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My Amateur Radio interests include:

  • Emergency Communications (RACES/ARES/Skywarn)
  • APRS casually and for Emergency Communications & WX reporting.
  • Enjoy working HF Digital modes such as RTTY, PSK31, FT8
  • This is a bit dated but you'll find more about some of my other interests here:
    http://www.qsl.net/n2iph/Hummer.html

Rigs currently in use in my shack and shown in the photo above are:

  • Kenwood TM-742 with 10m, 2m, and 70cm band modules used
    for local repeater access, packet, and VHF/UHF simplex
  • Icom IC-706MkIIg with LDG AT-11 Tuner on the HF side
  • Icom IC-7300 on 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m for phone and digital modes
  • Ten-Tec Argonaut V (model 516) with MFJ-949E tuner for CW

For antennas I currently have the CHM EMCOMM II for HF and a Diamond X-200 for VHF and UHF.

Mobile I run a ID-5100A in one vehicle and another IC-706MkIIg with LDG AT-10 tuner in my other truck.

My first rig was a Kenwood TS-520S which I still have but no longer use in the shack.

2018

Jan. 18, 2018 - Still need 10 states to get WAS on digital/FT8. With my current antenna it will be tough but I'll keep working at it.

Anybody copy these stations on 30m yesterday?
FQ9HMC and V20MK from Grid Sq. BQ44 ?
FQ is prefix for France and V2 for Antiqua/Barbuda, seems a long way from home. :-)

BQ44 is a couple hundred miles north of Alsaka in the Artic Ocean.

 

Jan. 11, 2018 - Received registration postcard from ARRL today and finally got LoTW setup. In reality that's not bad at all considering I first requested it on 12/30/17 so with the holiday weekend it was a fairly quick turn around.

Jan. 10, 2018 -  I did not get started on county hunting or and earning awards until the last week of Dcember 2017. I seem to have a large number of unconfirmed US states, counties, and also grid squares around the globe. I've logged QSOs with 14 countries but only 6 are confirmed to date. Long ways to go for DXCC but I wonder if I'll never get there without a greater percentage of my contacts being confirmed.

Jan. 1, 2018 - Looking forward to the ARRL Grid Square Contest. Like everyone else I want to work as many grid squares as I can running WSJT-X using the new FT8 mode. I will be using my IC-7300 and CHA EMCOMM II wire antenna. Sometime during 2018 I hope to get a better antenna erected but for now I am stuck working with just the CHA EMCOMM II erected horizontally for NVIS operation at ~12 feet. I haven't worked much HF since I moved 19 years ago and had to give up my 80 foot tower and Cushcraft A4S beam with 40M add-on. I have an HF vertical from Zero-Five Antennas but I need to wait for warmer weather to install the concrete base.

To get ready for the contest I signed up for LoTW, but I am still waiting (as of 1/10/18) for the ARRL to send me the postcard with my password so I can finish the registration process. I've had an eQSL account for about a year but haven't used it much. That will change in 2018.

December 2017 - Got hit by the digital bug!

I've been running WSJT-X and working stations using the new FT8 mode and having loads of fun using my IC-7300 operating at 50 to 75 watts most of the time. I try to keep my log up to date here and plan to see how many counties I can work on 20m and 40m.

My thanks to Matt, K2MFW, for getting me hooked on FT8.

October 2016 - Picked up this pair at a Hamfest this Summer for $5 each.

Ten-Tec Argonaut V (model 516) and a MFJ 949E Tuner.

 

I couldn't pass them up at that price. Was told the Argonaut did not TX and the tuner didn't work either. I figured there is way more than $10 worth of parts between the two pieces so I grabbed them. They were kicking around in a box of junk under the sellers table.

What I have found after cleaning them up and doing a quick visual internal inspection is the Argonaut will TX just fine on CW but not on SSB, AM, or FM. The speaker jack is broken, apparently from a plug that put excessive stress on the jack which the manual clearly states to be careful not to do. So using an external speaker is not possible until I replace the speaker jack which doesn't look too difficult, just need the correct jack to replace the one on the PC board. I haven't found the cause of voice TX problem yet but I use it as my CW rig so it's not bothering me.

The tuner on inspection looked to be in good condition inside and out except for the FWD power meter. The tuner itself works fine but the meter had been damaged apparently by some rough handling. A quick search on the MFJ site turned up a replacement meter (p/n 400-0084L) and for less than $30 including shipping I had the tuner back to 100% and on the air. The replacement meter has LED lamps where the original meter did not.

So I ended up with a nice CW station (radio and tuner, the paddle in the photo I already had) for $45 all told. I didn't get a mic with the Argonaut but I'll locate one somewhere along the way though it's not a priority as I am using this rig for CW only. The Argonaut makes a great QRP CW rig with it's built-in keyer and digital signal processing.

11/01/2016 - Made my first contact with the Argonaut running 5 watts into the tuner and my Zepp antenna on 40 meters CW with NX3V, thanks Fred.

 

First licensed and earned my General ticket in 1988 under the tutelage of my Elmer and good friend Stan, WD2G (SK). I was interested in computers, packet radio, and RTTY early on and very active on local packet and APRS in its early days. I operated a wide area APRS digi in SNJ for many years (N2IPH-15) which made a cameo appearence in an article about GPS use and Amateur Radio in the September 1996 issue of QST.  I picked up a Teletype Model 28ASR from a local ham with full intentions of getting it on the air but life got in the way and it sat for a long time and I never did get it operational. Gave it to my brother-in-law KB2MDM who found a home for it down under. So it now lives in VK land and I hope someone is having fun restoring and operating it every now and then.

My friend Matt, K2MFW (formerly WA2TPX) and I used to ride around South Jersey in his car where Matt had rigged up a LORAN receiver and we ran Bob Bruniga's DOS map maker program on a laptop to build local maps for use with APRSdos. I also made some maps manually using a digitizer to input the points from paper maps and create map files readable by APRSdos and WinAPRS. Neither of us had a GPS receiver back then (early 90s). I did buy a Garmin GPS-75 not long afterward which was top-of-the-line back then but garbage compared to what is available today. With a single channel polling receiver it was slow and ate batteries like they were candy. You were lucky to get 2 or 3 hours from four AA Alkaline batteries.

I sat in as Net Control for our local VHF traffic net (SJVN) a couple nights a week for a number of years. That was in the BC era (Before Cellphones) and along with the popularity of the internet pretty much killed the need for the NTS. We handled some traffic during Desert Storm and Desert Shield NTS traffic died not long after that.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N2IPH
Latest Contacts for N2IPH at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KM4ZYW 2018-01-18 40m FT8 EM85 United States PAUL T LAMBERT
W3IH 2018-01-18 30m FT8 DM63 United States MAURICE W REDMOND
N0UMF 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EM39 United States RICHARD K DAIPRAI
KE0N 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EN34 United States ELIOT A RICCIARDELLI
KD9DP 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EN62 United States DARYL E FRALEY, JR
WA4CHJ 2018-01-18 80m FT8 FM16 United States John E Beale, III
N4UP 2018-01-18 80m FT8 FM07 United States Peter Lunn
N2BTX 2018-01-18 80m FT8 FN02 United States Charles W Miller
VE3AND 2018-01-18 80m FT8 FN04 Canada Andrew Bell
K9LC 2018-01-18 80m FT8 EN52 United States CHARLES H GOODEN
KB3OMJ 2018-01-18 80m FT8 EN91WV30 United States Richard L Williams
ND3R 2018-01-18 80m FT8 FN01 United States PAUL W GINTHER
N0EPU 2018-01-18 80m FT8 EN31 United States JAMES W BIEHN
VA3WR 2018-01-18 80m FT8 EN93 Canada James R Davidson
VE3MGY 2018-01-18 80m FT8 EN92 Canada Brian Campbell

Book Totals: 550 qso's   421 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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Grid Squared Award#18469
Granted: 2018-01-15 13:14:01   (N2IPH)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#8410
Granted: 2018-01-13 20:56:02   (N2IPH)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
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