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Licensed for twenty five years, I am a member of the ARRL, AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-UK, and QCWA. I'm presently the corporate secretary for AMSAT.

My primary interest in amateur radio is working new stations via OSCAR transponders. Confirmed in my log are 1000+ maidenhead gridsquares toward the ARRL Satellite VUCC, 50+ DXCC entities, and all 488 gridsquares of the continental USA. I've activated almost 150 grid squares by roving with my portable satellite station and continue to add new grids as work and leisure travel permit.

I upload all my portable contacts as W5PFG to ARRL's Logbook of the World, no /P or /M except /MM or any DXCC entity outside the USA.

In addition to amateur satellite operating, I often listen to D-STAR Reflector 04B and Brandmeister DMR Talk Group 3148. In my shack I have a MMDVM Pi Hat on a Raspberry Pi B+ and in the mobile a MMDVM Pi Hat on a Raspberry Pi Zero W. I do own a Yasesu System Fusion (YSF) radio but I am not active on that network.

I'm starting to develop an interest in working 6m with a lighteight portable station. I often travel to some rarer grid squares in the Texas Panhandle area such as DM83-86, and DM93-96. My goal is to help put some of the lesser-heard grids in that region on peoples' confirmed grid maps in 2018. My first outing will be in the DL79/89, DM70/80 region near Fort Davis ,TX.

My Yaesu FT-817 and FO-29 Satellite Operation Video:

Below is my confirmed gridsquare maps for my former station in EM21hs: 

(I now live in EM12dl and do not chase gridsquares or amateur radio awards from the new QTH.)

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United States Counties Award#598
Granted: 2016-07-19 10:40:03   (W5PFG)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
United States Award#1642
Granted: 2015-11-30 20:25:02   (W5PFG)

  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#11353
Granted: 2015-11-30 20:25:02   (W5PFG)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#2047
Granted: 2015-02-11 18:18:25   (W5PFG)

  • 2 Meters Mixed
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