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***Between 18 August 2016 and 27 September 2017, I operated from a second location (in EM58) as KM7N/9.  That operation has ceased***

My New Year's Resolution for 2018 was trying out Satellites.  I use an Arrow antenna with my FT-817, or if I am mobile, I use my FT-8800 and Comet antenna.  I have a "new to me" Kenwood TH-D7A(G) on it's way to me right now to hopefully make my satellite work more flexible. This is so much fun, and I can't thank the AmSat community enough for eagerly embracing me and patiently teaching me all I need ot know to be successful.  Of particular note is Patrick, WD9EWK, who has taken lots of time to help me figure things out.  If you hear me on one of the birds, please give me a call!

I have always been interested in radio communications, having gotten my first CB when I was in middle school and my first scanner while in junior high. Life tended to get in the way though, and it wasn't until 2002 that I finally got my Technician license, though it took too many years since then for me to really get active in the hobby. I upgraded to General in November 2010, and upgraded to Extra one year (to the day!) later in November 2011.

I was initially licensed in Nevada as KD7QYE, but that call proved to be a challenge, as I always had to emphasize that it was "QYE" not "QIE" (say it out loud-you'll see what I mean!). So I went looking for a vanity call that fit, and as a pilot I was hoping for something that ended with "FLY." There was none to be had, so I picked the closest thing, and that is how I ended up with K7FLI. I became pretty attached to that call, but with my DXing and contesting activities, eventually a shorter call was needed. Im happy to report that on 12/24/13, the FCC granted me KM7N!

My shack consists of the following equipment:

Icom IC-707;

Yaesu FT-857;

Alinco ALR-22T with an MFJ 1278B TNC for my APRS digi/iGATE (KM7N-5);

GE Monogram 16-channel VHF radio running 40 watts for my backup 2 Meter rig;

Yaesu FT-1900R for 2M base station;

Yaesu FT-8800 2M/70cm Mobile

Jetstream JT270 2M/70CM Mobile

Baofeng UV-5R for portable 2M/70cm use (usually used for APRS with my Mobilinkd)

Icom ID-31A for DStar use

Radio Shack HTX-202/TinyTrak3+ for a portable/mobile APRS tracker

 

My "permanently installed" antennas include:

Hy-Gain AV-12AVQ Triband Vertical (ground mounted)

G5RV (Inverted V) at 20 feet

End-Fed Multiband Dipole at 20 feet

Dual Band Roll-Up J-Pole at 10 feet

2M Roll-up J-Pole at 15 feet (for APRS digi/iGate and packet)

 

My "Portable" station is an FT-817 and the following antennas:

MP-1 Super Antenna

Yo-YoTenna

See my portable operations here:http://www.qrz.com/db/km7n/qrp

 

I am a member of the Radio Society of Tucson, Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society, Central Arizona DX Association, Arizona Outlaws Contest Club, PODXS/070 Club (#1310), the European PSK Club (#14136), 30 Meter Digital Group (#4559), and OMISS (#7418). My interests include digital modes (especially JT65 and PSK31), DX, NTS, Awards/Contesting, APRS, and Echolink. I am also an ARRL-VEC Volunteer Examiner.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hams who have been the most influential in my amateur radio "career":

Lloyd-KC5FM (General encouragement and support)

Tom-K7VOA (Station setup and antennas)

Greg-KC5ZGG and Bill-KC7ZZ (NTS and EMCOMM Mentors)

Mike-W0MRZ and Chuck-W6ZX (Award-chasing Mentors)

Jim-WB7B (DXing Mentor)

Your insight, advice, help and generosity have encouraged me and helped me to grow as an amateur radio operator. THANK YOU ALL!

 

I upload 100% of my QSOs to LOTW and eQSL, and I will respond to 100% of the cards I receive via the same method (no SASE required for direct QSLs- If you spring for the postage to get it to me, the very least I can do is spring for the postage to return a card to you!). I appreciate all the QSOs!

From 1/3/2013 through 2/1/2013 I operated K7FLI/5 from EL29kn outside of Houston, Texas. I was "Hotel Room Portable" with my FT-857 and a Yo-Yo-Tenna strung up in my hotel room. I will QSLonly via LOTW and eQSL for contacts during this period. Thanks!

 

Awards:

DXCC (Mixed)- 20 Apr 12 (#46,344)

DXCC (Phone)- 14 May 13

WAS Triple Play - 12 Sep 11 (#592)

WAS (Mixed) - 13 Apr 11 (#55,220)

WAS (Digital) - 11 May 11

5-Band WAS - 3 Sep 14 (#3.206)

eDX - 15 May 11 (#123130)

eWAS (Mixed) - 28 Jun 11 (#124297)

ePFX300 - 25 Apr 12 (#134494)

 

Contesting Achievements:

2013 CQ WW RTTY (K7FLI)/ SO(A) 80M LP - #1 US 7th Call Area/#3 US/#3 NA/#13 World (New 7th Area Record)

2014 CQ WW RTTY (K7FLI)/ SO(A) 80M LP - #2 US 7th Call Area/#2 US/#2 NA/#6 World

2014 CQ DX Marathon (KM7N) - #1 US Call Area 7, Formula  100W

2014 Oceana DX Phone (KM7N) - #2 US SO 10M LP

2016 CQ WW DX SSB (KM7N/9) - #2 US Call Area 9/ #3 US/ #5 NA, SOSB(15M) QRP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United States Award#2342
Granted: 2016-07-20 14:30:06   (KM7N)

Endorsements:
  • 20M Digital
  • 40M Digital
  • 80M Digital
United States Counties Award#2306
Granted: 2016-07-20 13:06:02   (KM7N)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#5473
Granted: 2015-03-09 21:54:58   (KM7N)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
DX World Award#258
Granted: 2015-01-22 20:05:49   (KM7N)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#283
Granted: 2015-01-15 08:02:38   (KM7N)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10M Phone
  • 15M Phone
  • 20M Phone
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15M Digital
    17M Digital
    20M Digital
    30M Digital
    40M Digital
  • 17M CW
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