Original callsigns were N8MFG (1990-1991) and KF8NU (1991-1996). N8QQ came about during the first wave of vanity applications in 1996.
I'm active on several VHF/UHF Digital Voice modes, starting with D-STAR in 2010, and more recently adding DMR and System Fusion in 2016. For the most part, I use a Raspberry Pi hotspot connected to a DVMega, a DV4mini, and a DVAP. The DVMega and DV4mini both handle all three modes, but having the three separate devices in one hotspot allows the three modes to be used simultaneously. I'm also hosting a YSF reflector on Fusion (US Ohio), and a couple XLX reflectors on D-STAR (XRF010 and XRF011), and plan on linking them together with DMR soon.
Weather & APRS
I've been interested in APRS in one form or another since the late 90s and currently have a weather station on the air as part of the Citizens Weather Observer Program. I had plenty of AX.25 packet radio gear leftover from the early 90s, so moving to APRS was mostly a matter of changing software and frequencies. I built our local Skywarn group's website at warn.org. Cincinnati Skywarn is WARN, the Weather Amateur Radio Network. The look of the site hasn't changed much since its original design in the late 90s and it's slated for a responsive upgrade sometime soon. I also host a feed of the audio for our weather nets to Broadcastify.com.
HF & Awards
In the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time on HF working for awards and frequenting awards nets. My HHH Net Worked All States number is #794 and my OMISS number is #4408. I was also pretty active with 3905 Century Club nets and earned some awards on RTTY and voice there. As a byproduct, I also have the ARRL Worked All States single band 40m award. I'd like to start on DXCC at some point, but I'm not sure yet of the route that might take. (QRP?) And that might have to wait until the next solar cycle upswing.
Work & Hobbies
I've been a computer programmer of some sort since the late 80s. I worked as a developer and system administor for NetCrafters from 1996 to 2014, and now I do the same type of work as a freelancer and independent contractor, mostly with Perl, PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Linux. Debian and Ubuntu Linux are my servers of choice.
Other interests include playing drums, guitar and keyboards, writing & recording original music, computer programming, electronic gadgetry, and radio related stuff of all kinds. I've also developed a penchant for "virtual storm chasing." It's amazing how closely you can follow severe weather events online these days from the safety of your own home. (Unless it's your area that's under the gun!)
I'm on the web at n8qq.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/bradmc, and on Twitter at twitter.com/bradmc.
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