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99% of my activity is as a portable station. Here's what I've been up to lately: 

In late October 2017, I started Project CT90, my effort to activate all 90 state parks and forests in Conecticut for the US branch of the World Wide Flora and Faulna (WWFF) program. These operations are mostly done as a mobile, with ~70 watts to either a SOTABeams BandHopper dipole on a push-up mast or an MFJ 17' vertical on the roof of my car. This is a long-term project I'm taking on as I can. 

As of November 12, 2017, I have operated from 8 of the 90 eligible Connecticut units.

Follow me on Twitter at @SeanKutzko for real-time updates on my operations, or join the WWFF-KFF Facebook group to get in on the action

Basic Stuff About KX9X

While I've achieved much in HF and VHF contesting and DX'ing over the years, I spend most of my ham radio time these days pursuing satellite and backpack QRP operating. Portable operating is where I get most of my kicks now. I simply enjoy being on the air, whether it's running stations during a DX contest, working sporadic-E, aurora or tropo while on a VHF Grid DXpedition, chasing grids on the amateur radio satellites, or operating QRP CW into a simple wire antenna from a New England mountaintop.

NEVER let your housing situation keep you from getting on the air. I live in an apartment and I make plenty of QSOs every year. There are many ways to be an active ham without the ability to put up a high-profile antenna at your QTH.

First licensed in 1982, as KA9NGH. Since then, I've been N9HXG, KF9PL, and finally KX9X as of 1996.

Member of: ARRL, Society of Midwest Contesters, A1 Operators Club, CWops (#683), QRP-ARCI (#14,064). AMSAT, Flying Pigs QRP (#2,010), and SKCC (#9,986).

I am also the drummer for the Spurious Emissions Band, a group of ham radio contesters/musicians. Every year at Dayton, we play a set at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, taking popular tunes and changing the words to be about ham radio. Other members include Ward N0AX, Scott W4PA, Kirk K4RO, along with occasional guest band members Becky W1BXY, Katie WY7YL and Dwayne WY7FD. Watch our 2015 performance at Dayton here. Turn on closed captioning to see the lyrics.

Outside of amateur radio, I play drums with a couple of rock bands from time to time, follow Major League Baseball religiously, and enjoy making high-quality pizza and artisan breads.

The Other Side Of The Pileup - Where The FUN Is!

One of my biggest pleasures in Amateur Radio is to "be the DX." This pursuit of being the sought-after station has allowed me to learn the definition of DX depends entirely on your circumstances. It can mean operating from a rare country for a DX contest on HF, setting up shop in a barren grid square for VHF/UHF, or a rare county in a State QSO Party. Some of the lesser-known awards programs, such as Summits On The Air and US Islands, offer a great deal of fun and adventure for those interested in operating portable from a rare location. If you want to combine portable operating with the Great Outdoors, look into SOTA or USi; you'll be glad you did!

Operated as 6Y7M in the 1994 CQ WPX CW Contest, V26NA in the 1997 ARRL DX CW Contest and as NP4DX (with Ward N0AX) in the 2011 ARRL CW Sweepstakes. I started operating weak-signal VHF/UHF in 1994, and love a good 6-meter opening. Meteor scatter on 2m is quite fun as well.

I love going on Grid DXpeditions, and have operated 6 and 2 meters from the following grid squares: DM77, EM56, EN57, DN95, EN20, EM45, FN45, FN33 and FN34. I've also activated 26 grids via satellite in the US and Puerto Rico, and from the island of Antigua (V2) via RS12 in  1997.


Atop Pinnacle Rock in Plainville, CT for the "Flight of the Bumblebees" QRP Contest, July 2011

Logging KX9X on Portable Operations

If you work me on one of my many portable operations, always log me and upload our QSO to Logbook of The World using the call I sent on the air. I will always sign /p with the appropriate call area number (KX9X/1, KX9X/4, etc) if I'm not operating from the Hartford, CT area.

Working Me On The Satellites

I've been active on FM satellites since 2011 and started using the SSB/CW satellite in September 2012. I use a 5w dual-band HT and an Arrow handheld dual-band yagi for the FM birds. I can often be found using the analog satellite station at W1HQ,  the ARRL employee club station. Currently assembling a portable station for analog satellite expeditions with my Yaesu 817ND and Icom 706MkIIg and Arrow yagi. Thanks to Clayton W5PFG, Patrick WD9EWK, Paul N8HM, and Dave KG5CCI for their knowledge and help with my portable satellite operating efforts. Please support AMSAT's FOX project.

The satellites are low-earth-orbit, which means they move across the sky very quickly. A very good pass will only yield about a 12 to 15-minute opening. If we have made a QSO on the satellites and we have exchanged QSLs (either paper QSL or LOTW), I kindly request that you do not call me again unless the pass doesn't have a lot of users. I would love to enjoy a nice chat with you, but with a very short window of opportunity and many, many hams trying to make QSOs on the satellites, I would rather maximize my efficiency during the short openings and pursue QSOs with new grids or hams new to satellite QSOs. Remember, a QSO with a station you've worked several times deprives all users during that pass of a chance to have a QSO with a new station or grid. Many thanks for your consideration.

Operating analog satellites as KX9X/6 from CM86xx, Santa Cruz, CA - October 2012

In December 2014, I activated Pigeon Key, Florida for the US Islands program (designator FL-437S).I was there as a high school student in the summer of 1984 and fell in love with the Keys because of my week on this island thirty years ago. Pigeon Key has a lot of history to it; the four-acre island housed some of the workers that built the Florida East Coast Railway connection from south Florida to Key West between 1908-1912, and has eight buildings on the National Historic Register. Today it is a marine science research facility for students aged 9-17. They are operated by a private foundation and do great work; learn more at www.pigeonkey.net.


If you would like a QSL from me, I would appreciate a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your QSL.

I keep all of my logs from every operation I've done. My logbooks never close. So, if you need a card from me for a QSO we had 15 years ago, I can still confirm it. I also upload to Logbook of The World regularly; you should, too!

Remember: Ham radio is vast. If you're not having fun with amateur radio, try something new.

As I always say in my presentations: "Life is short: Do more radio."

73, happy contesting, and good DX!

Sean KX9X

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KX9X
Latest Contacts for KX9X at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KB1YAP 2016-01-02 40m LSB FN41vr United States Arthur A Wilcox Jr
W0N 2015-11-14 2M FM EN47 United States George Pinick
4U70UN 2015-10-25 2M SSB FN30ar United Nations
NZ4D 2015-10-25 2M FM FM15gn United States Michael A Kelly
KG5CCI 2015-10-25 2M FM EM06 United States David M Swanson
KG5CCI/P 2015-10-25 2M FM United States
ZF1PV 2015-10-25 2M FM Cayman Islands Donald Edman
W3MAT 2015-10-11 2M FM FN10jv United States Loon
K4AMG 2015-10-11 2M FM FM16ur United States K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club
N2PPL 2015-10-11 2M FM FN30hv United States JULIA L GATTI
WA3X 2015-10-11 2M FM FM29en United States PAUL M MATARESE
N2SPI 2015-10-11 2M FM FN22cj United States RICHARD CROW
WB8RJY 2015-09-28 2M FM EN72sm United States JEFFORY BROUGHTON
W2JV 2015-09-28 2M FM FN30iv United States PETER M PORTANOVA
KE8AKW 2015-09-20 2M SSB EN80xv United States Nicholas C Mahr

Book Totals: 33003 qso's   11884 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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