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Some background about me:

I earned my Novice license WN2RQG before I was 13.  I was a member of the radio club at my youth center WA2PJO, in the southwest corner of Nassau County on Long Island. There I got a taste of radio theory, practical operating, and propagation.  I was excited that we could talk to folks in places as far away as Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Those were several times more distant than what I heard on AM broadcast radio.  Unlike broadcast radio, I could have real converstations.  And with my technical curiosity and interests, I realized I had much more in common with folks on amateur radio than on broadcast.  I enjoyed noticing how the propagation changed with time and seasons on the different bands.  WA2PJO was in the basement of the youth center, with old school desks and a blackboard, and a Collins line of radio equipment along one wall.  On the roof was a dipole antenna.  I was a member of the club for two years.  The club advisor when I first joined was Mr. Bob Lieberman W2DAH s.k. For my second year at the club we had a younger ham advisor.  He was the one who gave me my theory foundation. Unfortunately I don't remember his name or callsign now.​ At the end of the second year I was the only one left, and the club discontinued. I was thrilled, but also disappointed, that I didn't see electronics theory in school until 12th grade. Until then none of my classmates knew what I was talking about. Well, they probably didn't understand it afterwards either.

In high school I joined the radio club there, WB2EJZ, and I became its president during my senior year.  I looked forward to Friday afternoons, our club time, to see who and where I could contact on CW.  It was my quality time.  I eventually earned my General license with my current call sign. I took the test at the FCC office in downtown New York.  The WB2EJZ club adivisor was social studies teacher Mr. Marvin Fricklas W2FGD s.k.

A coworker of my mother who was a ham, Arthur Short, kindly helped me buy equipment at Harrison Radio in Farmingdale, NY and helped me set up at home.  I operated briefly at home with a Swan 350 and a Hustler trap vertical antenna, mostly on CW.  Then I was inactive for many years. 

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Photos: The barrier beaches of Atlantic Beach and the Rockaway Peninsula, in southwest Nassau County and the very southeast of New York City -- about as far away as you can go from midtown and still be in city. From the beaches you can watch the ships come in and out of the harbor. Beyond is the Hudson River outlet to the Atlantic and the coast of New Jersey.

Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, by the New York Public Library.

2nd Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

 

South along the East River from above the Triborough Bridge (1984). What would a city be without its baseball fields? You can see the contrast in buildings and neighborhoods as you look south. The Empire State Building rises in midtown, where the bedrock is close to the surface. The bedrock does not get close enough to the surface again until downtown, where you see the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. 

One of the three Convair 440 aircraft that used to fly schedules between Boston and Farmingdale Republic Airport on Long Island (1980). The copilot is preflighting the aircraft. It was said this particular aircraft had belonged to John F. Kennedy, before he became president.

The Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History was completely rebuilt in 2000. The sky theater is the sphere, and models of various astronomical objects use the sphere as a scale reference -- do you see Saturn and Jupiter at the right? The computers used to run the skyshows during the day are used for astrophysics at night.

  

On the lower west side of Manhattan. Commuting.

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The New York Doll Hospital was in Midtown on Lexington Avenue.

Governor's Island, in the upper Harbor, is a quiet contrast to nearby downtown. It was home of the US First Army and later a US Coast Guard base, and was the longest serving military base in the U.S. It is now a park, operated by the National Park Service and New York State.

Downtown on Wall Street is Federal Hall, the first site of the US federal government. The Bill of Rights was written here. It is now part of the National Park Service, and worth a visit. Downtown has a rich historical heritage.

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The Statue of Liberty from Ellis Island.

During my late teens I started taking flying lessons. I completed earning my pilot's license while I was in college, during spare time.

As a student I worked one year for the New York City Deptartment of Environmental Protection.  I was a science crew member on board this 50 foot boat, a former city police boat.  And I worked with the science analysis.  Our unit did a systematic water quality survey of New York Harbor every summer, and analyzed year-to-year trends.  Four work days were required to survey the whole harbor once. The harbor was surveyed 8 times each summer for a full survey. Experiencing the various parts of the the city from the water was interesting. Sometimes we were around the downtown financial district and the variety of merchant ships in the harbor.  Sometimes we were by the salt marshes and the airports and the communities that live by the bays.  One trip took us to the harbor outlet by the Atlantic Ocean.  Another trip took us into Long Island Sound.  We saw bridges.  We saw the working boats and barges that help made the city go.  We saw a variety of wildlife and habitats.  We saw a variety of places where people lived and worked.  We both took the pulse of the city's health in environmental measurements, and experienced its pulse of life in many other ways.   

During the late 1990s I tried playing with 2 meters for a few years.  With an HT and a disc cone stacked above the TV antenna, I was able to locate most of the repeaters within 50 miles of home, and succeeded in having QSOs with as far away as central New Jersey.  I also spent time to re-educate myself.  I built some kits. I earned my Advanced and Extra together, which included passing the 20 WPM CW.  

I also enjoyed listening to shortwave broadcasts.  At the time I was studying East Asian cultures and languages. I received some nice QSLs from NHK Japan, and also a neat little calculator from them for responding to a question.  In response to my request, NHK did a special program about the Japanese amateur comet hunters when Comet Hyakutake was discovered.  During 9/11, the local news broadcasts in New York were awful, and I relied heavily on the BBC for news and good information.

    

For several years I studied Japanese and Manadarin Chinese languages, and also some of their history, literature, and art. I studied brush writing with a young master Japanese calligrapher Masako Inkyo for 4 years as well. More deeply, I did research on early-childhood psychology, and on the psychological contrasts between East Asian cultures and the West.

 

   

I worked for several years as a docent at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchel Field in Garden City, New York, on Long Island. As a member of the Simulator Group, I was project lead for developing a flight simulator to make it a great VFR teaching tool for visitors, and I was one of the instructors. I developed and built an interactive kiosk exhibit that teaches the flight instruments in a historical context. The museum is located at what was once the major air base for the New York area.  Long Island played crucial roles in America's development in aviation and space.  The museum and its staff do an excellent job bringing that back to life for you.

    

  

 

From 2012 to 2015 I lived and worked as an engineer in Huntsville, Alabama.  There I became a member of the Marshall Amateur Radio Club (call sign NN4SA). The colleagueship and working with their equipment helped me get me back into radio, including not only with HF and CW, but with new modes I had never tried before. I became involved with contests and hosting special events. I very much enjoyed hepling the club and its members develop, and I enjoyed how we all worked well together.  I helped administer the club's website/blog and QRZ.com page:   http://nn4sa.wordpress.com/http://www.qrz.com/db/NN4SA. I served as their vice president for a year and a half. I was also a member of the North Alabama DX Club.

 

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CW "QRP to the Field" in May 2014 at Moontown Airport (FAA identification 3M5) in Hunstville, AL, with KB5EZ and NM4T.

Some views from my time in north Alabama: Monte Sano State Park. A train siding at Cullman. A replica of an early amateur radio receiver and transmitter at the Birmingham Hamfest. Moontown Airport (3M5), a small grass airfield east of Huntsville. Railroad Street in Hartselle. Cherokee County.  Part of the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial.

  

  

 

Looking south towards Huntsville in the distance, from between Meridianville and Toney. Much of Alabama is rural.

The US Space & Rocket Center, on Interstate Highway 565, is the visitor center for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal.

 

US Highway 431 crosses the Tennessee River by Guntersville, AL Airport (8A1).  Little River Canyon Falls is in northeast Alabama.

 

Navigating past a small shower one evening, near Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Northeast Alabama is Appalachian Ridge & Valley terrain. Here Fort Payne is nestled in a valley.

 

My Alabama home QTH was here, in the Jones Valley in Huntsville.  There is a line of apartments at center left. Mine was in the long building at far left, on a second floor. The neighborhood was quiet and safe, and not on the way to anywhere.  A north-south ridge 2000 feet high was just a mile to the east (to the left). The valley here was at an elevation of about 670 feet. I had a long and narrow backyard; on the opposite side of the yard was a line of trees and shrubs, with a quiet brook behind that.  My building restricted permanent antennas, and so I used end fed antennas from my window or balcony, extended to the trees.  I operated QRP.  With this set-up my longest distance QSO was to Spain on 20 meters CW.  And I did well with QRP in a California QSO Party.  I also liked to explore operating QRP from elsewhere.  My favorite place was on a plateau ridge at Monte Sano State Park, about a dozen miles to the east.  And I operated from NN4SA (WA4NZD prior to February 2015).

 

 

   

I now live and work in Colorado Springs, Colorado, close to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Next to my home is a small community park, with a scenic view of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range in the distance. The elevation of the city is about 6100 feet, and my home is at about 6500 feet on a hill.  Pikes Peak is one of the Colorado "fourteeners" and reaches 14,110 feet. It is the inspiration for the "purple mountain majesties" in the song American the Beautiful.

I fly as a privte pilot.  I operate CW, voice, and digital. I sometimes operate QRP in the field. I periodically update my logbooks on ARRL LOTW, eQSL, and QRZ.Com.

I am a member of ARRL and QRP ARCI. Here in Colorado Springs, I am a member of the Deep Space Exploration Society (see lower on this page), the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association, and the V7 Amateur Radio Club. ​

 

  

​My view of Pikes Peak from the park.  The winds and mountains often produce interesting patterns in the clouds.

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About a half dozen miles away, by the foot of the Rampart Range mountains, is the U.S. Air Force Academy. The central white building is the chapel.

​Left: A Sunday morning view from my balcony in winter.

​Right: Calhan, Colorado along US Highway 24, east of Colorado Springs.  Calhan has a small airport (5V4), visible in the foreground. A wind turbine farm for electricity is to the south on a ridge.  This part of the country can be very windy. 

  

​During the warmer months, convective rainshowers will develop around the mountains and east over the high plains. The air is often so dry that we just get virga.  But sometimes instead we get intensely heavy cells of showers. Southeast Colorado gets on average 50 to 70 days of thunderstorms per year, the second highest concentration in the continental US, next to the Southeast US (with 50 to 90 days per year).

Just to the east of the Front Range Mountains, within Colorado Springs, are these Lyons Sandstone structures that stand almost vertically as large monoliths.  The sandstones are part of the Fountain Formation and date to about 250 million years ago.  They originally formed horizontally in alluvial beds, when streams drained from an earlier generation of Ancestral Rocky Mountains.  They were then buried and became rock. When the present Rocky Mountains uplifted, during the Laramide Orogeny from 72 to 40 million years ago, these sandstone layers were pushed up at the sides of the uplift, like trap doors.  These particularly resistant sandstone layers are now part of a park on the west side of the city, called Garden of the Gods.

 

Limon, CO and its small airport (LIC), by Interstate Highway 70 and US Highway 24, about an hour's drive east of Denver. On the ridge to the northeast is another electricity wind turbine farm. If you drive to Colorado Springs from the east, across the center of the country, you will likely come this way on I-70 and exit here to US 24 westbound.  The alternative is to approach from further north or south, and then use Interstate 25.

​The High Plains terrain just east of the Front Range. Three photos south of Pueblo. There is more erosion closer to the high mountains, due to the stronger water runoff. 

The High Plains here are mostly underlain by sand and shale sediments left by a large inland sea from about 100 to 85 million years ago. The composition influences present day land use, which land is better for ranches or for growing crops.

  

View south by I-25 towards Pueblo and the Arkansas River basin, with the Wet Mountains and the twin Spanish Peaks in the distance. The Spanish Peaks are located about 100 miles south of Colorado Springs.

​Most of the country east of the Front Range is ranchland and farms. This is near Karval, CO, about 70 miles east of Colorado Springs.  The Front Range is visible in the distance. The elevation here is about 5700 feet. Where the Arkansas River eventually meets the Mississippi, about 850 miles to the east, the elevation has lowered to 150 feet.

Colorado Highway 94.

 

 

 

Deep Space Exploration Society, K0PRT

I am helping DSES bring back to life a 60 foot radio dish antenna, located in Kiowa County Colorado, for radio astronomy and radio amateur experimenting.  The group operates with the radio club callsign K0PRT, for Plishner Radio Telescope.  You can learn more about the group at their QRZ page, http://qrz.com/db/k0prt, and at dses.science 

The dish antenna is one of several that had been built and used by the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) for tropospheric propagation work in support of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar, from 1957 to 1974.  Those sites were located from Colorado to Arkansas.  

The group has been working hard since 2009 to restore and modernize the antenna and its facilities. The group is starting to make astronomical measurements with the 60 foot antenna and with smaller antennas. This is learning radio astronomy and rebuilding the infrastructure from the ground up.  The dish will also be used for amateur radio communications at VHF and above, including for EME Moon Bounce and tropospheric scatter.

 

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Our experiment for observing radio pulses from Jupiter and its moon Io. Our antenna is a pair of phased dipoles for 20 MHz.

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