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Welcome to K5NON's Website on QRZ!

About K5NON
I'm located in San Antonio, Texas USA. I'm a small business owner (photography business), an elementary teacher, a husband and father. My hobbies include: astronomy, building telescopes, cycling, hammock camping, hiking, remote control airplanes and listening to vinyl records aka LPs and playing guitar, bass or percussion instruments. Above all I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.

Membership of the Following Organizations:

Radio Related: ARRL, South Texas ARES, Bexar County ARES, AA5RO (Alamo Area Repeater Organization), W5RTA (South Texas DX Contest Club), Sky Warn and CoCoRaHS, Bicycle Mobile Hams of America

Non-Radio Related:

Astronomy Related: San Antonio Astronomical Association, Astronomy League, NASA Night Sky Network, NASA Explorers Schools, International Dark Sky Association (IDA), Texas IDA, The Planetary Society, and former member of San Angelo Astronomy Association and Sky Observers San Antonio.

Education Related: Texas Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), and former membership in: International Reading Association (IRA).

Misc. National Rifle Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics, San Antonio Board Game Assoc., Texas Hammock Hangers, HammockForums (matthew2000tx), Board Out of Our Minds Board Game Group (BOOM), League of American Cyclist, and Bike Texas.

So where does ham radio come in?

My dad (KG5BQB) has been a news/talk radio broadcaster since the 1980s and I grew up in the radio station booth.
Growing up in the southern tornado alley I listened to the Skywarn Ham Spotters in the Concho Valley area.
Many of my fellow astronomer friends in San Antonio are hams and encouraged me to get my license. I earned my technician ticket November of 2011. Then in January 2012 I passed my general exam. 
Locally, I monitor the some local repeaters in San Antonio, Texas area. If you are passing through town try for me on the AA5RO Repeater (2 meter (147.38+ pl 162.2) and 70 cm(443.875+ pl 162.2). I also have 220mhz and 900 mhz cababilities. You'll find me on Echolink occasionally. On HF I work 10m-40m SSB and PSK. I have been known to jump on 6 meters when it is open.
Jan. of 2014 I've started to dabble with QRP SSB Operation on 20 meters because I purchased a used MFJ9420 and paired it with an MFJ971 tuner. As of October 2014 I've also operated on 900 Mhz as well.
I enjoy antenna making (mostly 6 meters, UHF and VHF).
Contesting: I'm not a huge contest person but was happy to place 4th in the "TX SO PHO" category during the 2013 Texas QSO Party. I was using a 100W rig and a G5RV Jr at 30' I had to break during the contest due to lighting. I've worked a few other State QSO Parties and I've worked from W5RTA's club station during the CQ 160 Phone Contest.�

My Web Sites:

MPR Photography Business Site

My Flickr Photostream

My Astronomy Blog

My Bicycle Blog

Thanks for visiting:


Some Ham Radio Related Photos:

My QRP Setup: MFJ-9420 20 Meter SSB, MFJ-971 Tuner and 12V 8AH SLA

My CB Radio Days (Mid 1990s)

My classroom station (3rd graders on the air!)

L to R: Michael Kalter, W8CI (Dayton Hamvention Chair 2011-2012),Me (K5NON)Right: Mr. S. Suri, VU2MY Amateur of the Year 2012 Dayton Hamvention @ Hamvention Award Ceremony 2012

HT ops on local repeaters during a reststop on a bicycle ride in San Antonio, TX

K5NON with Gordon West "Gordo" WB6NOA

K5NON's Paint Can Antenna for 2 meter and 70cm:

K5NON/Mobile reporting high water reports for SkyWarn during the 2013 Spring Floods in San Antonio, TX

Reported water levels for 5 hours! During the 2013 Flood via Ham Radio and the SkyWarn net.

My other Mobile rig: 2007 Jeep JK with 3" Lift, Kenwood 2 meter rig.

Ham Radio YouTube Videos: Visit my YouTube Channel.

Bicycle Mobile Adventures. (Right now just using an HT as primary radio)

Bicycle Mobile via Dual Band HT, My Novaro commuter with internal 6 speed gear. Texas bluebonnets in foreground.

You might catch me Bicycle Mobile while I'm riding around town: Here I am on my Yuba Mundo Cargo bike.

My Cargo Bike with another at Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas

Leaning in the cruves during a Bicycle Safety Training.

W1INK my YL hualing a bicycle with a Bcycle (yes no "i")

Minneapolis, MN - Bicycle Mobile (W5INK and K5NON)

Mid-Town Green Way - Minneapolis, MN - Bicycle Mobile

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