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The Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team is a small group of ham radio operators with ties to southeastern Ohio who enjoy operating their radios outdoors and when away from home.
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 taken a Yaesu FT-920 to SEORAT field events.

Mike has many HF rigs, including...

  • an Elecraft K2,
  • 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 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, frequenty travels with his pop-up camper and enjoys 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,
  • a three-band Elecraft KX1,
  • an Elecraft K2,
  • an Elecraft K2/100,
  • a single-receiver Elecraft K3/100,
  • an Elecraft KX3 + KXPA100 + PX3,
  • a Ten-Tec Argonaut 515,
  • a Ten-Tec/YouKits HB-1B,
  • a Yaesu FT-817,
  • an ICOM IC-7000,
  • 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 2010 Adventure Radio Society 'Flight of the Bumblebees'
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, and
  • an ICOM IC-735.
Eric's favorite field rig is his Elecraft KX3; he has built the KX3 Travel Kit which he hopes will encourage him to engage in more frequent impromptu human-powered-transport (bike/hike/canoe) field operations.

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.

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

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

Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL (formerly KC8GLI, KF4TZK, and M0CYI), a native of North Caroline, has left the hills of southeastern Ohio to return to the 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, Tom has several Elecraft transceivers:

  • a four-band KX1,
  • a K2/100, and
  • a KX3.

One of Tom's favorite activities is hiking with his KX1, his "little travel buddy".

Tom is experimenting with field antennas using a 31' Jackite telescoping fiberglass pole.

Tom and his wife, Heather, recently finished building a passive-solar house with an off-the-grid hamshack. Tom is looking forward to erecting several very significant antennas on the new property.

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.

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

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