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The Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team is a small group of ham radio operators with continuing ties to southeastern Ohio who enjoy operating their radios outdoors and when away from home.

Josh Cash, KE8EAS, participating in the 2018 Arizona ScQRPions FYBO
Josh Cash, KE8EAS

Josh Cash, KE8EAS, has only been licensed since April, 2016, but is already an accomplished CW operator and a serious fan of field radio operations.

Josh has stated that 2018 will be a Year of Field Operations for him. To help him achieve this, in March of 2018 Josh made an FX-9A transceiver his primary field radio. Along with the FX-9A transceiver, in 2018 Josh will be experimenting with the N2CX-inspired 20/30/40m field vertical from QRP Guys (link), a QSO King end-fed wire supported by a Spiderbeam 40 telescoping fibrglass mast, and the Buddipole portable antenna system.

Josh's fine home-station rig is a Kenwood TS-480SAT, which he also used in the field before acquiring his FX-9A.

Visit Josh's site.

Mike Hansgen, K8RAT, participating in the 2010 QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party
Mike Hansgen, K8RAT

Mike Hansgen, K8RAT (formerly AA8EB), has left the hills of southeastern Ohio for the glaciated plains of north-central Ohio but still participates in SEORAT field operations as his schedule permits.

Mike is a fan of directional field-portable antennas and has built a 330' vee-beam for field use; he is also a fan of large competition-grade radios and has been know to take a Yaesu FT-920 to SEORAT field events.

Mike has many HF rigs, including...

  • an Elecraft K2,
  • an Elecraft KX3,
  • a Ten-Tec Argonaut 515,
  • a Ten-Tec Scout,
  • a Ten-Tec Omni D,
  • a Yaesu FT-102,
  • a Heathkit HW-8,
  • a Heathkit HW-9, and
  • a Heathkit HW-16 + HG-10B VFO.

Mike's primary field radio is his Elecraft KX3. Mike is experimenting with an N2CX-inspired 20/30/40m wire vertical antenna (link) and a 20' Black Widow fishing pole, and he is also experimenting with other field-friendly antenna designs.

In 2016, Mike enjoyed participating in the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event as a Chaser and finished the Centennial Year with 285 NPS units worked and confirmed.

Mike is a fan of vintage receivers and has several nice examples, including...

  • a Hallicrafters S-22R (needs capacitors),
  • a Hallicrafters SX-24,
  • a Hallicrafters S-38D,
  • a Hallicrafters SX-96,
  • a Hallicrafters S-40B,
  • a Hammarlund HQ-129X (and a 2nd one needing work),
  • a Hammarlund HQ-180, and
  • a National NC-155.

Mike is fascinated by historic means of generating CW and has developed an excellent fist with a cootie/sideswiper key. His first cootie was fashioned from a kitchen knife, a c-clamp, and a pair of vise-grips (photo),

John McCutcheon, N8XWO, participating in the 2005 Adventure Radio Society 'Flight of the Bumblebees'
John McCutcheon, N8XWO

John McCutcheon, N8XWO, recently sold his pop-up camper but when he still had the camper, he regularly traveled with it and enjoyed combining these trips with amateur radio.

John enjoys outdoor operating events such as the ARRL Field Day and the PCARS Ohio State Parks on the Air.

John has several rigs, modern and vintage, including...

  • an ICOM IC-7000,
  • an ICOM IC-7410, and
  • a Kenwood TS-140S.

Within the team, John is the guru on weak-signal VHF operations.

Drew McDaniel, W8MHV, participating in the 2004 Arizona ScQRPions 'Freeze Your B___ Off'
Drew McDaniel, W8MHV

Drew McDaniel, W8MHV (formerly 9M2MC), might be considered the "spiritual leader" of the team. Drew regularly travels to exotic lands for his employer and often makes ham radio an important part of his travels.

Drew has far too many radios to list, but in his stable of portable rigs can be found the following:

  • a four-band Elecraft K1,
  • an Elecraft K2,
  • an Elecraft K2/100,
  • a single-receiver Elecraft K3/100,
  • a three-band Elecraft KX1,
  • an Elecraft KX2,
  • an Elecraft KX3 + KXPA100 + PX3,
  • a Ten-Tec Argonaut 515,
  • an ICOM IC-7300,
  • an Index Labs Improved QRP Plus, and
  • several homebrew rigs.

Drew is a fan of vintage equipment and has a very impressive collection of "heavy metal".

Drew's home station, with the exception of the vintage equipment, is powered by sunlight.

Visit Drew's Amateur Radio and Asia Travels web sites.

Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, participating in the 2015 New England QRP Club 'QRP Afield'; photo by Miles McFadden
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF

Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, somehow ends up doing much of the logistical work leading up to SEORAT expeditions.

Eric's collection of HF rigs includes...

  • an Elecraft K2,
  • an Elecraft KX3,
  • a Heathkit HW-7,
  • a Heathkit HW-8,
  • a Heathkit HW-9,
  • a Heathkit HW-16 + HG-10B VFO,
  • a Drake 2-C / 2-CQ + Drake 2-NT + Hallicrafters HA-5, and
  • an ICOM IC-735.
Eric's favorite field rig is his Elecraft KX3; he has built the KX3 Travel Kit and the Enhanced KX3 Travel Kit which he hopes will encourage him to engage in more frequent impromptu human-powered-transport (bike/hike/canoe) field operations.

In 2016, Eric participated in the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event as an Activator. He successfully activated all ten of the NPS units in Ohio and all six of the NPS units in West Virginia, finishing the Centennial Year with 183 activations, placing 2nd in Ohio and 17th overall among Activators. He also successfully worked 76 NPS units as a Chaser, over half of which were worked park-to-park while activating.

Visit Eric's Amateur Radio web site.

Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, hanging a Field Day 2014 antenna
Miles McFadden, KD8KNC

Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, enjoys participating in SEORAT field operations and particularly enjoys participating in ARRL Field Day as an accomplished SSB operator.

Miles often finds himself helping with the logistics of a RATpedition: packing, unpacking, schlepping, and quite often preparing lunch or dinner at the events.

Robert Riordan, KA4VNK, performing an NPOTA activation of Hopewell Culture NHP in 2016
Robert Riordan, KA4VNK

Robert Riordan, KA4VNK, had been inactive in the radio hobby for several years until he suddenly found himself with extra time and money after his harmonics moved out of the house.

Robert's growing collection of HF radios includes...

  • a Ten-Tec Argonaut V,
  • a Ten-Tec Argonaut 509.
  • a Tec-Tec Scout 555.
  • a Yaesu FT-818.
  • a Yaesu FT-1200,
  • a Heathkit SB-101,
  • a Heathkit HW-7,
  • a Heathkit HW-8,
  • a Kenwood TS-130,
  • a Kenwood TS-680,
  • a Kenwood TS-830,
  • an ICOM IC-7200, and
  • an ICOM-718.

In 2016, Robert participated in the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event as both an Activator and as a Chaser. As an Activator, Robert finished the Centennial Year with 23 activations, placing 6th in Ohio among Activators. As a Chaser, Robert successfully worked 64 NPS units.

Robert is primarily a SSB operator but is working to add CW to his repertoire.

Visit Robert's site.

eff Slattery, N8SUZ, qualifying Sailing Club Island, OH-065L in 2016
Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ

Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ, is the ARRL District Emergency Coordinator for Ohio Section District 8 and is the Communications Director for GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (link).

Jeff owns a pirate ship (photo) and participates in the U.S. Islands Award Program as a qualifier and activator.

Jeff enjoys land-based outdoor operating events such as the PCARS Ohio State Parks on the Air and the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event in which he participated as an activator.

For field use, Jeff has an ICOM IC-7100 and an ICOM IC-706MKIIG.

Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL, participates in the 2005 Adventure Radio Society 'Flight of the Bumblebees'
Tom Witherspoon,

Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL / M0CYI (formerly KC8GLI and KF4TZK), a native of North Carolina, has left the hills of southeastern Ohio to return to the real mountains of western North Carolina (by way of Germany and England) but still participates in SEORAT events when he is able.

In addition to numerous shortwave receivers, both vintage and ultra-modern, conventional and SDR, Tom's stable of very effective field transceivers includes...

  • an Elecraft KX3,
  • an Elecraft KX2, and
  • an LNR Precision LD-11.

In 2016, Tom succumbed to the siren-song of the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event late in the year but quickly rose to 2nd place among North Carolina Activators and finished the Centennial Year with 91 activations, placing 2nd in North Carolina and 34th overall.

Tom is a regular contributor to The Spectrum Monitor magazine.

Tom is the founder and director of Ears to Our World, a 501(c)(3) grass-roots, nonprofit organization that specializes in the distribution of self-powered world band radios and other appropriate technologies to schools and communities in the developing world.

Tom is founder and curator of The Radio Spectrum Archive, a project to preserve and share time-shifted radio spectrum recordings.

Visit Tom's,, The Shortwave Radio Archive, and The Radio Spectrum Archive websites.

Andy Young, KD8WVX, activating 'North Coast National Scenic Trail' for National Parks on the Air on February 28, 2016
Andy Young, KD8WVX

Andy Young, KD8WVX, enjoys operating HF in the great outdoors and participated in the ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) year-long operating-event in which he participated as both as an Activator and as a Chaser.

Andy's primary HF rig is a Kenwood TS-480SAT which he uses both at home and in the field. In the field, Andy has been experimenting with the Buddipole antenna system.

Visit Andy's site.

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