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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


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


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!



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. 



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)



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'


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




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


Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)


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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