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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.


After running an ICOM IC-706MKIIG for several years, I now use a Kenwood TS-480HX, a Hi-Q screwdriver antenna, and a Kent TP-1 paddle for CW. Look for me on CW most weekdays during commute times and occasionally on 20 or 30 CW during the daytime.


The black and white photo below was from one of my earliest Field Days, probably around 1974. I'm the curly headed kid in the middle.



After a little over forty-one and a half years on the air, the once-thought-impossible (for a teenage Novice anyway) has happened. I now have 346 total countries confirmed (335 current) and recently received the Honor Roll DXCC plaque and endorsement to my Mixed DXCC. What a ride !





Other interests include playing musical instruments, digital photography, computers and riding motorcycles (on-road). After riding a Harley Sportster for a few years, I now ride a 103 cu.in. Road King. Lots of great riding in the Ozarks! Got the motorcycle bug from my dad early on. That's me at around age 2 on his Indian.




Dust off your key, bug or paddle and give me a call next time you hear me!


Callsign history:

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

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