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Rod Milligan

Florence 41042
United States, KY

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Call data

Last update:2020-09-27 19:12:22
QTH:Near Cincinnati OH
Main prefix:K
Federal state:KY
US county:Boone
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:4235243

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2020-05-02 13:55:33
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no


My name is Rod. I live in Florence, Kentucky (US grid square EM78px). Florence is located about 12 miles (19 Km) south of Cincinnati on the Northern Kentucky side of the Ohio river. Florence is a medium sized community with a population of about 32,500 people.

I am currently licensed as a Technician class operator and I hope to upgrade to my General class license later this year. My current hobbies include ham radio, traveling, hiking, photography, bicycling, fishing and canoeing.

I received my technicians class license in Dec 2019. I have been interested in amateur radio and have been a dedicated shortwave listener for the past 45 years. During my teen years in the 1970s, I spent many sleepless nights listening to Voice of America and BBC World Service on shortwave. My interest in 2 way radio started with citizens band radio during the mid 1970s. During the early 1980s, I worked at a Chicago FM radio station (WFYR 103.5) as a broadcast engineering intern. My manager at the radio station was very supportive of me and encouraged me to one day become a ham operator as he was. While working at the radio station I tested and passed my FCC Restricted Radio-Telephone Operators Permit. I recently retired from my primary job as a Senior IT Engineer for a major US airline, a job I have done for the past 37 years. My SE job included the design, installation and maintenance of voice and data systems, including networks, servers, UPS systems, workstations and VHF & UHF radio systems. Now that I am retired, I am hoping to devote more time to amateur radio and my other hobbies.

My current ham shack consists of the following equipment:

Icom ID-4100A: 2m / 70cm dual-band mobile radio (used as a base) w/ D-Star
Yaesu FTM-300DR: 2m /70 cm dual-band mobile radio w/System Fusion & WiresX
Icom SM-30 Desk Microphone
Icom ID-51A+2: 2m / 70cm dual-band handheld w/ D-Star
Yaesu FT-3DR: 2m / 70cm dual-band handheld w/ C4FM System Fusion & Wires-X
Yaseu MH-85: Camera Microphone for use with my Yaesu FT-3D and my FTM-300DR
Yaesu VX-6R: Analog 2m / 1.25m / 70cm Tri-band Handheld
Shark RF OpenSPOT3 Hotspot
SDRPlay RSPdx SDR Receiver
Hammarlund HQ-160 1950s Vintage Shortwave Receiver
MFJ874 SWR / Watt Meter
Alinco DM-330MV 32 amp Power Supply

I currently operate on 2m and 70cm. I enjoy working analog, D-Star & System Fusion digital modes. I enjoy having QSOs and participating in nets over my local repeaters. I also enjoy making DX contacts and participating in nets with my OpenSpot3 Hotspot via D-Star, YSF and FCS Reflectors.

I enjoy listening to HF and shortwave on my SDRPlay RSPdx and my 1950s vintage Hammarlund HQ-160 receivers. I recently became interested in APRS and I want to learn more about APRS for positioning, weather reporting and messaging. Last year I completed National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training.

My current antennas include:

Comet GP-3 ground plane antenna for VHF/UHF - 2m and 70 cm.
Comet DS-150 discone antenna for general listening with my SDRPlay RSPdx and Scanners for frequencies above 25 Mhz and as a backup for my VHF/UHF handhelds.
End-fed long-wire antenna HF listening on my SDR RSPdx and my HQ-160. I hope to put this antenna to good use later with a future a HF rig.
Elk Antennas 2m/70cm Log Periodic Beam for Satellite QSOs and Portable VHF/ UHF operations.
Comet SBB-224 antenna for my mobile operation.
Diamond SRH-320A / SRH-770S handheld antennas.
​Signal Stuff Super Elastic Signal Stick handheld antenna.

​73s! Have good times and stay safe and healthy! I look forward to making contacts with you on the air!


Icom ID-4100A
Yaesu FTM-300DR
Icom SM-30 Desk Microphone
Icom ID-51A+2
Yaesu FT-3DR
Yaseu MH-85
Yaesu VX-6R
Shark RF OpenSPOT3 Hotspot
SDRPlay RSPdx SDR Receiver
Hammarlund HQ-160 1950s Vintage Shortwave Receiver
MFJ874 SWR / Watt Meter
Alinco DM-330MV 32 amp Power Supply
Comet GP-3 ground plane antenna
Comet DS-150 discone antenna
Elk Antennas 2m/70cm Log Periodic Beam
PAR EndfedZ End-Fed Antenna 180m-6m
Comet SBB-224 Mobile Antenna
Diamond SRH-320A / SRH-770S handheld antennas
​Signal Stuff Super Elastic Signal Stick handheld antennas

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