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Thanks for searching my call. Please take a second to click on the web button above and let me know you were here. I enjoy learning and working in so many aspect of amateur radio. You are just as likely to find me operating CW with various keys, using Digital Modes, operating Packet, or checking into SSB, NTS or SkyWarn Nets. I get a kick out of QRP CW work, stringing wire antennas in the backyard, and bulding an occasional kit when the weather is not inviting. I like sending and receiving QSLs, no SASE required. Please support LBOTW. I also upload to eQSL, and QRZ.com logging system. 73 Phil

K2D QSL Requests - Connecticut Original 13 Colonies Special Event - QSL via N1DN  
(Domestic SASE & DX postage or bureau please).  
The K2D Connecticut Team had a great run for 2017.  I completed all domestic QSL resquests on Nov 21, 2017.   Please allow time for delivery - contact me via email if you did not receive your card.    I'm receiving 2014 through 2016 QSL requests through the W1 Burea and I send a batch reply out quarterly.   Thanks for supporting 13 Colonies and the K2D team.

National Traffic System

I actively particpate in Traffic Handling through local and regional NTS nets, including WESCON (Western Connecticut Traffic Net), MSN (Maryland Slow Net), and NTS Packet work.   I also periodically check in to ESS (Empire Slow Net), HBSN (Hit & Bounce Slow Net) and CN (Connecticut CW Net) when my schedule allows.  Message for my station can be delivered via 860-461-1564 or n1dn.arrl.net    


SKCC #6482T, NAQCC #4072, QRP-ARCI #13797, Polar Bear #234, Flying Pigs #2441
Ten-Ten #76789, OMISS #6645, 3905CC 75m 100pt #3028
Feld Hell #3762, PODXS 070 #1730, European PSK #17208, 30m Digital Group #5404

Here's What I've Been Up To Lately...



Born 1963 and licensed in 2008. My undergrad background is in biomedical engineering, and I now work in health care. I am a native of Huntsville, AL having the priveldge of growing up in a town heavily influenced by the Army, NASA, and the Von Braun Rocket Team. I've also called New Orleans, Chicago, and now near Hartford, Connecticut my home. Amateur radio has been a great way to revisit the fun I had in earlier years working with circuits, bread boards, and oscilliscopes.

West Hartford, Connecticut

My Home QTH, West Hartford is located in central Connecticut, about 95 miles (155 km) from New York City. We are only 35 miles from the coast line (Long Island Sound) and experience the extremes of weather Southern New England is known for. West Hartforfd served as the original home of the American Radio Relay League, with ARRL HQ now in the neighboring community of Newington, CT. This is a great community to live and work in. As an amateur radio operator, I'm very lucky to have a SOTA peak (Talcott Mountain) just up the road, and W1AW near by.

Home Station

My home station includes a Flex 3000, Kenwood TS-590, Yaesu 857d with YT-100 auto tuner, Cobra UltraLite Senior dipole antenna, and Gap Titan Vertical for 80/160m. I use a Kenwood TM-D710G for VHF, Packet, and APRS activity.  I'm a registered user of Ham Radio Deluxe and N3FJP's suite of contest logging programs. I spend a lot of time on the CW portion of the bands and have several keys that I swap out from time to time: J-38 (ebay find!), Bencher Iambic, Viz Vertical Bug, and Navy Flameproof Key. I also use a Yaesu FT-817 on the occasional day hike for portable contacts.

Mobile Operations

An 857d is  installed in my SUV for VHF and Mobile HF work.  I use Hamsticks as an antenna.  While far from perfect, they've allowed me to work many States and several DX entities 100 mobile CW.   I enjoy operating (stationary) mobile CW.  I try to active one or more Counties here in Southern New England on the various County Hunter frequencies.

10 meter Beacon - 28.2840 MHz

I enjoy learning about radio propagation, and have established a 10 meter CW propagation beacon. The beacon transmits on a coordinated frequency of 28.2840 MHz.. All reception reports are greatly appreciated via e-mail or postal mail. n1dn@arrl.net

  • April 1, 2012 Beacon Activated
  • April 1, 2012 Yaesu 817, CW Touch Keyer in Beacon Mode,Solarcon A-99 Antenna tuned for 10m up 20 feet
  • October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy landfall. We are spared major damage. Solarcon mast bent ~20 degrees in winds.
  • December 29, 2012 Yaesu 857d at 5 watts, beacon mode, used for beacon transmitter, PC cooling fan added.
  • November 25, 2016 Resumed Yaesu 817, CW Touch Keyer in Beacon Mode, LDG Z817 Autotuner, 2.5 watts to Cobra SR Ladder Line Dipole

Recent Activity

  • November, 2017 - back on the air after a busy season with work & family.   Focusing on CW and NTS Traffic Handling.
  • October, 2017 - working to complete K2D 13 Colonies Connecticut QSL Requests


Radio Timeline

August 30, 2009 - First HF contact with Bob, K9UDX on the OMISS 80m net
October 9, 2009 - First DX contact with Vlad, UY7MM
April 17, 2010 - First CW QSO with Don, KJ4QKN
November 1, 2013 - Entered the world of Software Defined Radio with Flex 3000 & Power SDR

Club Activity and Awards

ARRL - WAS CW Endorsement #57,389
SKCC - Centurion, Tribune x 8, WAC, Rag Chew 300 K3Y/2 Operator 2011, 2013, 2016

NAQCC - N1A/1 Operator 2012, Friendship Award #21

FISTS # 14602, CC #2139
OMISS - Membership Award, Kings and Queens Award, 2010 QSO Party #2 in Connecticut
13 Colonies - K2D Operator 2013-2015

Member Yankee Clipper Contest Club
Member Newington Amateur Radio League 

Other Hobbies

Outside of Family and Profession, I'm proud to say I know a little about many things, but don't profess to have expertise in any! My interests include Weather, Hiking, Astronomy, Cichlids, Orchid Horticulture, and Trail Biking. Let me know if you share any of these and I'd be happy to strike up a QSO.

Radio Ramblings...

Thanks to my Elmers:

1972 -Mr. Cornelius, the older ham across from my childhood home in Guntersville, Alabama. I don't know your call. You showed me a real radio station and offered to be my elmer. I was too scared to accept. Many regrets!
1985 - Dr. Walker, my professor at Tulane University in Biomedical Engineering. You gave me a strong foundation in electrical theorey, digital logic, and practical circuit construction.
2009 Mike KL7R (SK), Bill M0HBR, and Pete N6QW the SolderSmoke Gang Listenting to the early SolderSmoke podcasts with Mike & Bill during my morning commutes to work was very inspiring.  I revisit their Echolink recorded broadcasts every several years.  Now Bill and Pete continue the legacy and make me really want to build stuff!
2010 - Ron, AC2C who taught me how to be a CW operator. Thanks for helping me get on the air with a straght key, and make many CW QSOs thereafter
2010 - Steve WG0AT your Goat Hiker Vidoes are not only entertaining, but have inspired me to combine my love of the outdoors with ham radio. Great to meet you briefly at MassConn 2010. Each Rooster and Peanut video motivates me to push a little harder on the trail with hiking, radio equipment, and antenna experimentation
2011 - Art K0RO (SK)  who introduce me to QRQ and "conversational CW". Art, you left our world much too early.  I promise to keep working as you taught me.  
2012 - Randy K7AGE your YouTube vidoes are a wonderful example of 21st. century elmering. Your easying going style yet elegant explainations have introduced me to digital modes, 6 meters, and satellite contacts.
2015 - Gery VE2KRM and the Maryland Slow Net  Improving my CW skills and learning the art of CW traffic handling on this great National Traffic System Net.


"These are a Few of My Favorite Things"

  • My Viz Vertical Bug - I love this artful chunk of brass on my Desk. Tom, K4IZ is a great craftsman. He set me up with a custom pendulum weight, playing the dits to move over the phone to make sure it was 'just right!
  • The Cobra Ultralite Sr Dipole - I've made most all contacts with this antenna. 'Has outlived many winter storms, and some of the trees in my backyard.
  • J-38 Key from eBay - mounted on a pine base, call sign etched by my 10 year old son
  • Straight Key Century Club- A great community of operators devoted to CW with regular sprints. A real blast!


I enjoying making and swapping QSLs!


I have a knack for watching the weather!

As a casual "citizen scientist" I contribute daily observations of precipitation from my station located in grid FN31ot to the CoCoRAHS Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. I also contribute regular observations to the PING Project, a program of the National Severe Storms Labaratory.



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United States Counties Award#1609
Granted: 2016-07-19 21:25:02   (N1DN)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#1564
Granted: 2015-01-28 18:15:18   (N1DN)

  • 20 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
United States Award#325
Granted: 2015-01-24 03:35:29   (N1DN)

World Continents Award#1433
Granted: 2015-01-24 03:35:29   (N1DN)

  • 15 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters Mixed
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