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N1SC - Number 1 Storm Chaser

If you are here because you heard something that horrifically resembled 
my call sign in morse code on the air... my sincerest apologies. I am super
new and learning, LOL! Thank you for the patience!

My name is Jeff McGrath and I live in Lehi Utah, USA. DN40bk
QSL: I primarily QSL via LOTW, secondary via QRZ and I will also
QSL direct (my card is sweet) as requested (email or mail).

My Ham Radio History

  • Issued my Technicians ticket KG7HSN
    • Tested and Passed December 21st, 2013
    • Granted/Effective December 31st, 2013!
  • Upgraded to General license
    • Tested and Passed May 23rd, 2015
    • Updated/Effective in ULS June 4th, 2015!
  • Upgraded to Extra license
    • Tested and Passed February 20th, 2016
    • Updated/Effective in ULS March 4th, 2016!
  • ​New Callsign
    • Granted N1SC from my old KG7HSN
    • Updated/Effective in ULS April 1st, 2016!
    • No, it's not an April Fools Joke. :)
  • Utah RACES 287
    • Effective as of August 2016
  • W5YI VE 34443E
    • Effective as of August 2016

Radios, Tuners, Antennas & more:

  • Kenwood TS-850S
    • Kenwood SM-220 Station Monitor
    • LDG AT-200Pro II Autotuner
  • Yaesu FT-857D
    • Small portable 9V battery powered LDG Antenna Tuner
  • Yaesu FT-8900R
    • Feeds into my 5/8ths length j-pole for 2 Meter & 70cm
  • Yaesu FT-2900R
  • Wouxun KG-UVD1P
    • Dual band 2M VHF and 70CM UHF with a quarter wave whip
  • Arrow 2 Meter Yagi (3 element) - I love "DX'ing" with this on 5 watts
  • Multiple Baofeng UV-5Rs
    • Just incase I need something heavy to throw through a tree to pull up a dipole hi hi
  • Multiband Parallel Dipole
    • Cut for 40, 20 and 17 meters. I also get 15 as a 3rd harmonic of 40
    • I can tune 10-80 meters on this antenna just fine
  • 40 meter Copperweld Dipole
    • I can tune 10-80 meters on this antenna just fine
    • Lightweight, little wind resistance and invisible
  • Tigertronics USB Signalink
    • For all of my digital work
    • Chips for both Kenwood and Yaesu
  • 2x Goal Zero Yeti-400 for back up battery operation
  • 6 Meter
    • Aluminum dipole horitzontally polarized 
    • Aluminum 3 element yagi

Memberships & Activity

  • ARRL Member
  • UARC (Utah Amateur Radio Club) Member
  • UVHF Society (Utah VHF Society) Member
  • UARC 76'ers Member
  • UVARC (Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club) Member
    • 2016-02 Interim Activities Manager
  • Western Mercury Net Participant (link)
  • Part of the K7MSH group (a large Mesh Network here in Utah)
    • Scroll down for additional details

My home base station setup

There are a couple of radios that do not appear in this photo

This is where my dipole antenna currently stretches. It is only a copperweld 40 meter cut dipole now, and I no longer use the antenna in the photo. I use a tuner to get 6-80M on the dipole. Depending on where you measure, it is no more than 10~20 feet off the ground.

My station is somewhat deaf as I am behind a huge monsterous hill ... so if you hear me but I cannot hear you, that's probably why. Here is a large Animated GIF image showing the hill behind my house

It's 10MB so might take a while to load. Clicking on the image opens it in a new window.

Professional

I am a computer programmer (software qa automation) by trade and also do photography. Up until recently, I had a studio located in Lindon, Utah.

I did Photojournalism for the University of Utah's Daily Utah Chronicle for several years, and have picked up Stringer jobs since then. I shoot weddings, portraits, commercial, art, landscape, sports, etc.

Online Presence

You can find me here:

Mesh Networking

One of my elmers sk WE7AA got KD7VEA, KD7BKO and myself into Mesh right before he passed. His vision was to get a large mesh network in Utah County, Utah. We have been working with several other groups, and have probably one of the largest mesh networkings (2.4ghz and 5ghz) in the Nation, covering over 3,600 square miles of coverage and spanning links as much as 30 miles. We have a fully operational PBX system, Samba servers, Wiki servers, FTP servers, Mesh Chat, Video cameras on top of mountain tops, Raspberry Pi's with GPS controllers for NTP servers and we control our repeaters using the mesh network. We run all of our stuff using the AREDN firmware on Ubiquiti hardware. There are well over 50 hams now that are part of the network, with multiple groups, in order to pull this together.

For Fun

Here is a photo that I took, that I use for my QSL card. I do a lot of storm chasing, and this lightning bolt is striking the mountain (Lake Mountain) which is home to the UARC (Utah Amature Radio Club) 146.76 repeater and the UVARC (Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club) 146.78 repeater. These are some of the most active repeaters in the State, and we rag chew on it all the time. They are special repeaters to us.

Here are some photos of my home, Utah! These are all photos taken by ME. All photos are Copyright Jeff McGrath

We seriously have some of the most amazing landscapes in the world!

Stars at night, with redrock in Castle Valley being illuminated by moonlight East of Moab Utah

The Salt Flats near Wendover Nevada, on the Utah side.

An old cabin in a field near the border of Utah and Idaho at Bear Lake

Bear Lake, Utah after a storm

Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah at night time. (artifical illumination)

Peekaboo Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah

Solider Creek Reservoir, Utah

Aurora as seen from Silver Lake, Brighton, Utah.

Silver Lake boardwalk at night near Brighton Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon, with the Milkyway and some light pollution above.

Lightning striking over Salt Lake County (the Oquirrh Mountains).

Albion Bason, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, as seen after a sunset storm.

The trail up Little Cottonwood Canyon just after sundown called Catherines Pass. A favorite hike of mine.

Lightning striking Utah Lake, Utah. I do a lot of storm chasing.

Lightning striking Utah Lake, Utah

Sunset over Eagle Mountain Utah

A first snow up Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah (home to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts).

A river in American Fork Canyon, Utah

Fall leaves near the mouth of the Cottonwood Canyons, Utah

Sun setting on front portion of Lone Peak mountain, part of the Wasatch Front mountain range at the end of a storm.

Bobsledding Winter Olympic Qualifiers (taken by me) in Park City Utah at the Winter Olympics State Park.

Winter Olympic Speed Skating Qualifiers (yes my photo) at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.

I love taking pictures of my cars

Alpine Utah as seen at night. It was 10F with 30mph winds that night.

Just outside of Saint George, a red rock sand stone arch is illuminated (light painted) from behind.

Near Moab Utah

Sunsetting over Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Me laying underneath the Milkyway in Moab Utah at night time. Yes, that is me on the grass.

The Milkyway

Taking photos of my friends car inside of my studio

Taking photos of my friends car inside of my studio

Aspen Leaves near Midway Utah

Our beautiful Moon

A Hazy Bloodmoon with clouds passing in front, with Uranus at the bottom left corner.

The Orion Nebula

Pleiades (Subaru) aka The Seven Sisters

Ice Castles in Midway Utah (these were featured in a National Geographic video documentary)

Ice Castles in Midway Utah

Ice Castles in Midway Utah

Aurora as seen during a very rare spectacicle from Trappers Loop (near Huntsville) Utah!

Storm starting to clear one early morning in Bryce Canyon National Park

Milkyway over Bryce Canyon Nation Park at night.

Stars over the Milky Way in Bryce Canyon National Park

Congrats! You made it to the end!

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World Continents Award#17316
Granted: 2017-04-21 16:18:51   (N1SC)

United States Counties Award#5385
Granted: 2016-12-02 18:28:35   (N1SC)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13755
Granted: 2016-09-07 21:01:20   (N1SC)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#1786
Granted: 2016-02-01 03:35:02   (KG7HSN)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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