Am I Getting Out? Simple Ways for Assessing The Effectiveness of Your Station
Speaker: Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
This session will explore multiple methods for evaluating your radio effectiveness, including Other hams, Beacons, Reverse Beacon Network, and Online Tunable Software Defined Receivers (SDRs).
About our speaker:
First licensed in 1981 as KA8NRC, Anthony has been a QRP operator from his very first QSO (no one told him Novices should not start with a 2-watt QRP rig). Changed callsign to K8ZT in June 2000 after updating to Extra Class.
Anthony is active in a variety of Amateur Radio activities, but his favorite activity is operating! Between contesting, DXing, rag chewing, satellites, etc., CW, Phone, or Digital, his QRP contacts now top 108,000. First drawn to contesting by his love of working DX, he has consistently finished in the top ten of various major contests and finished first in the World and US in both CQ Worldwide Phone and CW QRP categories multiple times. As a bonus, his QRP DXCC total recently topped the 328 mark, and he has completed 11-band WAS.
Recently retired, Anthony’s professional background includes 20 years as a Medical Technologist working in Clinical Microbiology and private computer consulting, and 20 years as a Computer Technology Coordinator/Technology Director (most recently as a Technology Integration Specialist for 30 school districts). His retirement activities include volunteering as a Trainman on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Anthony lives with his wife Linda, KA8ODP, near Akron, Ohio. His station is definitely not a super contesting station. His small suburban lot is cramped with a modest array of antennas, proving that you can be competitive in contests without acres of aluminum if you choose your entry category carefully.
Anthony currently serves as ARRL Ohio Section Youth Coordinator. He enjoys sharing his Amateur Radio interests with others by maintaining a website k8zt.com, writing articles for a variety of publications, including CQ Magazine (column “Ham Radio Explorer”), DX Engineering blog “On All Bands” and developing an online course “Introduction to Contesting” for the ARRL. In addition to frequent in-person club presentations pre-COVID, starting during the pandemic, he has done over 300 club presentations and classes virtually in multiple states and countries.
Note: The meeting location is 309 Alplaus Ave, Alplaus, NY, and the building is at the corner of Alplaus Avenue and Bruce Drive. Please park in the paved lot adjacent to this building. Do not park in the restricted area in front of the building that houses the fire trucks. We will meet in the Multipurpose Room (entrance is on the North side of this building).