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New Call Sign, N1SC!

(Number 1 Storm Chaser)

Previously known as KG7HSN (Hot Spicy Nachos)

If you are here because you heard something that horrifically resembled my call sign in morse code on the air... my sincerest apologies. I am super new and learning, LOL! Thank you for the patience!

My name is Jeff McGrath and I live in Lehi Utah, USA. DN40bk
QSL: I primarily QSL via LOTW, secondary via QRZ and I will also
QSL direct (my card is sweet) as requested (email or mail).

My Ham Radio History

  • Issued my Technicians ticket
    • Tested and Passed December 21st, 2013
    • Granted/Effective December 31st, 2013!
  • Upgraded to General license
    • Tested and Passed May 23rd, 2015
    • Updated/Effective in ULS June 4th, 2015!
  • Upgraded to Extra license
    • Tested and Passed February 20th, 2016
    • Updated/Effective in ULS March 4th, 2016!
  • ​New Callsign
    • Granted N1SC from my old KG7HSN
    • Updated/Effective in ULS April 1st, 2016!
    • No, it's not an April Fools Joke. :)
  • Utah RACES 287
    • Effective as of August 2016
  • W5YI VE 34443E
    • Effective as of August 2016

Radios, Tuners, Antennas & more:

  • Kenwood TS-850S
    • Kenwood SM-220 Station Monitor
    • LDG AT-200Pro II Autotuner
  • Yaesu FT-857D
    • Small portable 9V battery powered LDG Antenna Tuner
  • Yaesu FT-8900R
    • Feeds into my 5/8ths length j-pole for 2 Meter & 70cm
  • Yaesu FT-2900R
  • Wouxun KG-UVD1P
    • Dual band 2M VHF and 70CM UHF with a quarter wave whip
    • Arrow 2 Meter Yagi (3 element) - I love "DX'ing" with this on 5 watts
  • Baofeng UV-5R
    • Just incase I need something heavy to throw through a tree to pull up a dipole hi hi
  • Multiband Parallel Dipole
    • Cut for 40, 20 and 17 meters. I also get 15 as a 3rd harmonic of 40
    • I can tune 10-80 meters on this antenna just fine
  • 40 meter Copperweld Dipole
    • I can tune 10-80 meters on this antenna just fine
    • Lightweight, little wind resistance and invisible
  • Tigertronics USB Signalink
    • For all of my digital work
    • Chips for both Kenwood and Yaesu
  • Goal Zero Yeti-400 for back up battery operation
  • 6 Meter
    • Aluminum dipole horitzontally polarized 
    • Aluminum 3 element yagi
  • I like to make roll up 2m j-pole antennas for backpacking/portable work made from 300ohm twin lead TV wire
  • I map all "MSK144" QSO's to "DATA" in TQSL for LOTW

Memberships & Activity

  • ARRL Lifetime Member
  • UARC (Utah Amateur Radio Club) Member
  • UVHF Society (Utah VHF Society) Member
  • UARC 76'ers Member
  • UVARC (Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club) Member
    • 2016-02 Interim Activities Manager
  • Western Mercury Net Participant (link)

My home base station setup

There are a couple of radios that do not appear in this photo

Here is my Home Brew Multi Band Parallel Dipole antenna. Depending on where you measure, it is no more than 10~20 feet off the ground.


I am a computer programmer by trade and also do photography and have a studio located in Lindon, Utah.

I did Photojournalism for the University of Utah's Daily Utah Chronicle for several years, and have picked up Stringer jobs since then. I shoot weddings, portraits, commercial, art, landscape, sports, etc.

Online Presence

You can find me here:

For Fun

Here is a photo that I took, that I use for my QSL card. I do a lot of storm chasing, and this lightning bolt is striking the mountain (Lake Mountain) which is home to the UARC (Utah Amature Radio Club) 146.76 repeater. This is one of the most active repeaters in the State, and we rag chew on it all the time. So it is a special repeater to us.

Here are some photos of my home, Utah! These are all photos taken by ME. All photos are Copyright Jeff McGrath

We seriously have some of the most amazing landscapes in the world!

Stars at night, with redrock in Castle Valley being illuminated by moonlight East of Moab Utah

The Salt Flats near Wendover Nevada, on the Utah side.

An old cabin in a field near the border of Utah and Idaho at Bear Lake

Bear Lake, Utah after a storm

Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah at night time. (artifical illumination)

Peekaboo Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah

Solider Creek Reservoir, Utah

Aurora as seen from Silver Lake, Brighton, Utah.

Silver Lake boardwalk at night near Brighton Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon, with the Milkyway and some light pollution above.

Lightning striking over Salt Lake County (the Oquirrh Mountains).

Albion Bason, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, as seen after a sunset storm.

The trail up Little Cottonwood Canyon just after sundown called Catherines Pass. A favorite hike of mine.

Lightning striking Utah Lake, Utah. I do a lot of storm chasing.

Lightning striking Utah Lake, Utah

Sunset over Eagle Mountain Utah

A first snow up Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah (home to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts).

A river in American Fork Canyon, Utah

Fall leaves near the mouth of the Cottonwood Canyons, Utah

Sun setting on front portion of Lone Peak mountain, part of the Wasatch Front mountain range at the end of a storm.

Bobsledding Winter Olympic Qualifiers (taken by me) in Park City Utah at the Winter Olympics State Park.

Winter Olympic Speed Skating Qualifiers (yes my photo) at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.

I love taking pictures of my cars

Alpine Utah as seen at night. It was 10F with 30mph winds that night.

Just outside of Saint George, a red rock sand stone arch is illuminated (light painted) from behind.

Near Moab Utah

Sunsetting over Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Me laying underneath the Milkyway in Moab Utah at night time. Yes, that is me on the grass.

The Milkyway

Taking photos of my friends car inside of my studio

Taking photos of my friends car inside of my studio

Aspen Leaves near Midway Utah

Our beautiful Moon

A Hazy Bloodmoon with clouds passing in front, with Uranus at the bottom left corner.

The Orion Nebula

Pleiades (Subaru) aka The Seven Sisters

Ice Castles in Midway Utah (these were featured in a National Geographic video documentary)

Ice Castles in Midway Utah

Ice Castles in Midway Utah

Aurora as seen during a very rare spectacicle from Trappers Loop (near Huntsville) Utah!

Storm starting to clear one early morning in Bryce Canyon National Park

Milkyway over Bryce Canyon Nation Park at night.

Stars over the Milky Way in Bryce Canyon National Park

Congrats! You made it to the end!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N1SC
Latest Contacts for N1SC at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
ZS6WB 2017-04-19 40M JT65 KG44EE South Africa HAL LUND
K0HAN 2017-04-19 40M JT65 DN96ot United States Michael E Hancock
ZS5LEE 2017-04-19 40M JT65 KG50JF South Africa LEE HANEGRAAF
N5BCA 2017-04-19 30M JT65 EM12OX93 United States MICHAEL T CALLAHAN
W7AMI 2017-04-19 30M JT65 DN13VO United States TERRY L DOBLER
W7AMI 2017-04-19 30M JT9 DN13VO United States TERRY L DOBLER
W7WIA 2017-04-19 30M JT9 DM32OC United States OLIVER A LARSEN
W6ARY 2017-04-18 40M JT9 CM87XN United States Gary L Snethen
WE8R 2017-04-18 40M JT9 EM79wq United States Robert D Rosenfelder
W7FIX 2017-04-18 40M JT9 DM26KA United States Dana G Bubp
KA7NYE 2017-04-18 40M JT9 CN87tx United States TERRY M HOGUE
N4ART 2017-04-18 40M JT9 EM77op United States ARTHUR B BRADLEY
W3/M1WPB 2017-04-18 40M JT9 FM18TF32 United States Brian Wood
W5THT 2017-04-18 30M JT65 EM50KI United States PATRICK E HAMEL
V31AE 2017-04-18 30M JT65 EK58UK Belize Robert Mueller

Book Totals: 636 qso's   444 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#17316
Granted: 2017-04-21 16:18:51   (N1SC)

United States Counties Award#5385
Granted: 2016-12-02 18:28:35   (N1SC)

  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13755
Granted: 2016-09-07 21:01:20   (N1SC)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#1786
Granted: 2016-02-01 03:35:02   (KG7HSN)

  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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