I liked it so much that I returned in 2011-2014 to operate as VP9/N1SV and in the CQWW Phone contest as VP9I. It's amazing what you can do with a tribander, and simple wire antennas from there. In 2014 I finished with a final score of just over 4M points and #3 in the world.

As you can see from the photo on the left, I like chasing awards. I got my mixed DXCC in 1982, acheived honor roll in 2009, and finally reached the DXCC challenge 2500 level in 2018. Here is the list of DXCC entities that I still need. I also have 9-band DXCC and continue to chip away at 6m DXCC with 85 countries confirmed.


I am an avid contester / DXer and enjoy operating various HF and VHF / UHF contests from the home QTH as well as other locations, my favorite contest is CQWW . I have also tried my hand at mobile contesting participating in several New England QSO parties with mixed results.

In 2010 I operated the CQWW Phone contest from Bermuda as VP9/N1SV. This was the first time I had operated outside the US and it was a real learning experience for me! I operated from the QTH of VP9GE and had a great time. Ed was super and made sure that I had verything I needed.

Late in 2018 I became active on the 630m band (472 - 479 KHz) mostly on JT9, WSPR, and CW. So far In this first season I've worked about 40 different stations in 18 states and three DXCC entities. I've also been decoded on WSPR from as far away as Europe. For more information on Adapting a 160m antenna for 630m, see the article in my projects section.