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All WiQP QSOs have been uploaded to LOTW as of noon on 12-March-2018.  Email me if there are problems getting a confirmation.

Callsign N9T will be used for the Wisconsin QSO Party on 11-Mar-2018. 
APRS Tracking for WiQP 11-Mar-2018 (ID=NR0T-9) with county lines overlaid: https://tinyurl.com/y8oj98wj

All logs for our portable satellite operation from EN45 and EN46 on Sept. 2, 2017 have been uploaded to LOTW.

All logs for our N0R mobile operation in the Minnesota QSO Party on Feb. 3, 2018 have been uploaded to LOTW.

Ham Radio interests include the following:

HF Contesting - from home QTH and from the W0AIH super-station. In my first ARRL 160 Meter contest in December 2010 I had just put up an inverted-L with about 50 feet vertical and worked all 50 states in an 8 hour period. The WAS certificate from the ARRL says "All QSOs Dated 04-Dec-2010". I thought that was pretty cool.

DX'ing- On Jan. 1, 2017 I worked the last 80 meter DX which I needed for the 5BDXCC. 10-15-20-40 have been completed for some time now. I never had good enough antennas to even think about 80 DXCC until recently. I now have a quarter-wave wire vertical with about 25 radials to go along with my vertical on 40 meters and my TH-7 at 50 feet for 10-15-20.  I also have both verticals and dipoles for 17-12 and a vertical on 30 meters.

Mobile operations with XYL, OA4ABC, in Minnesota and Wisconsin QSO parties. APRS is NR0T-9.

Field Day - Peruvian-American Radio Club, W0PNA, with OA4ABC and KE0RR and occasionally others. We have been operating field day together since the early 1990s.

Satellites - In 2011 I began exploring this facet of the hobby. I started out in August 2012 working FM satellites with a handheld antenna and a Yaesu FT-897D. In May 2013 I added a 2nd FT-897D giving me the ability to work CW and SSB on the linear transponders.  I started with a Cushcraft A270-10S (dual band, 5 elements each on 70cm/2M) at a fixed elevation of about 15 degrees, mounted on the mast above my HyGain TH7 at about 53 feet. I was able to work SO-50, FO-29, VO-52, and both Mode A and Mode B on AO-7 with a pair of Yaesu FT897Ds, one for 70cm and one for 144 MHz. And the height on the tower gets me above the trees so that I can still get the satellites down to about 1 degree above the horizon.  

I have also mounted an Advanced Receiver Research RF-sensed 435 Mhz Preamp at the feedpoint to the antenna. That definitely helps. I have a separate run of LMR-400 feeding the 2 meter antenna and hardline has replaced the LMR-400 coax on the 435 MHz run.

In November 2015 I mounted a Yaesu elevation rotor on the mast and replaced the dual band antenna with a 13-element Cushcraft beam on 2 meters and a 15-element M-squared beam on 70cm, horizontally polarized and mounted on a fiberglass cross-mast.   I also added  a diplexer between the 70 cm beam and the preamp to reduce the desense when transmitting on 2 meters.  I tried the setup without the diplexer first and there was a definite improvement when I inserted it.

For DX on the satellites I have worked 21 countries including, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Canary Islands, Germany, Spain, Finland, France and England plus another ten or so in the Western Hemisphere.

Satellite Grid-peditions:

Sept. 2, 2017: 10 Qs from EN45 and 15 Qs from EN46

July 23, 2016: 27 Qs from EN24 on AO-73, FO-29, SO-50, and UKUBE-1.

July 23, 2016: 6 Qs from EN25 on FO-29

Field Day 2016:  worked a few passes from EN27an

May 25, 2015: worked one pass of AO-73 from EN27gd.

On Sept. 1, 2013, I activated EN17 from the side of the road in EN17xm, near Winger, MN. I set up my station in the car and used an Arrow dual-band antenna mounted on a camera tripod. The antenna and tripod were moved manually twice during the 0150z pass of FO-29.

ARRL Life Member

AMSAT Member #38889   

AMSAT-UK e-Member

Minnesota Wireless Association (MWA) member

Twin Cities DX Association (TCDXA) member

My other passion is classical music. I am currently principal violist of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis (Minnesota) and active in the Borderline Philharmonic Chamber Music Camp which meets every year at the Hoot Owl Resort near Park Rapids / Waubun, Minnesota. I have my Masters Degree in viola performance, studied for two years in Vienna, Austria and played in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa in Mexico for three years before returning to the Upper Midwest and becoming a computer geek.

NR0T QSL Policy:  I QSL all contacts on LOTW with uploads occuring about once every two weeks.  I will respond to all USA cards if an SASE is enclosed.  I respond to all non-USA cards by Bureau, or direct if return postage is included.  I send cards to the Bureau about twice a year.  Sorry, no eQSL unless you email me with a special request.  If you have sent me a card direct and have not gotten my card back after 2 or 3 weeks, please email me and ask me to look into it.

ARISS: On May 1, 2014 we had a successful ARISS contact from the Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, MN.  900 students were in the gym to hear the questions prepared by their peers for the astronaut Koichi Wakata.  Many thanks to N9CHA for all the assistance in making it possible.  The International Space Station used the call NA1SS and we used my call NR0T at the school.

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