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Name:Tomas
QTH:Omaha
Country:United States
Grid:EN21AG
 
Web: http://nw7us.us
Email:
Tomas D Hood
Omaha, NE 68127
United States
 
Licensed since:1990
  
ITU: 7
CQ:4
State:NE
County:Douglas
 
  
  
   
QSL via: eQSL or LotW - I have no paper QSL cards at this time


Untitled Document

This is the official Tomas David Hood - NW7US biography (updated: June 29, 2011)


QSLing:

At the moment, I CANNOT provide a paper QSL card. I do -NOT- have any paper QSL cards. DO NOT EXPECT ME TO SEND YOU A PAPER QSL CARD - - If you insist on sending me your paper card, and wish me to return that favor, IT WILL BE A VERY LONG WHILE before I can return a card, since I have NO cards right now. Your card will remain in a pile of cards, waiting until the day comes when I can obtain paper QSL cards. Also, If you wish to QSL with me, the easiest and fastest is via eQSL and via LotW.

PLEASE USE eQSL or LotW - I DO NOT HAVE CARDS RIGHT NOW!

If you STILL wish to exchange a card, please send a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) so that I can easily send a return card to you. I am slow, but I catch up and do send a card, eventually, someday. The SASE speeds it up. But, remember: I HAVE NO PAPER QSL CARDS and won't for a while. Again: I DO NOT HAVE PAPER QSL CARDS SO CANNOT REPLY TO YOUR PAPER QSL CARD AT THIS TIME.


Tomas David Hood is NW7US (June 2011)

I'm Tomas David Hood. I am an amateur radio operator with the callsign of NW7US. I enjoy having two-way communications by way of shortwave radio signals, in the amateur radio hobby. The shortwave frequencies are those in the High Frequency (HF) radio spectrum. Amateur radio in the United States of America enjoys the allocation of many frequencies in a number of 'bands' in the Mediumwave, HF, VHF, UHF, and higher radio spectrum.

NW7US is the Amateur Radio call-sign issued by the Federal Communications Commission to my Ham Radio Station, conferring the right to operate this equipment under certain privileges. This call-sign is assigned to me as both an identification of my Amateur Radio station, as well as a reference to those privileges I have been granted after having passed both a series of written examinations which cover rules, procedures, technical theory, and related knowledge, and a series of Morse code proficiency tests. (Note: Morse code proficiency is no longer required as an element of the FCC test; you no longer need to learn and demonstrate knowledge of Morse code in order to obtain an FCC Amateur Radio license. However, Morse code is becoming very popular among Amateur Radio, again. More on that, below).

I was born back in 1965 (in Virginia) and I'm 46. I was first licenced in 1990, though I have been a real high-frequency fan since the early 1970s when I discovered Shortwave Radio. I loved hearing the foriegn stations. Using HF is like travelling without leaving home. I love meeting new folks.

I am also a hobby musician. I love to write music and songs, and play guitar. Please check out my music here: Tomas David Hood - Singer/Songwriter.

NW7US enjoys Morse code using CW on shortwave radio

In general, my station runs 100 watts out of an Icom IC-7000. I am using the KK7UQ home-built digital interface with the Ham Radio Delux + DRM software. My Morse code key is one of two: a WWII Navey Signaling Key (originally used by the Navy for ship-to-ship signal lamps), or a modified Vibroplex key that is now a 'paddle' key (moves side-to-side, requiring an electronic keyer). My antenna is a wire dipole. With a good antenna tuner, I can work all of the HF Amateur Radio bands.

I have some very specific areas of interest in my love of radio and space weather.

My all-purpose amateur radio website is HFRadio.org, while my main personal NW7US.us callsign website is here. My YouTube Channel is here, so please visit and subscribe to the channel where I post a lot of amazing solar flare and other space weather videos. On Facebook, my Amateur Page is here, while my personal page is here. My Space Weather Facebook page is here. I am also on Twitter. I am @NW7US and my space weather / propagation is @hfradiospacewx - please add those if you are interested in following my amateur radio and space weather tweets. Thank you for your interest.

These are some of the websites I've created regarding specific interests that I have: [ Morse Code and CW (carrier-wave mode) | Space Weather, Solar Cycle, Radio Propagation | Radio Circuit & Propagation Analysis w/ACE-HF | Shortwave Radio (SWL) |- Digital (non-voice) radio modes | AM (Amplitude Modulation) Amateur Radio Resources | Radio and Space Weather Forums ]




NW7US portable operation in my travel trailer

Above: NW7US Portable Operation inside the 'Hood' travel trailer.


A bit more about me:

+ I am the Propagation Editor for "CQ Communications Magazine", "CQ VHF Magazine", and "Popular Communications Magazine". Once and a while, I write about propagation and other radio-related topics in "Monitoring Times".

+ I am the owner, system administrator, and content provider of http://hfradio.org/

+ I am a contributor to various amateur radio books, blogs, news articles, Wikipedia, and so on.

+ I am most often found on the High Frequency Amateur Bands in the CW or Digital Modes sub-bands (look for me on 20, 30,40, and 80).

+ The NW7US Ham Shack is located in Grid Square DN26wg / ITU Region 6 / CQ Zone 4 = see the map at http://hfradio.org/

HOW TO QSL (confirm contact) with me:

AT THIS TIME, I DO NOT HAVE PAPER QSL CARDS! I CANNOT PROVIDE A PAPER QSL!

If you wish to QSL with me, the easiest and fastest is via eQSL and LotW. If you wish to exchange a card (paper QSL), I cannot do this easily at the moment because I am portable for several months. If you insist on a paper card, you MUST send a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) so that I can easily send a return card to you. Because I do NOT have current cards available, I *WILL BE* slow (very slow). I will attempt to catch up and send paper cards, eventually, someday, long into the future. The SASE speeds it up, but, I have no cards right now! USE eQSL or LotW


NW7US Log


Some pictures, for your viewing pleasure:

Neighborhood horses - in the back 40 The Bitterroot Mountains in Montana

Here's a more in-depth look at who I am, and about my hobby activities in Amateur Radio:

Tomas David Hood - playing Taylor 614ce - NW7US

I am a father and husband, a business owner, a musician and song writer, the contributing editor to several magazines, and an Amateur Radio Operator.

I am more than a passive hobbyist, in that I hope to inspire others to pursue hobbies that cause personal growth as well as contribute to public benefit. Amateur Radio is one such hobby, as is musical performance and song writing.

One of the core passions driving my activities in amateur radio and in music (song writing as well as performance) is the simple, fundamental desire to communicate with people. I'm like the fictional character in Roger Waters' "Radio Chaos," turning the dials on the shortwave radio, wanting to "talk to the people". Because I care about those around me, far and near, I want to connect. Music is a language between people from diverse spaces.

Amateur Radio is the same sort of language, if you will. When I meet someone on the air, whether it is by PSK31, CW, or voice, we lower some of our barriers and we extend friendship. Sometimes, this can have a great impact on a life.

My desire is to enable others to communicate, too. Because of this, I write the propagation columns in Popular Communications, CQ Magazine, CQ VHF, and you will also see articles from me in other magazines, such as Monitoring Times. I write and maintain an amateur radio web site, the "NW7US Communications Web Resource - HFRadio.org" web site. I've been involved in starting school radio clubs, volunteering during examinations, teaching and mentoring.

ABOUT MY RADIO INTERESTS

My radio interest started when I was a young boy. Around the age of nine, I discovered Shortwave Radio Listening ( see my shortwave page at http://swl.hfradio.org ). I had discovered my parents' Sony portable radio that had four bands; Shortwave, Longwave, FM, and AM. (I've recently obtained a used replacement for this long-lost radio from my childhood! I found it at a Ham Fest. What joy!)

NW7US at Field Day, 2002

Amazing sounds and exotic stations struck my fancy as I tuned around on the dial. Soon, I found myself listening to the time signals on WWV, news broadcasts from the BBC, and cultural shows from Radio South Africa, Radio Canada International, HCJB, and Radio Australia. These were just a few of the International Shortwave Broadcast stations that captured my imagination. I felt that I was traveling the world, without leaving my backyard.

I was particularly fascinated by the hourly WWV propagation bulletin (which will no longer be broadcast as of 2011). I sat listening with rapt attention and great imagination, while thinking of Skylab and space, and radio waves. This was my first exposure to the concept of sunspots, space weather, and the variability of radio wave propagation on shortwave radio.

I began to look for books on electronics and radio (tubes, electricity, and that sort of thing). My folks bought electronic kits for me to build (remember back to when Radio Shack still sold electronic kits and was supportive to the home-builder of electronics?). I built a simple AM transmitter kit, and a VHF receiver kit that enabled me to hear Air Traffic from the local airport. Listening to Northwest Orient pilots talking with the control tower, or hearing South Africa on that Sony portable radio, catapulted me into a world of ideas and possibilities.

As I entered Junior High School, I acquired a military surplus shortwave receiver. Late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping, my bedroom would be lit with the glow of warm orange light from the tubes in the heart of the radio. I heard signals from all over the world, some of them seemed to flow into my room with ease from the dipole antenna that I hid around the eaves of the house. Even AM Broadcast-band DXing was exciting. I remember hearing stations from South America, such as a station from Peru.

NW7US operating portable with school club, 2000

While I served in the United States Army, stationed in Europe, I would stay tuned to the world by using any receiver I could find. An example of my obsession would be from times when I was deployed to tactical communications sites "in the field." When I was not on duty, and not asleep, I would sneak into backup communications shelters (tactical units sitting on a truck, kind of like those campers on the back of a pickup truck), and fire up military communications gear so I could listen to my news from the BBC, or a show from Trans World Radio in Monte Carlo.

My service to the country was as an Army communicator, in the signal corps. I worked in HF, as well as Troposcatter, Microwave, and satellite communications. I also worked a great deal with computers.

But it was not until after my tour with the Military that I finally became a licensed Radio Amateur. After leaving the Army, I met a group of Amateur Radio operators who encouraged me to get my license. They gave me the Novice test, one day, in a very crowded cafeteria at work (The Travelers, in Hartford, Connecticut, where I worked as a programmer/analyst). I was not only required to receive the Morse code, but also to send a text that they provided out of a technical manual.

I passed the test! I lost no time in setting up my station (a random wire of about 200 feet along with an old Kenwood transceiver and an old Navy Key), and waited for my official "Ham Ticket" from the FCC to arrive in the mail, so I could transmit. I would listen, practicing my ability to receive CW. Night after night, I would sit and try to head-copy CW. (Head copy means to decode the CW in your head, rather than write it down).

One day, when I arrived home after work, I opened the mail box and found the envelope from the FCC! The license finally arrived. Now I could not only listen, but, could communicate all over the world. Sure, as a Novice, I was only allowed to communicate in CW, but I was more than proud to do just that! I felt all of the history and was filled with pride that I could use CW, too.

The problem, however, was that I am human. During my first CW QSO, I forgot my name, English, and Morse code. I was sweating! But, slowly, I found my mind again, and began having a great QSO.

I did a lot of Morse code operation during the first months, and continued using CW but also discovered the world on 10 meters. What a band! The propagation was worldwide during the last part of a great solar cycle. The excitement of talking with people from so many locations was never higher than during those first 12 months. Now, I could really travel the world without leaving home. To perhaps learn just a little bit more about cultures and places outside of my little world.

I upgraded to Amateur Extra about seven or so years after my first license. I desired to work DX, and changed my call to NW7US.

CQ_with-radio-sm (18K)

In the past, I was in US Army MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System), and served as the US Army MARS State MARS Director (SMD) for Washington State. I've been the Emergency Operations Officer, too. Time does not allow me to do this, at this time.

I am the father of four children. Three of them are now licensed. My oldest son, Atreju, is KD7TZQ. Ashley, my daughter, is KD7QKT. KD7NHF is Nathon, my middle son. Robby is not yet licensed, though has a desire to get his own. And, my wife is licensed as KD7TZR. This is a great hobby for the whole family to be involved in.

CURRENT HAM RADIO ACTIVITY

I enjoy JT65A, Olivia, and other digital modes. These all have their benefits and challenges. You will also hear me trying to improve my Morse Code skills on the CW subbands. I am a member of the Straight Key Century Club.

I am quite interested in space weather and radio propagation. I am trying to produce a weekly podcast about space weather and radio propagation, but I am not always able to produce those each week. Life gets in the way. I am currently the writer of the monthly Propagation columns of "CQ Magazine" and "Popular Communications" magazine. I also write the quarterly propagation columns in "CQ VHF" magazine. You may also find articles by me in "Monitoring Times" and other publications, from time-to-time.

My current radio is an Icom IC-7000.

My current antenna is a Hustler mobile vertical antenna, mounted on a tripode sitting on our balcony which is at the second-story level of the apartment building. I can operate on 30, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters.

QSLing:

At the moment, I CANNOT provide a paper QSL card. If you insist on sending me your paper card, and wish me to return that favor, IT WILL BE QUITE A WHILE before I can return a card, since I have NO cards right now.

If you wish to QSL with me, the easiest and fastest is via eQSL and via LotW.

PLEASE USE eQSL or LotW - I DO NOT HAVE CARDS RIGHT NOW!

If you STILL wish to exchange a card, please send a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) so that I can easily send a return card to you. I am slow, but I catch up and do send a card, eventually, someday. The SASE speeds it up.

73 - NW7US




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Copyright, 2011, Tomas David Hood (NW7US). All rights reserved.


Source Activity Date time
RBN DX de W2AXR-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 19 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:48
RBN DX de NO1D-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 6 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:47
RBN DX de WB6BEE-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 5 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:47
RBN DX de WZ7I-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 34 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:46
RBN DX de K1TTT-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 25 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:45
RBN DX de W3LPL-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 22 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:44
RBN DX de WA7LNW-#: 10120.0 NW7US CW 12 dB 14 WPM CQ 2220Z 2017-03-12 22:20:43
DXC DX de NW7US: 14107.5 NW7US OLIVIA 32/1000, Center 14/1075, window USB 14106 2017-02-26 20:44:00
RBN DX de W4KAZ-#: 7066.0 NW7US CW 5 dB 11 WPM CQ 0123Z 2016-12-30 01:23:55
RBN DX de K3LR-#: 7007.0 NW7US CW 15 dB 27 WPM CQ 0400Z 2016-01-27 04:00:45
RBN DX de NC7J-#: 7048.0 NW7US CW 14 dB 14 WPM CQ 0103Z 2016-01-23 01:03:34
RBN DX de WZ7I-#: 14059.0 NW7US CW 18 dB 15 WPM CQ 2045Z 2016-01-21 20:45:33
RBN DX de WE4S-#: 14059.0 NW7US CW 25 dB 18 WPM CQ 2045Z 2016-01-21 20:45:33
RBN DX de VE6AO-#: 7057.6 NW7US CW 13 dB 15 WPM CQ 0249Z 2016-01-19 02:49:04
DXC DX de NW7US: 10119.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC 1716Z 2016-01-17 17:16:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 18082.0 K3Y/0 ne skcc 1648Z 2016-01-17 16:48:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 14061.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 1609Z 2016-01-17 16:09:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 21053.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC 1558Z 2016-01-17 15:58:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10126.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 1503Z 2016-01-17 15:03:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7016.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 1457Z 2016-01-17 14:57:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10112.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 2132Z 2016-01-16 21:32:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 14064.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 2107Z 2016-01-16 21:07:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 18088.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC 1912Z 2016-01-16 19:12:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 21063.0 K3Y/0 NE - SKCC SPCL EVNT SMPLX 1829Z 2016-01-16 18:29:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 21063.0 K3Y/0 SKCC NE SMPLX 1732Z 2016-01-16 17:32:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 14059.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 1649Z 2016-01-16 16:49:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10129.0 K3Y/0 NE SKCC SMPLX 1600Z 2016-01-16 16:00:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7063.0 K3Y/0 SKCC SMPLX NE NW7US 0024Z 2016-01-16 00:24:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10124.0 K3Y/0 NE - NW7US SKCC 0001Z 2016-01-16 00:01:00
RBN DX de VE7AB-#: 21049.0 NW7US CW 13 dB 16 WPM CQ 1730Z 2016-01-09 17:30:20
RBN DX de W8WTS-#: 3562.0 NW7US CW 18 dB 13 WPM CQ 0307Z 2016-01-02 03:07:36
RBN DX de HA2KSD-#: 7048.9 NW7US CW 16 dB 15 WPM CQ 0142Z 2015-05-19 01:42:51
RBN DX de F5RRS-#: 14047.7 NW7US CW 9 dB 18 WPM CQ 2124Z 2015-04-20 21:24:40
RBN DX de N7TR-#: 21067.6 NW7US CW 13 dB 17 WPM CQ 0328Z 2015-04-18 03:28:43
RBN DX de K3LR-#: 14055.1 NW7US CW 24 dB 18 WPM CQ 1714Z 2015-01-31 17:14:18
DXC DX de WA3MEJ: 18083.0 NW7US CW, K3Y/0 SPECIAL EVENTS STATION 2015-01-24 16:48:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10109.0 K3Y/0 Special Event K3Y - Control Op in NE - NW7US 2015-01-22 22:41:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10124.0 K3Y/0 QSY from 10.124 - QRL 2237Z 2015-01-22 22:37:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10124.0 K3Y/0 Control OP NW7US, Special Event K3Y 2015-01-22 22:34:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10126.0 K3Y/0 NW7US op for special event K3Y 2015-01-21 23:35:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10126.0 K3Y/0 NW7US control op - K3Y special event 2015-01-21 22:29:00
RBN DX de K8AZ-#: 7059.1 NW7US CW 26 dB 13 WPM CQ 2334Z 2015-01-14 23:34:32
RBN DX de WE9V-#: 7061.0 NW7US CW 21 dB 13 WPM CQ 2314Z 2015-01-11 23:14:02
RBN DX de W3LPL-#: 18078.1 NW7US CW 37 dB 14 WPM CQ 1425Z 2014-11-27 14:25:38
DXC DX de WD9DUI: 14074.0 NW7US OLIVIA, .. 2343Z 2014-04-01 23:43:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7113.0 K3Y/0 QRS skccgroup.com special event / Nebraska 2014-01-20 00:16:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7114.0 K3Y/0 QRS skccgroup.com / Nebraska 2333Z 2014-01-19 23:33:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10126.0 K3Y/0 skccgroup.com 2315Z 2014-01-19 23:15:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10126.0 K3Y/0 SKCCgroup.com Special Event / Nebraska 2014-01-19 21:59:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 14057.0 K3Y/0 SKCC Special Event / NE / NW7US op 2014-01-19 15:17:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10121.0 K3Y/0 SKCC Special Event - Nebraska - QRS 2014-01-19 14:12:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7055.0 K3Y/0 SKCC Special Event / Nebraska / NW7US op 2014-01-19 13:59:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 14057.0 K3Y/0 Nebraska / SKCC / NW7US op 1440Z 2014-01-12 14:40:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10122.0 K3Y/0 NW7US op / Nebraska / SKCC K3Y 2014-01-12 13:59:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 21059.0 K3Y/0 SKCC Special Event (NW7US as SKCC) 2014-01-11 14:24:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 10125.0 K3Y/0 NW7US as K3Y/0 in NE SKCC 1324Z 2014-01-11 13:24:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7059.0 K3Y/0 NW7US as K3Y/0 1300Z 2014-01-11 13:00:00
DXC DX de NW7US: 7059.0 K3Y/0 CW / Nebraska (NW7US op) - At 0000UTC QRS 2014-01-10 23:57:00
RBN DX de WE9V-#: 7052.0 NW7US CW 17 dB 19 WPM CQ 0109Z 2013-12-16 01:09:57
RBN DX de KQ8M-#: 7059.2 NW7US CW 13 dB 11 WPM CQ 2040Z 2013-12-14 20:40:54
RBN DX de W4KKN-#: 7059.2 NW7US CW 13 dB 11 WPM CQ 2040Z 2013-12-14 20:40:53
RBN DX de NA3M-#: 7059.3 NW7US CW 25 dB 11 WPM CQ 2040Z 2013-12-14 20:40:52
RBN DX de AA4VV-#: 7059.3 NW7US CW 21 dB 11 WPM CQ 2039Z 2013-12-14 20:39:13
RBN DX de K3LR-#: 7059.2 NW7US CW 10 dB 11 WPM CQ 2039Z 2013-12-14 20:39:11
RBN DX de WZ7I-#: 21038.6 NW7US CW 41 dB 26 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:44
RBN DX de N4ZR-#: 21038.5 NW7US CW 21 dB 26 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:43
RBN DX de K1TTT-#: 21038.7 NW7US CW 22 dB 25 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:43
RBN DX de N2QT-#: 21038.5 NW7US CW 29 dB 25 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:42
RBN DX de W4KKN-#: 21038.5 NW7US CW 24 dB 26 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:42
RBN DX de AA4VV-#: 21038.6 NW7US CW 19 dB 27 WPM CQ 1358Z 2013-12-14 13:58:41