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I am always happy to work you again, even if same mode and same band. The bands are always different, maybe I have changed or tweaked my antenna, or the power is different and thus the exchanged signal reports are often interesting.  I will be participating in the ARRL International Grid Chase and I have set my log in WSJT-X software to zero contacts, so that all the station (grids) will appear new for 2018.

Since the first of August 2017, I spend most of my radio time on FT8.  The number of stations on a waterfall since the introduction of FT8 is incredible.  Sometimes there is almost no open slot in the 2.5-khz space for another signal.  At the end of September 2017, I did get my 160-meter dipole rehung. It is now an inverted-V with the apex at about 40 feet in a walnut tree and the ends at about 15 ft (photo to the right from Google Earth).  I had to add another 100 feet of coax but at 160 meters the loss should be pretty minimal.  The 200 ft of coax was three times the cost of the antenna (go figure!). I did significantly increase the distance that my signal gets out as seen on PSK Automatic Propagation Reporter.

My home station consists of a Yaesu FT-991A run through an LDG autotuner and fed into either 1) a Buckmaster OFC dipole for 80 meters through 10 meters, 2)  a homebrewed 3-element Yagi for 10 meters,  or 3) the 160-meter dipole.  This has worked well and the LDG tuner is very fast.  It is easy to make the radio happy on all the bands with the OFC-dipole with the tuner, even 15 meters.    Mostly, I am running digital (JT65, JT9, FT8, RTTY, PSK31, and other modes as I stumble into them).   For mobile operation, I use the Yaesu 857-D mounted in my pick-up with a dual-band 2m/70cm Comet sbb-5 antenna for VHF and  Hustler resonantors (12-m through 40-m) on a 54-inch mast for HF. 

I got my general license in April 2011 and in December of 2011 upgraded to extra class.  For my day job (sometimes nights and weekends), I teach biology courses (Genetics, Nutrition, Statistics, Vertebrate Natural History) at Emporia State University.  I got interested in amateur radio through disaster response efforts through the American Red Cross, though now my interest in amateur radio has broaden considerably beyond emergency response.

I am a member of the:

Emporia Amateur Radio Society (President 2012-2014, Secretary/Treasurer 2017 - pres)
Emporia State University Amateur Radio Club (Trustee)
Osage County Amateur Radio Club
Kansas City DX Club
PODXS 070 Club    #1766
Ten Ten International Net   #77519
American Radio Relay League

Last year, I was chasing NPOTA activations as time and conditions allowed, and finished the year with 154 confirmed QSOs. I have been participating regularly in the Kansas QSO party as either KD0OIX or as K0E.  I was operating as part of our club activities for special event stations, such as the four lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 (K0L)  and celebrating Veterans Day K0V. I am usually the station running digital.  In addition, I sometimes dabble in a contest, especially if it is a digital contest. I upload all my logs under my personal call to LOTW and EQSL.

Occassionally, I will operate under my personal call from the K0ESU station on the campus of Emporia State University, in which case I am operating from Lyon County (not Osage County) .  I also load these QSOs to LOTW as I can designate the correct county designation and grid locator. I have not figured out how to do this in EQSL. I am happy to exchange paper QSL cards and if you spend the money for a stamp, I am happy to spend the money for a stamp back to you.  I like chasing special event stations and collecting the paper QSL cards from those stations.

I am the club trustee for the Emporia State University Amateur Radio Club (K0ESU), which Max McCoy (KC0MAX) and I organized in December of 2011. I am a VE through ARRL.

WAS certificate for W1AW stations

It was great to have the W1AW stations operating during 2014 and I was often pushed to try new things, learn a new technique, or even improve my station in hopes of making a contact.  I did end the year having worked all states through W1AW stations in both digital and phone.

The DX Century Club was an exciting award to earn.  I thank all the stations who stayed with me while earning this award.  I was always at 100 watts or less, so it was tough on some of the DX stations to even hear me, much less pull me out of the pile-ups.

Thanks for stopping by.

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WS4A 2017-12-31 60M FT8 EL87UV United States CRAIG T CLARK
KF5MDY 2017-12-31 60M FT8 EM26VJ United States Brian R Green
N4R 2017-12-31 20M SSB AA00aa United States PVRC 70th Anniversary Special Event
PU5SVE 2017-12-31 15M FT8 GG35 Brazil EVAN SILVA
LU8EDA 2017-12-31 15M FT8 GF05rj Argentina HECTOR ENRIQUE LUJAN
N8TFD 2017-12-31 30M FT8 EM79 United States Steven A Lewis
KI8AF 2017-12-31 30M FT8 EN66hm United States GREGORY L HANSON
KM4LEW 2017-12-31 20M FT8 EL88SE United States Larry E Wissinger
WB2REM 2017-12-31 20M FT8 EL97ui United States JAMES I MILLNER
K2ANT 2017-12-31 17M FT8 DM33XB United States PAUL D ANTHONY
K7DB 2017-12-31 17M FT8 CN87un United States DAVID A BEHAR
K9YKL 2017-12-31 80M FT8 DN70 United States JAMES A YOUNG
WS4AM 2017-12-31 40M FT8 EL89NJ United States SAMUEL COSGROVE
WA6I 2017-12-31 40M FT8 CM95PF United States Brian E Leverich
W4XK 2017-12-31 80M FT8 EM75ID United States William P Stott, Jr

Book Totals: 8750 qso's   6279 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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United States Counties Award#3246
Granted: 2016-07-24 12:54:02   (KD0OIX)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 1000 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#2946
Granted: 2015-12-04 11:15:03   (KD0OIX)

World Continents Award#9016
Granted: 2015-05-20 03:30:02   (KD0OIX)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
United States Award#1195
Granted: 2015-05-20 03:20:01   (KD0OIX)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#7393
Granted: 2015-05-05 15:05:03   (KD0OIX)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    60 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
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