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Hello to all. Thank you for the lookup and the QSO if we have met on the air. 

If we met during the huge July 27 opening on 6 meters and you need a QSL card please use this address:

 

2216 S. Fruitridge

Terre Haute, IN 47803

I was an amateur radio operator back in high school using gear my grandfather had used. Unfortunately I don't remember his call sign and the gear has gone wherever gear goes when the operator takes a 40+ year break. Even though I left the hobby, the hobby never left me and in late May of 2015 I decided to get back into it. I am very lucky to have an active, very friendly and helpful club (W9UUU) that does the VE testing. One of the VE coordinators encouraged me to attend the club meeting June 5 wherein he lent me the study manual. A week of late night cramming later and I was taking the Technician exam on June 13. On June 15 I had my call sign (KD9EBO) which I then had changed to W9MRH.

December 24, 2016

I've also put up a dipole antenna for 160 meters. It is everything a dipole shouldn't be as it is neither high nor clear. It isn't plagued with noise like I hear other operators complaining about though so it has that going for it. I'm using it with my 450D and will most likely convert the antenna into a fan dipole with elements for 20 & 30 meters.  

An early Christmas present from the world's greatest hobby. I earned my 10,000th chaser point in SOTA for 2016:

  Chaser
Callsign
Activators
Worked
Points Avg. points per
Expedition
View
Log
1 W9MRH 1807 10000 5.53 View
2 WA2USA 1592 8879 5.58 View
3 WB0KIU 1374 7592 5.53 View
4 K9OSC 367 2271 6.19 View
5 KJ9X 323 1973 6.11 View
6 W9FHA 189 1167 6.17 View
7 KC9TYA 172 1119 6.51 View
8 WA9HED 167 996 5.96 View
9 KA9BBQ 149 760 5.10 View
10 K9IR 125 696 5.57 View

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. 73 & peace!

October 4, 2016

A year ago I was studying to pass the General exam. The year has flown. I've added another radio since the last writing. For a month or so I've been using a Yaesu 450D. Except for some clumsy ergonomics which I'm sure many others have complained about it is a fine radio. I use it with my 14AVQ or Diamond 6 meter Yagi should the Magic Band ever show any signs of life. I reached a milestone of 1500 summit activations worked this week and now rank second in District 9 (great movie - btw) in number of Activators Worked but only third in total points. These scores are cumulative as there is no contest period in SOTA so I've passed chasers who may have been active since the program started.

Position Chaser
Callsign
Activators
Worked
Points Avg. points per
Expedition
View
Log
1 WA2USA 8290 45160 5.45 View
2 W9FHA 1420 8305 5.85 View
3 W9MRH 1500 8160 5.44 View
4 WB0KIU 878 4889 5.57 View
5 WD9F 391 2399 6.14 View
6 WA9HED 315 1748 5.55 View
7 KB9ILT 219 1311 5.99 View
8 KJ9X 191 1209 6.33 View
9 KC9TTR 145 673 4.64 View
10 KC9TYA 93 585 6.29 View

 

 

June 13, 2016

Today is the one year anniversary of getting my call sign. What a mind blowing year it has been. This time last year I had no radios, no antenna, just a call sign. Now I have 3 radios and most likely a fourth if the Icom 7300 comes down in price. I have 4 antennas although I have taken down my 3 element 30 meter dipole. I worked the 5th & 6th most sought DX entities on an antenna I built for that purpose. I have gained 4000+ chaser points in Summits on the Air.


March 30, 2016

What a great week in the world's greatest hobby:


I designed and built a 3 element 1/2 wave dipole for 30 meters to work this DXpedition:

I was able to complete a QSO with them at 0525 UTC Tuesday 3/29 using my purpose built antenna and my ICOM 7100.

Completing this QSO establishes a new DX record for distance. The new record is 11,133 miles. Making this contact using the antenna I designed and built has to be my proudest moment in amateur radio to date. It wasn't just the  antenna project but also the exercise of patience and persistance that stretched over 4 hours of operating. The patience was tested by fellow "operators" who intentionally QRM'd the transmit frequency the expedition was using. At one point one idiot from 7.200 held his key down for several minutes sending a dit stream over the expedition. As I said elsewhere, "Screw you!, I got through anyway!"

 

I have added another radio to lineup. I got an ICOM 7100 to put in my JEEP. Trouble is; I love that radio and it has taken the place of my 7200 in the basement shack. Now what to put in the JEEP!

 

February 12, 2016

My setups now consist of an ICOM 718 with an 80M OCFD that I homebrewed. I use an LDG Z11 Pro tuner and a 9:1 balun from Buxxcom. My other rig is an ICOM 7200 with the either a Hy-Gain 14AVQ, a Diamond 2 EL 6M yagi or a 30M dipole run East - West. I also want to put up a 17M East - West dipole as well. Don, K9DRP lent me a Bencher key and an MFJ keyer to get my CW speed up. I am going to be getting my own as the Bencher is much easier on my wrist that the straight key I currently use and the MFJ keyer will operate slower than the one built into my radios. I guess I need two Benchers and two keyers. DXEngineering is going to love me, hi!

January 30, 2016

This QSO with K4KPK earned me my S.S. certificate for SOTA chasers:

30/Jan/2016 19:55 W9MRH K4KPK W4G/NG-040 Sassafras Mountain 7MHz CW 8 1000 73!!!

 

An overdue 6 month recap. I still haven't W.A.S. on 40 CW. I have become an avid "chaser" of  S.OT.A. "activators".

I am assembling gear to do some activating of my own later this year.

My 500th unique contact came on 11/21/2015 with KI4SVM who was doing a summit activation. My 750th unique contact came 1/17/2016 with KD5ZZK who was also activating a summit.

 

12/31/15

Finally, some magic on the Magic Band

On December 26 6 Meters opened from the Midwest to the East Coast. I've uploaded a grid squares map of the contacts I made that morning. I had looked at a spotting site and noticed signal traces. I turned on the rig and for the first time heard signals on 6 Meters. I made as many contacts (15) as I could before the opening fizzled out.

 

 

11/20/2015 I smashed my prior DX record with a QSO with these guys:

The new record stands at 9099 miles.

 

11/6/15

Loving life as a General. Having privilege on 30M & 12M rules. I really wanted to be able to get on 20M but now that I can I don't spend much time there despite having 2 antennas to use on there. Now that we are back on whatever time it is we are on through the winter the DX window has pretty well closed when I get off work. My current DX record is ZL2AGY @ 8000 miles. The second time I worked him was on 40 CW. And some people call 6 meters The Magic Band. ZL2AGY was my last QSO as a Tech. Having a lot of fun chasing DX even though I am not well endowed either from a power or height of tower perspective. 

 

10/12/15

On Saturday the 10th I took and passed the General Exam. Afterward I went home to try out my new privileges I checked into MidCars which, it just so happens was under control of Don, K9DRP, who had just passed his Extra Exam at the same test session that I attended. High Fives!! After working a station in the Blue Ridge Bonanza (W4CA) and several in the Pennsylvania QSO Party all on 40M SSB it was up to serenity of 30M and a QSO with AA7FV.

 

10/2/15

40 CW W.A.S has taken a break while I study for the General exam. I've also gotten my Diamond 2 Element Yagi and ICOM 7200. Still waiting for that elusive opening on 6 meters though. I've also taken a liking to searching out the special event 1X1 call signs. I also installed an 80 meter O.C.F.D. As I'm working more DX since the season is here. I have to send special thanks to SM7ZDI (Victor), who tracked me down through the local ARRL coordinator to make sure I had his info correct, to XE1XR (David) for slowing from 28 wpm to 12 so I could copy him and I1MMR (Mauro) for being a really nice guy.

 

9/2/15

My 40 CW W.A.S count stands at 46. If you're in AK, WY, MS or DE I'd love to hear from you. My antenna tunes up best on the high end of the CW spectrum so I'll  usually be found at around 7.120 from 0100Z to 0300Z or for as long as I can keep my eyes open.

Below is a plan coming together:

For W.A.S. I hatched a plan to try for Hawaii. So I got up at 2:30 AM local time so that darkness would be covering the entire path between Indiana and Hawaii. For over an hour I listened for any QSO's going on hoping a window would open. Finally at around 3:40 AM local time I heard a QSO on 7.026. I listened for the stations to ID and sure enough one was a KH6. The window was open! So all I could do was wait for them to wrap and jump in with a call to the KH6. Unfortunately another station had the same idea and was a stronger signal. So I waited some more. The other guy seemed to want to rag chew and as I felt the window closing they finally wrapped and I jumped in again. This time it was only me and I got the reply!!!! I had hedged my bet by copying KH6AT's info during his prior QSO so I was ready for bits and pieces if his RST went to 1-1-9. Fortunately it didn't!!!! and I got it all. I felt like a kid again instead of the seasoned veteran of 2 months that I am. What a great hobby this is!!!!!!!   

 

I QSL 100% of cards received so there is NO need to send a S.A.S.E. I am in the process of getting cards out to stations who have sent me theirs and the stations on my list for W.A.S. My card is the photo on my page and will be designing a new one once I've used up the first batch. They are sure to be collectors' items (not) so if you want one act now, supplies are limited, hi!

And a note to all you reluctant QSLers out there. If you send me your card I will happily send you one of mine if I haven't already. I like getting cards but I know the expense adds up after awhile.

 

73 to you, thanks for stopping by my little corner of QRZ. May you always be 5-9+

Mike Hannum

W9MRH

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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