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I was licensed in March 2010 as KD8NJZ (General Class), and upgraded to Extra in April 2011. October 29, 2011 I changed my callsign from KD8NJZ to my current call, NM8W.

I enjoy SSB, CW (QRS...been ages since I operated the mode due to a busy work schedule), JT65, and PSK31. When portable, I prefer to run QRP - 5 watts from battery.  I LOVE the challenge of it.  In fact, my favorite QSO was during Field Day 2014.  I managed to break through a pileup, using 5 watts.  The other OM asked what power I was running when he heard QRP, and I replied with the 5 watts.  His response:  "You're running QRP 5 watts on FIELD DAY?  You're brave!"  MADE my day.

I QSL 100% via Direct, LoTW and eQSL. If you send me a QSL card with a return envelope, please be sure the envelope is 4 3/4" x 6 1/2", as my card is 4" x 6".

I enjoy ragchewing and very casual contesting now and then. (I'm most definitely NOT a hardcore contester.) If you'd like to sked a QSO, please drop me an email. I can work 80m up to 70cm  currently.

My station is a fairly humble one.  I'm running a Yaesu 857D, barefoot at 100 watts.  The antenna is a homebrew 40m ground mounted vertical with more radials than I can count/remember (40 through 10)...and using a MFJ 986 antenna tuner.  For digital modes (PSK31, RTTY, JT65 mainly) I use a SignaLInk USB interface, and DM780 for the software on a home built PC.  


My home station as described above:


There's the radial plate and 68 radials (redone in summer 2016.  40m up through 10m.)  Also picture:  LDG 4:1 Balun


The 40m homebrewed Ground Mounted Vertical (thick fiberglass telescoping mast).  You can see the Arrow JPole at the top right corner of the house for VHF/UHF.


Navy Flameproof Key.  I don't operate much CW.  I had started to learn and got super busy at work and have lost what I had built in terms of speed.  I DO like CW though.


NM8W/P - camping setup.  I use a 40m dipole for when I"m portable.  This entire setup fits in a backpack (albeit, it's heavy.)  When QRP I operate via battery, not power supply.


NM8W/P minus the key.


My friend KB8BMN operating at Field Day at my 40m station.


NM8W and KB8BMN operating as a team at the ARRL Field Day


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