship, single op, phone only, low power 

All that makes me want to try a little harder in other contests.  Of course if you are the only entry you have a good shot at winning :-)

Triple Play (WAS on CW, digital, and phone) # 1332.

DXCC # 59,230 - 182 confirmed

 The first 150 were all with 100W max and all but 3 were with dipoles.  I now occasionally use the MSFC ARC TH11DX      and a newly resurrected ancient Kenwood TL-922A amplifier to get through the pileups a little quicker.

Worked All States # 57,530.

QRP ARCI # 15186.

Member of NASA MSFC Amateur Radio Club - NN4SA (ex-WA4NZD)  and North Alabama DX Club.

   Operated N4A NASA MSFC Special Event Station commemorating 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 mission. (July 2014)

   Operated WA4NZD NASA MSFC Special Event Station celebrating successful flight test of Orion vehicle (Dec. 2015)

   Operated NN4SA Special Event Station celebrating 25th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope launch.

   Operated NN4SA Special Event Station celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 14 (Feb. 2016)

   Operated NN4SA Special Event celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 15 (Jul.-Aug. 2016)

Station: Yaesu FTDX-3000, 20m dipole, 30m dipole, 40m dipole, 6m homebrew Moxon beam, eggbeaters for 2m and 70cm. In the process of installing a MA5B small 5 band beam.  Yaesu FT-1900R 2m, Alinco DJ-V5 HT, Bao Feng UV 5R (I couldn't resist a $30 radio), MFJ tuners.  I use LP-PAN2 and NaP3 to see what is going on around me.

QRP operations: Ten Tec Rebel Open Source CW rig modified for JT65.  See Ten Tec Rebel Yahoogroup for details.

Mobile/portable (and VHF/UHF/satellite) operation: Yaesu FT-897D, hamstick antennas for 40m, 20m and 17m, end fed 20m and 40m and G5RV Jr. for stringing in the trees or tripod-mounted crappie pole.  For portable digital mode ops use Windows 10 laptop or Raspberry Pi 3 with 7inch touch panel display (FLDIGI). Powered by marine battery charged by solar panels - 100% green ops.  Recently added Yaesu FT-891 to my portable operating equipment.  It is a great radio, considerably better than the 897.

I prefer Logbook of the World but will QSL direct and infrequently upload to eQSL.


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