About NF9D

Welcome to the NF9D.com website. My name is Bill and I’ve been an amateur radio operator since 2001. I upgraded to Extra Class in 2007. My primary interests are HF operating and emergency communications. I am an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for my local ARES group, where I focus on digital mode operations.

My main areas of interest on HF are QRP (low power operating) and digital modes. I enjoy working DX, but I don’t consider myself a rabid DX chaser. My DX Century Club total is somewhere over 170 counties. I also have WAS (Worked All States) awards for mixed and RTTY operation.

I enjoy working CW (Morse Code), and I’m a member of the FISTs, NAQCC, and SKCC clubs. My favorite bands are probably 20 and 40 meters, but I do listen on 10 and 6 meters for openings.

My current interests include experimenting with digital modes on VHF/UHF, primarily for EMCOMM use. My station is capable of running Winlink, packet, APRS, and other digital modes. I have also experimented with mesh networks.

My primary station equipment includes a Kenwood TS-590s, a Yaesu FT-817 (QRP/Portable operations), and a Yaesu FTM-400DR for mobile VHF/UHF ops.

More personally, I’m retired and my non-radio interests include motorcycling and internet related activities (like this website). My wife and I are very active motorcyclists, and currently participate in vintage motorcycle roadracing with AHRMA.