My journey with amateur radio.

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!

The odds are good that if you made contact with me on the radio, it wasn't by phone. My voice tends to carry through my home, so I usually am on "non-verbal" modes like CW or digital. Just like my mouth, I often speak faster than I listen. As a result, I get a lot of practice sending "AGN?" when using CW.

Although my license is relatively new, I have been around the hobby for years and have a technical background. I enjoy learning things and passing that on to others. I've recently become a VE and look forward to helping new hams get their licenses.

In my adventures, I enjoy cluttering up the yard building wire antennas that often don't do what I expected. Dipoles, doublets, inverted-Vs, vertical dipoles, quarter-wave verticals, phased arrays, nested Marconis, Zepps, G5RV, and G7FEKs... I've made them all and hooked them up to either an FT-857D, an FT-991A, or an ICOM-7300 (usually with the amp off).

Stuffing my carryon bags with equipment is another radio related hobby. I have operated in all four hemispheres, three continents, eight countries, and in two languages. Often I end up having to improvise my antennas on these trips. I've thrown wires into trees, snaked HF antennas out windows, and turned a balcony into decent enough 30-meter antenna to reach out thousands of miles.

Heron Island, Queensland beach at sunset.
You can't go wrong using the Great Barrier Reef for a ground plane.

Finally, I do enjoy collecting ARRL and CQ awards and puttering along in various contests. While they are not for everyone, I find that it gives me some motivation and a way to measure my progress as an operator. In particular, they push me to try new ideas to improve my setup and operating skills.

Awards held:

  • DXCC - Mixed (197 Worked, 167 Confirmed)
  • DXCC - Digital (193 Worked, 163 Confirmed)
  • DXCC - 17M Digital, 20M Digital, 40M Digital
  • WAZ - Mixed, Digital
  • ARRL WAS Mixed - 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M
  • ARRL WAS Digital - 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M, FT-8, FT-4
  • CQ WPX Mixed - 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, NA, Asia, Oceania, Europe
  • CQ WPX Digital - 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, NA, Asia, Oceania, Europe
  • CQ WPX Honor Roll (1145/600) [Pending]

Projects/Awards I'm still working on:

  • DXCC: 30M (118 Worked, 98 Confirmed)
  • 60M "WAS" - (need MT, WV)
  • WAS CW - (41/50, need AL, DE, GA, MS, ND, NE, NJ, SC, VA)
  • WAS Phone - (40/50)
  • WPX: 15M (233/250), 60M (154/175), SA (62/95)
  • VUCC 50MHz (47/100)

DX countries that I still need LOTW/QSL cards for:

  • #141 Mali
  • #168 South Cook Islands
  • #213 French Guiana

Hope to see you on the airwaves soon.

73 ES GUD DX,

KB2S

me @ kb2s.net