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QSL: LoTW, Direct, Buro. USE POSTAL CODE 20158-3301

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Licensed as KN4MSG in 1957, K4MSG in 1958.  Extra Class license.

Located in Loudoun County, VA, grid locator FM19ee

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QSL via LoTW (preferred), Direct or Buro.  Please use Postal Code 20158-3301.

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On-air operation consists of HF CW operation and 2m & 70cm weak-signal terrestrial & meteor scatter operation.

A BIT OF HISTORY:  Since 1957 I have enjoyed many facets of Amateur Radio including HF rag-chewing, CW DX chasing, SSB & CW traffic net operation, home-brewing, etc., but over the years I have often gravitated back to VHF/UHF weak-signal operation just for the sheer fun of it.  In 1972 I began operating on 50 & 144 MHz from the Outer Banks of North Carolina using low-power AM & CW for coastal tropo and OSCAR-6 CW.  I continued operation after returning to Virginia in the mid-1970s and adding SSB capability.  

Sporadic VHF/UHF operation and a spate of HF DXing continued after re-locating to Northern VA in 1978, but since the late 1990s I have focused on 144 & 432 MHz "small station" terrestrial, meteor scatter and EME (see below) operation just to see what can be accomplished.  

I also spent several years in the mid-2000's operating in CW traffic nets (the Hit & Bounce Net, Virginia Net, 4th Region Net, etc.) in order to polish and maintain my CW operating skills.  It's fun to "head-copy" a net and then accurately transcribe a radiogram at 25 wpm (and I still use a pencil, HI-HI!)! 

As noted above, I currently use CW, SSB, and digital (all modes of WSJT-X) on 144 & 432 MHz for terrestrial and meteor scatter.  I am a grid-chaser on 144 and 432 MHz, so if I haven't worked your grid - or even if I have - I'd enjoy trying a QSO with you!  Look for me on the N0UK Ping Jockey chat page (for meteor scatter) or on the ON4KST 144/432 Region 2 chat page (for terrestrial QSOs), or send me an email.  Let's set up a schedule!

 

144 MHz GRID LOCATOR CHART

This dog-eared chart  -  yes, I know, I should "retire" it and start using a digital grid locator chart for record-keeping - has been in use at K4MSG since the mid-1980s to document & track Grid Locators contacted with my "small station" on 144 MHz.  The color coding is:  Yellow - Tropo/Es; Green - Aurora; Pink - Meteor Scatter; Blue - EME.  NOTE:  The pale red mid-continent "arc" across the chart from north to south represents the 1350-mile distance arc from my QTH in FM19.  This is approximately the limit for meteor scatter QSOs; my best was 1313 miles to K5DOG in EM00 (2 QSOs).  Just for the record, similar charts exist for 50 MHz and 432 MHz. cheeky

A majority of my EME QSOs were with stations outside of the USA so their Grids are listed around the border of the chart.  I currently have a 144 MHz total of 263 Grids confirmed (267 worked) and 43 states confirmed. 

 

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Station Equipment

Kenwood TS-2000X (100w on HF & 2m)

ARR 2m LNA (0.55 dB NF)

70cm homebrew 500w amplifier

WA2ODO 70cm LNA (0.25 dB NF)

 

Antennas

HF: 80-40m loaded dipole (all HF bands w/tuner)

2m terrestrial:  M2 2M7 7-element Yagi @ 16'

70cm terrestrial:  DSEFO432-15RS 15-el. @ 19'

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The K4MSG EME Adventure. 2013-2017

Between March of 2013 and January of 2017 I operated 2m & 70cm "small station" EME using modest power levels and a small array for each band (bottom photo).  Power levels were 200w or 350w on 2m and mostly 170w on 70cm, with a short-term EME power increase on 70cm to 500w (Nov. 2016 thru Jan. 2017). Arrays were two 9-el. Yagi (V) on 2m and two 18-el. LFA (H) on 70cm.

EME Statistics

2m:  Initials - 177; Grids - 139; DXCC - 36;  WAC - 6

70cm:  Initials - 41;  Grids - 37; DXCC - 19;  WAC - 6

 

November 2016 Shack & EME Antennas

    

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Memberships  

A-1 Operator Club;  ARRL(LM);   CWops(LM);   Northeast Weak Signal Group (N.E.W.S.);   Loudoun ARG.

Awards

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)

DXCC - CW

WAS - CW, Mixed Mode, and 1976 Bicentennial  

WAC - CW, Digital; endorsements for 144 & 432 MHz

VUCC (confirmed/worked grids):  50 MHz (130/130);  144 MHz (263/267);  432 MHz (68/69).

 

Personal Info  

Retired from U.S. Navy as MCPO (E-9).  Also retired from post-military engineering career in Defense (systems & RF engineering) and telecommunications industries.  BS, MS, Life Senior Member of IEEE, co-inventor on one U.S. patent in telecommunications.  FCC commercial licenses:  Radiotelegraph, T; Radiotelephone, PG; GMDSS Maintainer, DM.  All licenses carry a Ship Radar Endorsement. 

Enjoy world traveling by land or cruise ship (once a sailor, always a sailor!) with my lovely and long-suffering wife of 49 years, Sandra.  Also dabble with the 5-string banjo & banjola and occasional astronomical observing using a Questar 3.5" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope.

And yes, I do work out in a gym - 3 days a week, rain or shine.  You're NEVER too old to whip yourself back into shape!

 

 

 

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