NJ0W Rover


My Amateur Radio Email is: NJ0W(at)6T6KIX(dot)COM

As an Amateur Radio Operator (Extra Class) I operate primarily as a Rover, whether it be 2m public service, 6m meteor scatter, or any of the various HF modes or bands. I have installed a Yaesu FT-897D all band transceiver and an Ameritron M500 solid state amp driving a Tarheel 80m-10m screwdriver antenna (mobile) or Inverted-V wire antenna (portable), a 400w TE Systems 6m linear into either a PAR Electronics 6m stressed Moxon or a PAR Electronics 6m Omniangle on a trailer-hitch mounted 29' push-up mast, and a 375w TE Systems 2m linear into a 4el beam (or bareback into a 2m whip). I also have another mast and 500' of coax available for detached operation if needed.

Operating 6m in Organ-Pipe
Cactus National Park, AZ

For power, my 4WD Ford F-150 has a bank of three 12v deep cycle lead/acid batteries that are rated at a total of 320 amp-hours. I am able to run in excess of 14 hours between charges even when running full output WSJT modes. When Roving, I also set my HT up for APRS w/GPS location (you can track me at <http://aprs.fi/?call=nj0w-7>). This has worked fairly well even in remote areas. I do keep a listening watch for 6m Es when moving, but safety will always come first so it may not always be possible (logging can be problematical while moving). I generally monitor 146.520 FM simplex and 50.125 USB when Roving.

I batch process QSL cards upon return from each trip; SASE is required! I usually prepare custom QSL card backs for each operating location that have a photo of the GPS readout, the applicable grids (1,2,or 4), and Single, Boundary, or Confluence operation annotated. If you want separate cards for each grid from a multi-grid operating location, then please include a note or send separate cards for each grid to clue me in, otherwise I will return just one card. Due to the annoying kludge required for Rovers to use LotW, I am not uploading at this time although I occasionally check for software updates that would make it more Rover friendly.

For those that have a lot of QSO's for me to validate, if you would like to send a single card and a summary sheet in a format that I can use to validate my grid activations (IOW; the same info that a card has) you can do that. I would like one of your cards as a 'souvenir' and since I do want to apply for the 'reverse FFMA' award someday (grids activated vs grids contacted) I will need evidence of having activated each grid I operate from so the sheet will need to meet that requirement. I will, of course, accept a stack of cards too.

Send QSL card requests to:

I generally batch process QSL replies so if you haven't received a return for a while you should send me a follow-up email rather than another request. Please take into account that long trips or big events will generate at lot of QSL requests that can take time to work through (I paper log so make sure you use UTC dates and times to speed up the process). If I get something wrong on a card (I've managed some doozies) send an email (address is at the top of this page) and I'll send a corrected card.




...2010 Arizona QSO Party (County-Line HF Operation (as KF7GCL)
...2011 Rover Day-trips out of Flagstaff, AZ [6m FSK & phone]
...2011 Organ-Pipe Cactus National Park, AZ 18-19 March [6m FSK]
...2011 Southern Utah 4-7 May [6m FSK & phone]
...2011 Interior-West 6m Rare-Grid DXpedition 25 May - 10 July [6m FSK & phone]
...2011 Route 66 On-the-Air 9-18 September, 2011 [HF Phone]
...2011 Arizona Statehood QSO Party 8-9 October, 2011 [HF Phone]
.. 2012 Interior-West 6m Rare-Grid Rover Trip to ND 15-19 April [6m FSK & Phone]
...2012 Rover Day-Trips to Grids near EN16 (Fargo, ND) [6m FSK and Phone]
...2012 Interior-West 6m Rare-Grid Rover Trip back to AZ Appx Dates 23-29 May [6m FSK & Phone]
...2012 Route 66 On-the-Air Special Event as W6S 7-16 Sept Roving Eastern AZ 66 [HF thru 6m Phone]
...2012 Super 7 MS Winter Rally 11-17 December. Different Grid around DM45 each AM most days. [6m FSK]
...2013 Interior-West 6m Rare-Grid Rover Trip AZ to ND 19-28 June [6m FSK & Phone]
...2013 Interior-West 6m Rare-Grid Rover Trip ND to AZ 20-28 July [6m FSK & Phone]
...2013 Route 66 On-the-Air Special Event as W6S 6-15 Sept Roving Eastern AZ 66 [HF thru 6m Phone]
...2013 Arizona QSO Party 12-13 October NVO/APH or APH/GLE County Lines [HF thru 6m Phone]
...2014 Route 66 On-the-Air Special Event as W6S 6-15 Sept Roving Eastern AZ 66 [HF thru 6m Phone]
...2015 Route 66 On The Air special Event as W6S 12-20 Sept Roving Eastern AZ 66 [HF Phone]
...2016 Route 66 On The Air special Event as W6S 12-20 Sept Roving Eastern AZ 66 [HF Phone]


I will again be operating as W6S in the annual Route 66 On The Air special event 9-17 September (UTC) from various locations along Route 66 in Arizona. Once again the Northern Arizona DX Association is sponsoring two Rover (W6S & W6T) and the Flagstaff Club location (W6G). This year W6F (Kingman, AZ) joined in so the panorama includes Route 66 across the entire state (c mid-'60s). Each call has a separate QSL card and they fit together to make a pictorial mural of Route 66 in central Arizona.

I'm going to give 6m Roving a try again. I have numerous trips scheduled between Flagstaff and Las Vegas, NV, FLagstaff and Ogden, UT (including a run further North for the Solar Eclipse in AUgust), and FLagstaff to Fargo, ND and back. If I can get the new MSK144 meteor scatter software working with my hardware I'll outfit the truck for 6m again and do some side trips and detours to rare grids. Scheduling this year will be fairly last minute so watch the FFMA Yahoo list for current info.

NOTE: As it turns out, the WSJT-X/MSK144 software is unuseable in the field during the summer. The processor load is such that when the ambient tempeture is over 95F+/- it drives my hardware into thermal shutdown. Considering that most of the rare grids exceed 95F in the summer and are untenible in the winter, my 6m Rover days are essentially over. Unless, of course, FSK441 makes a comeback (doubtful). Interesting how an obsolete mode is more successful (longer distance contacts) and works even when the temps are hovering around 124F......

I will be trying some Northern Arizona SOTA activity in the fall after it cools down so keep an eye on SOTAwatch for that.



 Route 66
Air Guard
Panoramic Photography
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