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I was first licensed in 1971 as WN5FMK in my hometown of Alma, Arkansas.

My first rig was a Heath HW-16 limited to 75 watts input and was crystal controlled.


(eBay photo)


My Grandfather was K5VRC (SK) and first Elmer.


Active HF Mobile operator. Mostly CW. Look for me most weekdays during commute times (1200z - 1225z and 2100z-2200z) and occasionally on 17, 20 or 30 CW during the daytime (1500z - 2100z).


HF Mobile Setup:   Antenna: High-Q (80-10m)        Rig: Kenwood TS-480HX          CW Paddle: Kent TP-1            Vehicle: Ford Ranger 4x4 Pickup

The black and white photo below was from one of my earliest Field Days, probably around 1974. .



DXCC (Mixed):Confirmed Total: 347 (Current: 335)   FOC # 2077 http://www.g4foc.org    http://www.dx-code.org/       Antennas: ASL-2010 LPA @ 55 ft., 160M Inv.Vee


Other interests include playing musical instruments -- Bass Guitar (4 and 5-string), Organ, Piano, Digital Keyboard -- digital photography and motorcycle riding. Lots of great riding in the Ozarks! Learn more about the Ozark National Forest: http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ozarknf.html Got the motorcycle bug from my dad early on. That's me at around age 2 with Dad on his Indian.



Two of my previous Harley Davidsons                 My Dad and me on his Indian (around 1959)    Suspension Bridge at Beaver, AR 



Click PLAY button for CW message. (Flash version)


Click link above for more info on learning CW.




Callsign history:

  • WN5FMK 1971-1972
  • WB5FMK 1972-1977 (AB5FMK 1976 US Bicentennial)
  • K5VR 1977 - Present


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AK6VS 2015-11-07 15m CW CM87sr United States Val Stiris
AJ7O 2015-07-15 40m CW DM13in United States DAVID G MILLS
G3HGE 2015-05-30 17M CW JJ00aa England Tom
LZ1BD 2015-05-30 17M CW KN22qo Bulgaria Galya
K2OO 2015-05-30 17M CW EM89ox United States Andy
OK1AL 2015-05-30 17M CW JO70aq Czech Republic Kaj
F6EAZ 2015-05-30 17M CW JN27mh France Chris
F5UM 2015-05-30 17M CW JN13ph France Jean
II2EXPO 2015-05-30 17M CW JN45nl Italy Expo Milano 2015 Special Call
K5XK 2015-05-25 15M CW EM26uk United States Ron
HS0ZLM 2015-05-25 15M CW OK04gb Thailand Finn
ON4LS 2015-05-25 20M CW JO20lw Belgium Jean-Luc
ZB2CW 2015-05-25 20M CW IM76hd Gibraltar Derek
DK2JQT 2015-05-25 20M CW JO40ic Germany Jano
OK2QX 2015-05-25 20M CW JJ00aa Czech Republic Jiri

Book Totals: 2713 qso's   179 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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Granted: 2016-05-21 02:15:02   (K5VR)

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