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I operate primarily from Central Indiana and a friends farm in Buddha (EM68ts) in Southern Indiana. I also operate mobile on HF/VHF/UHF and APRS.

I became intersted in contesting on phone in the spring of 2015 and want to jump into digital contesting. Lately I haven't been able to be on the radio or particiate in contests as I've been moving and building my tiny house.

JT65 and JT9 are my primary digital modes. From time to time I'll also spin up WSPR and see who's hearing me.

I also run APRS and will work APRS via ISS when the digi is on.

When time and resources allow a group of us will also launch high altitude balloons with amateur radio onboard the payloads for tracking and telemetry relaying.

Not so much anymore but in my earliy days of having a ticket I used amateur radio to help coordinate cave rescue operations.

Previous Call

I held the call KB9LTH from 1995 until 2015 when I obtained the vanity call NA9VY. From 1995 - 2009 I was a "no-code" Technician. In 2009 I upgraded to General and Extra followed in 2015.


Pictures and Other Information

My latest adventure has me building my own tiny house complete with it's own "technology bay" (aka my shack). When complete it will be fully off grid with solar for power.

I put together a homebrew portable verticale for 20 meters. Cost me all of about $16. First contact was Aruba from Southern Indiana with 5 watts. The singal report came back as 59 and he said it was a great signal. I plan to make elements for 17, 15, and 10 as well.

This is my "EMCOM" kit. There is a Kenwood D-700, Icom 706 MkIIG, a tuner, power supply, and a SignalLink sound card interface. This is all packaged in Pelican Case with connections coming out the back. To go with the EMCOM kit I have a NVIS HF antenna with a VHF/UHF vertical on top. The solar panels were for field day, they usually stay at the house.

 

This is the Ultimate3S QRSS/WSPR Transmitter Kit I put together. Still working on it. I might soon be building a 20 meter version and send it traveling on a High Altitude Balloon project.

And my latest project, a Pi in the Sky kit. This consists of three boards, a Raspberry Pi, Pi in the Sky board, and an APRS board. It transmits position data in standard APRS on 144.390 and an RTTY telemetry stream on 440. We are planning on launching it on a high altitude balloon for the first time on August 15, 2015. The picture on the right is from one of our earlier flights.

When I can I help out maintaining the W9WIN repeater system (w9win.net). Here are a few pictures from a few of the towers different repeaters of the system are on.

This tower is a decommissioned microwave site. It was build during the cold war and is rock solid. One of the systems two meter repeater antennas sits at the top. This site is home to a few public safety resources as well.

This site is a decommissioned microwave set as well. The tower is 300 feet on top of the highest hill around. At the top are antennas for an APRS digi, a 400 repeater, and a 10 meter repeater receiver. There are also a few public safety repeaters at this site as well. Interestingly one of the reasons for decommissioning the site as a microwave link was that the ground keep slipping down the hill were the guy lines are anchored. This created an almost constant need to realign the microwave receivers and feed horns.

This is a 150 tower and holds antennas for the 10 meter repeater transmitter and the feed for the RadioReference audio feed. A new ten meter antenna is going up in a couple of these pictures.

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United States Award#2398
Granted: 2016-08-06 10:26:02   (NA9VY)

United States Counties Award#3841
Granted: 2016-08-06 10:12:02   (NA9VY)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#10192
Granted: 2015-12-28 23:00:56   (NA9VY)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#11561
Granted: 2015-12-28 23:00:54   (NA9VY)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
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