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The ham formerly known as KK4FEM

Note: I normally will identify as "portable" on satellites if I'm in a grid other than EL98, however, I always upload to LOTW as "NJ4Y" (no /p, /m, etc).

QRPARCI #15702

FISTS #17188

SKCC #15586

AMSAT #39946


Hi! My name is Matthew Stevens, and I live in central Florida, home of orange trees, cattle ranches, gators, swamps…along with golf courses, retirement parks, and of course Walt Disney World… I have plenty of interests, mountain biking (which down here is more like hill biking), archery, photography, astronomy, SWLing, electronics - and of course, amatuer radio.

The area I live in is a great mixture of big towns and rural areas; there are still lots of natural places, as well as plenty of wildlife and wetlands preserves. My day job is working in the family land surveying business, so that gives me a chance to get out and see some great places. Here’s a couple of shots I’ve taken of the local scenery and wildlife

I am a member of the Lakeland Amateur Radio Club, where I am currently serving as president. My favorite activities in amatuer radio include HF DXing, casual contesting, QRP (especially CW) and amateur satellite operation. A lot of the time you will hear me operating portable, both on sats and HF. I like the challenge of portable operating, having to carry your gear with you and making contacts with minimal power and equipment.

My home station is a Yaesu FT-DX1200 feeding an 80m end fed horizontal wire antenna up about 40 feet...and at long last, a 6 band NA4RR Hexbeam at 10m! It's a huge improvement having some directionality on the higher bands now. My first contact on the hexbeam was A31MM in Tonga on 15m CW...not going to argue with that! Later that night (on the same day I installed the beam) I made my first Mongolian QSO with JT1DBS/3, over the pole. What a difference from the low wires I've been using for the last year! For CW I use a Begali Simplex most of the time (which I *really* like), along with a refurbished Speedex straight key, an AME PortaPaddle, and a restored 1966 Vibrokeyer given to me by Paul ex-WA4TZG. Below are some pictures of my station.



My satellite grids worked map

Red squares confirmed, blue worked but not confirmed yet



So far I have roved to 37 different grids operating satellites

On the EL97/98 grid line about 20 minutes away from home


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Grid Squared Award#12592
Granted: 2016-06-05 00:15:02   (KK4FEM)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#13895
Granted: 2016-06-02 00:44:37   (KK4FEM)

  • 20M Mixed
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