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Happy New Year 2018!

12/11/2017 marks my 20th year in amateur radio, been quite a ride!


A huge part of amateur radio is FRIENDSHIP. I have made many friends through this hobby, and I look forward to making many more! I am grateful for all of my friends.

Amateur Radio - the original social network

I love CW - the original digital mode!

Info for awards: ITU:08, CQ:05, Grid:FN21, SKCC#2725, State: NJ

I often operate FT8, but I do so primarily on 160, 80, 30, 17 and 12 meters. I use FT8 to build up my DXCC and WAS counts on those bands. I also love working the gray line to Asia and Oceania. 

Need NJ? Need Sussex County? Need USA on a particular band/mode? Work me in a contest, OR contact me to make a sked. I have sometimes very pleasant encounters where new (and old!) hams tell me that I am the 1st stateside contact they've ever made on a particular band. I am more than happy to confirm a valid contact for your award. 

QSL policy:

I upload to these logbooks to confirm for awards:

LoTW, eQSL, QRZ, ClubLog

I do bureau cards and direct QSL.

You can use ClubLog OQRS to request a QSL. Fast and easy.

You can send via the bureau. I send approx every 1-3 months together with the club cards. 

Return postage is not necessary, but appreciated. $2USD is suggested to cover return postage for DX (includes Canada and Mexico), forever 1st class stamp for stateside. If you are DX and can include US stamps instead of 2USD, that is OK. 

If you use a FlexRadio or other SDR, or have an interesting anecdote be sure to let me know. Especially if you've ever been to my former home country (9Y). 


I am a member of: ARRL, NJDXA, FRC, YLRL, BYLARA

Are you in the log? Search for your call below and make your QSL request via OQRS for direct or bureau cards here. 

About me:

My name is Ria (pronounced Ree-ah) and I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I have been licensed there since 11th December 1997 and got my FCC Extra class license in 2001 when I emigrated to the United States. Yes, I took all exams in one sitting and got a license, including full solid copy of the 5WPM code. It's not really a big deal, as I had been licensed 3 years in 9Y before that, and took 12WPM code there.

I have always been around radio and electronics since I was 4 years old. My dad was a casual SWL, and had a friend who was into electronics. I first learned of ham radio from Mr. Tony Lee-Mack, 9Y4AL (SK) who was a local school teacher but elmered many people. He was a very interesting person, and will be dearly missed. He had a love for radio like few others did, and not just ham radio but also SWL and scanning. But he especially liked homebrew and kit building. This was the hobby's main appeal to me - its experimental nature. I could never be solely an "appliance operator." I am a tinkerer, a builder, and a hacker. He would tear out or photocopy pages from his magazines for stuff for me and others to build. Some projects were pretty interesting. Alas, cancer took him in 2014, and he is now playing sweet music in Heaven. Maybe he's sending some CW too, or listening on a scanner. Who knows?

I am a mom to 3 adorable and amazing triplets, two girls and a boy, 6 years old. I hope that they can be licensed soon. They enjoy talking on the radio with me or just sitting in the shack and listening.

I live in Wantage Township in Sussex County, New Jersey. It is about 50 miles/80km NW of New York City. The ZIP code is centered in another town called Sussex borough which is a small "donut hole" located in the middle of Wantage Township hence the address. The town itself is semi-rural and mostly picturesque with High Point State Park bordering Montague Township visible in most of the town. Thankfully much of the development such as malls and condos have not made their way here (yet). Noise is reasonably low so I can hear a lot of things. 

Experiences as a Flex Radio user:

Many may know me for my activity on the Flex Radio user community where I am very happy to help out my fellow hams. I am relatively good at computer stuff, and I know a lot of hams are, so I am happy to help. I won an award from Flex radio for "Elmering" members of their support community, which was somewhat of a surprise but at the same time I really do feel that Flex users and Flex themselves appreciate my efforts. Thank you all! It's a very humbling honor, but it's one of the best awards I've gotten:

The folks at Flex are amazing in terms of supporting their hardware and software. And while hams are tough to please, they have provided much value over the years. I know the team very well and I have even been to the offices and factory. Yes, they make their radios in the USA, right there in Austin, TX. Wow! Another reason I support them. 

I run a 6700 signature series with Version 2 software with SmartLink. 

And while I do run a signature series Flex in my shack, I've been around the SDR arena for a long time. I have built many of the SoftRock kits using both PowerSDR and VE3NEA's Rocky software, as well as an almost full Atlas based HPSDR system (Ozy, Janus, Atlas, and later Mercury). It was a nice concept but I never finished up with it. Nice to see it hitting the mainstream with Apache Labs manufacturing them. 

I still do prefer the Flex 6000 for a number of reasons:

  • Excellent support and user community, responsiveness from the Flex team themselves, even Gerald, K5SDR pops in to answer questions.
  • It's by far the easiest transceiver to remote. No external boxes, and with Version 2.0/SmartLink no fancy setup or messing with routers. Just an app in the App store or your regular Windows PC. 
  • The performance is absolutely phenomenal - 116dB RMDR. With that said, the top rigs on Rob Sherwood's list are pretty close and performance wise you likely won't notice a difference, at least not with normal human hearing and eyesight. However compared to my older rigs this one works a LOT better in crowded bands! I came from the icom world, and I'm not going back! 
  • It has a variety of user interfaces - Windows client, Maestro, iOS and even MacOS. 
  • Even though the radio is closed source and an "appliance" supported by Flex, writing software to use the radio is still possible via the API in pretty much any language using simple TCP commands and UDP streaming.

But I still like all radios, all SDRs. Radio is good! 

My ham radio activities:


DXCC mixed 322 entities (324 including deleted).

9 band DXCC - 160 through 10m

3 Modes DXCC - Phone, CW, Digital

DXCC challenge - 1500+ awarded,  1800+ worked

40 Zone WAZ and 150 zone 5BWAZ

Basic WAS and working on triple play 



VUCC 6 meters, 100 grids

I use the Flex on 6m but also used my Icom 756 ProIII. I have an Icom 746 but also working on building a LDPA for the Flex on 2m.


Bragging rights? Not really. Just personal achievement and FUN. Probably old hat for some but I enjoyed the ride. 


DX Plaque wall:



I think I've done reasonably well in many contests. I've placed first in the district and top 10 in DX contests. This is all single op, single tower station which I built 100% by myself including climbing the tower. Everything from location selection to tightening the final bolts on the beam were my doing. The pride of this accomplishment to me is a huge part of what makes ham radio what it is.

I enjoy phone, CW and digital modes including RTTY, PSK and WSJT (WSJT modes primarily, especially FT8). I work 160 through 6 meters currently and 2m/70cm occasionally. 

My friend Andrea, K2EZ and I are collaborating on contesting above 50MHz, primarily rover operations. Check out her profile page! She is pretty awesome with her VHF/UHF/microwave stuff. Here I am operating, we operated as N2RJ/R for the Microwave sprint, using the K2EZ rover. She's much more experienced than I am, but I'm a quick study so I expect great things in the future from us.

Operating above 50MHz I've discovered is a completely different experience from HF. Makes you rethink ham radio completely. I still love HF but this is a whole new world to me.





I try to take part in CQWW and ARRL DX contests at a minimum (both SSB and CW) but I might do WPX or IARU and the occasional QSO party if I feel like it. As far as DXing goes, I am working toward the DXCC challenge endorsements as well as multi band DXCC and working towards HR and #1HR. I have 8 bands now and I am hoping to add 160m and 6m dxcc in the next few years.

I am sometimes on the W2LV repeater in Sussex County. I am also on DMR and DSTAR. DMR I tend to monitor NJ statewide, Tri-state (NJ/NY/PA), 91 WW Brandmeister. On DSTAR I am most times on REF020A. I do get on Echolink on Thursdays for the YL op net on ALARA conference node. 

You may find me rag chewing on various bands, usually 40 and 80 meters with a bunch of people. You're more than welcome to join in and say hello. 

I like building stuff, including qrp rigs and QRO amplifiers, switching gear and other electronic stuff. I've built a few of the SoftRock SDRs. I also like experimenting with antennas.


  • Flex-6700 Signature series SDR
  • FlexRadio Power Genius XL 2kW solid state amplifier by 4O3A
  • SteppIR MonstIR (straight elements, 3el on 40, 4 ele 20-10, 6 el on 6 w/passives) @75' for 40-6 on ANW HD-70 self supporting tower
  • DX Engineering full size 80m vertical
  • Inverted L 70' vertical section for 160m
  • 800' 2x phased Beverages to EU
  • 800' DXE reversible Beverages to EU/SW and JA/AF
  • Hustler 6BTV for backup/receive
  • Some random length dipole I threw up in a tree at 40ft for listening


The station is fully remotable using SmartSDR for iOS via SoftEther VPN or SmartLink from FlexRadio Systems. So sometimes when I am not at home I connect to and use the radio that way.

Here I am operating remotely from Buenos Aires, Argentina (5000+ miles away!). Apart from the unreliable wi-fi, the station worked pretty good. I used the iPad for radio control and the laptop for logging, connected via SmartSDR CAT. I travel sometimes, not as much as I'd like to!

It was nice to use my own station and keep in touch with my usual friends on the rig and also operate the contest, at least while I had wifi.

I also enjoy making things with Arduino and Raspberry Pi as well as other electronic things. It's really neat how these modern platforms make things so easy to create. Below is a Pi I modded to add an external antenna, a common mod I do for remote connectivity to wifi in the field.


My other activities:

Shooting - I shoot like a girl. Want a lesson? :) I am mostly into rifle and pistol shooting, up to 300yd, or closer with steel or paper targets. I am looking to try new things in the shooting hobby such as 3 gun and aerial clay shooting. I am a member of SAW - Second Amendment Women, a NJ based group of female shooters and 2A enthusiasts. 

Cooking - I  love to cook, love trying new recipes. Kid friendly or gourmet. I love spicy food but I'm game for almost anything. I love Caribbean, Indian, Chinese and American cuisine. I do like to try recipes from countries I've visited. I'm also up for trying new things, with some stipulations. 

Travel/tourism - I have had to go some places for various things but I did make a side trip and make it into a vacation. where to next? Believe it or not I have never been to continental Europe. I do want to go someday. Maybe for Friedrichshafen hamfest or similar. I have been to Korea, Japan, Argentina, Venezuela, Grenada and several other Caribbean Islands. Eventually I'll want to fill up my 52 page US passport as time (and money) allows. 

Photography - landscapes, portraits, macros, candids. I haven't been snapping that much lately but I do like to take pictures. 

Hope to see you on air. 

88 - Ria

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N2RJ
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GM4YSN 2018-01-20 80m SSB IO85HR Scotland IAN BROWN
YT1AA 2018-01-20 80m SSB KN03QU Serbia Miroslav Vemic - Vema
GM4YSN 2018-01-20 80m SSB IO85HR Scotland IAN BROWN
AA4MM 2018-01-20 80m SSB EL98DM United States LEO DRESCHER
KJ8DO 2018-01-20 80m SSB EN72gw United States KEITH B JAVERY
G0EVY 2018-01-20 80m SSB England Dave .
G0WLG 2018-01-20 80m SSB IO82VE England Paul Blizzard
G4SSX 2018-01-19 80m SSB IO91TO England Wolfgang Wita
N2NY 2018-01-19 80m SSB FN10UA United States Laurent N Horne
G0WLG 2018-01-19 80m SSB IO82VE England Paul Blizzard
W9UCW 2018-01-19 80m SSB EL16bg United States BARRY A BOOTHE
N4JTE 2018-01-19 80m SSB FN21tr United States ROBERT H RAYNOR
ZF2PG 2018-01-19 40m SSB EK99HH Cayman Islands Pete Gladysz
N3JWJ 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EL87 United States Darrell Frappier
DK8BZ 2018-01-18 30m FT8 JN58 Germany Bernhard Kruse

Book Totals: 53381 qso's   26193 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#733
Granted: 2016-07-19 15:15:05   (N2RJ)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1902
Granted: 2016-03-09 01:40:03   (N2RJ)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#12197
Granted: 2016-03-09 01:40:03   (N2RJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#10892
Granted: 2016-03-09 01:40:02   (N2RJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#3398
Granted: 2016-03-08 18:40:02   (N2RJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
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