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VHF/UHF Portable - I usually operate VHF/UHF contests in the QRP portable category from various locations:

  • 2016-2017 ARRL June VHF Contest - Marion County, AL, EM54xc
  • 2011-2015 (except 2012) ARRL June VHF Contests, 2016 ARRL January VHF Contest, 2011 & 2016 CQWW VHF Contests - Woodall Mountain, Tishomingo Co., MS, EM54vs (as NV4B/5)

QSOs made as "NV4B portable 5" are submitted to contest sponsors, eQSL, Logbook of the World, and Club Log as "NV4B/5".


  • Logbook of the World and eQSL are kept up to date within a day or so of most QSOs. If you expected a match, but did not receive one, please e-mail me.
  • I now update Club Log soon after each QSO, or at the end of each contest.  Before QSLing, you may verify that you are in my log by using the Club Log search above.  If you are not in the log, you may e-mail for an explanation and/or resolution.
  • For stateside QSL requests, please QSL direct, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  I'm sorry, but I typically do not keep postage on hand to reply to postcards or QSLs mailed without any return postage.
  • For QSL requests from outside the U.S., please QSL direct with a USPS Global Forever stamped return envelope or $1 USD.  International postage from the U.S. is $1.15, so a minimum of $1 is needed to return a card if you do not have a U.S. Global stamp to send.
  • I do not respond to bureau requests.
  • I do not use QRZ Logbook.

About Me

  • First licensed June 17, 1996 as KF4KLG. Upgraded and became KT4XA in October 1996. Current vanity call acquired September 2000
  • Employed as a software engineer for a telecom equipment company; also a part-time broadcast engineer for several AM and FM stations in northwest Alabama

On-Air Activities

  • QRV most modes 80m-6m.  I occasionally operate 160m in the fall/winter but do not have a permanent 160m antenna
  • I enjoy VHF/UHF hilltopping on 50, 144, 222, and 432 MHz
  • Current interests include DXing, contesting, and homebrewing, although I've done a little bit of everything in the hobby over the years!
  • Rigs:
    • Yaesu FT-847
    • Ten-Tec Omni V
    • Yaesu FT-77
    • Elecraft KX3
    • Yaesu FT-817ND
  • Antennas:
    • G5RV at 30'
    • 10m half-wave vertical on 50' tower
    • 30m delta loop at 25' that I put up specifically to work VK0EK (it worked!)
    • 3-el 6m Yagi at 25', manually rotated
  • VHF/UHF portable station:
    • 6m: Elecraft KX3 (10W) to an MFJ-1762 (3 el)
    • 2m: Yaesu FT-817ND (0.5W) to a Mirage B-34-G amplifier (10W) to a Diamond A144S10 (10 el)
    • 222:  Yaesu FT-817ND 28 MHz IF to Down East Microwave 222 transverter (10W) to a Cushcraft A224WB (4 el)
    • 432:  Yaesu FT-817ND to Tokyo Hi-Power HL-45U amplifier (9W) to a Cushcraft A430-11S (11 el)
    • Future:
      • 902:  Yaesu FT-290R IF rig, SHF Systems 902K transverter
      • 1296:  Realistic HTX-100 IF, DEMI 1296-28 transverter
  • Homebrew rigs:
    • Homebrew NE40-40
    • Small Wonder Labs SW+20
    • Ten-Tec 1315
  • Life Member, ARRL
  • Member, Alabama Contest Group and Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Club


I enjoy chasing countries, states, and grid squares. All of the following have been earned with 100W and simple wire or vertical antennas:

Award Award # Issued Endorsements
DXCC Challenge N/A 30 April 2014  
5BDXCC 7,587 14 January 2013  
Mixed DXCC 42,486 18 December 2008 250
Phone DXCC 41,302 14 January 2013 150
CW DXCC 13,576 14 January 2013 200
Digital DXCC 3,935 30 April 2014  
80m DXCC 3,628 14 January 2013  
40m DXCC 6,050 14 January 2013  
30m DXCC N/A 2 May 2015  
20m DXCC N/A 14 January 2013 150
17m DXCC N/A 30 April 2014  
15m DXCC N/A 14 January 2013 150
12m DXCC N/A 30 April 2014  
10m DXCC 34,436 14 January 2013 200
Diamond DXCC N/A 12 December 2012  
5BWAS 2,996 4 May 2011 160m, 30m, 17m, and 12m (9BWAS)
160m WAS 1,180 8 January 2011 CW
WAS 55,028 2 November 2013 30m, 17m, and 12m
Triple Play WAS 538 1 March 2011  
6m VUCC 2,032 18 September 2012 250

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