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My name is John and I've been a Radio Amateur since 2001. I am just now learning to use Morse Code, but am pretty active in RTTY contesting. I don't much care for phone contesting (maybe that will change with some new computer automation?), and play with contesting in PSK and other digital modes. I enjoy the radio/computer interface portion of the hobby.

I also do a decent amount of Public Service work, providing communications for local events such as bicycle and canoe races, and footraces.


You might be interested in my blog, which has nothing in particular to do with Amateur Radio, or anything else, for that matter. But it provides a bit of a window into the inner workings of my odd little psyche.

I'm the manager of the Central Mass 2 Meter Traffic Net.


Meters and Tools:

Being built:

In the build queue:

Keys/Paddles: (this is in no way intended to imply that I have attained any in mastery using them)

I live in a small town, on a small lot, thus my antennas are small, and there are no towers. So my antennas are mounted on the house or hung from trees. (I'm starting to think that the little radios I've been building mesh pretty well with the small lot and small antennas...)


Organizations to which I belong:

Other organizations that don't outright disavow knowlege of me:

And though this is entirely unrelated to amateur radio:



I don't get paid for telling you about these folks, but I buy a lot of supplies from them over time. I'm a satisfied customer. I suspect you will be, too.


Contesting and logging software are very important tools. Here are a few of my go-to programs: I run a packet BBS node (KK1X-4) and a WinLink2000 node (KK1X-10) on 145.070 MHz in the vicinity of Ayer, Massachusetts. You can use client software for sending email via Winlink if you are a licensed Amateur Radio operator.

I upload my logs to LoTW and eQSL as quickly as I find time, and Buro and/or direct cards are welcome. SASE is very helpful for a quicker turnaround, but that's not a deal-breaker. I'll only send QSLs for states/counties/countries that I need, and I'll include SASE for domestic cards, or an addressed envelope and a couple of "green stamps" for foreign cards. The €, £, Loony, and other coins are simply too heavy to mail. Your mileage may vary.

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