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I'm active on all bands from 160 meters thru 2 meters plus 440 FM. I have been blessed with the space,time,money and a wife who doesn't mind me having a decent to very good antenna farm.I enjoy almost all modes this great hobby has to offer.I plan on trying or have tried most of them. My favorite things to do in the hobby are the difficult ones.Working DX on 160 and 80,chasing countries on 6 meters and finally getting a small 2 meter EME array up and working are things I like.
I was a dairy farmer until Sept. 2008 and have had 3 different jobs as of Jan 2009 but I think the 4th one will be the one I keep and stay at. Its in maintenance with a small company that is in doing lab work for the food industry.This job gives me most weekends off and a LOT more leisure time.Plus its close to home and pays me a decent wage. I miss and will always miss milking my cows but after 3 knee surgeries I had to be fair to my wife and get out while I could still walk!! We still raise 120 steers with my dad but once we sell the rest of the land and the buildings we will be all done farming. I may get my CDL and help out all the large farms that have grown up around us.
Some of the other things I enjoy are brewing my own beer.I like a good strong beer,something that keeps you warm in the cold Wisconsin winters!!I prefer ales but also enjoy stouts. I try different recipes. The weirdest one was a brew that used Mountain Dew as the sugar/water. It was good but not great.I also enjoy astronomy and hope to install a dome. I had one on order years ago but they raised the price and I just didn't want to spend the extra money.I currently have an ETX-125 by Meade. I have the new Meade ETX on my wish list though. I enjoy shooting pistols and rifles at targets. My wife enjoys this as well. I don't hunt but know it needs to be done to control the game populations. We have several guns;338 Winchester Magnum,357 Magnum pistol and rifle,12 gauge pump,17 calibre bolt action rifle and a 22 rifle.We are saving up for a 500 Smith and Wesson pistol.At one time I reloaded but just don't have time so I quit that.My wife and I also enjoy NASCAR a lot. We have went to a lot of races around the southeast part of the country. We had a 36 foot 5th wheel camper and pulled it with a Dodge Cummins. We did that from 1998 till 2006 but then the prices for fuel,tickets and all just got to be too much so we ended up selling it all and haven't been to one since. We've been to Michigan,Martinsville,Rockingham,Talladega,Atlanta,Bristoland Charlotte.We've met so many really nice peopleand hope to go again once I get some vacation time.We are Chevrolet fans and enjoy Henrick Motorsports the most. Jeff Gordon is the BEST driver ever.We also like driving the 4 wheelers around and plan to go to some trails in 2009. I have enjoyed old antique engines and tractors but never had any. Well in 2007 I made the leap and bought a couple of hit n miss engines plus a couple of Maytags. I'm glad I did,they are so cool and I'm helping preserve a way of farming that will soon be forgotten. I currently have a John Deere "E" 1.5 HP;Economy 5 HP a Witte 3 HP. Plus a model 92 and 72 Maytag. My father-in-law had to move to a nursing home and as we were going through his things and cleaning out the old homestead I found several more Maytags,a few old Briggs washing machine engines plus a David Bradley walk behind tractor.I need to start rebuilding them. These will have meaning to me once he is gone. My wife and I heat our home with wood,only wood. Good thing I enjoy sawing firewood and cutting trees down. I know it sounds weird but I like doing that. There are a lot of fields with trees growing around the fences that grow into the growing part. I clear the fence lines out. My very good freind Bob,KA9BXG helps me cut them down and my wife,Lisa helps me split and stack them.Saves us a lot of money on heating and cuts down on fossil fuel use.Plus it keeps me in good shape!!
As for ham radio I LOVE contesting,DXing the low bands,2 meter SSB and CW plus 6 meter DXing.I have a nice web page that another good freind, Brent, N9BC made for me.Check it out for more on my ham radio hobby. www.k9kl.com
One of the things that I have enjoyed for years and continue to enjoy and learn is World War 2 history and how it pushed technology foward. I'm a WW II buff and read a lot about it.I also watch the Military Channel and the History Channel. I'm not sure if I would have had the balls to run up on the Normandy beaches or stand on the "Big E "and fire at the Japanese fighter/bombers as they poured hot lead and bombs unto the deck. I enjoy meeting and talking to WW II vets. They are leaving us very fast now and once they are gone their stories will be lost. I enjoy talking to others about strategy and how Hilter COULD have won if he would have used his head. I DO NOT WANT HIM TO WIN!!!! He was as close to the Devil as the world as seen yet. But I think he could have. I met a man who drove in the "Red Ball Express". I could have talked to him for days. I asked him if he was scared.....he told me that he was scared of NOT going. Most that I have talked to said something close.He ran across the sands of Utah with bullets zinging around him.....he is my hero and I told him so.One of the neatest things I was able to do was to walk on my favorite ship......the mighty USS Wisconsin !! To look at those 16 inch guns and imagine the damage one of those 2000 pound shells could do was awe inspiring.I thought of all the brave men who stood on her deck....and then in Desert Storm again. Brought a tear to my eye. My grandparents had some of the stamps that was needed to buy things during the war.....they are now mine and stored savely in a banks safety deposit box. My grandparents were married on Dec 30,1941 and I talk them all the time about what it was like. My grandpa was the oldest son and ran the family farm so he didn't have to go but many of his high school buddies went.......many never came home. To end this I would welcome any pictures or accounts of WW II. Please email them to me. I'm not writing a book or anything....just enjoy learning about what the mood and feeling was of that time.
This is me.Thanks for reading and CQ CONTEST K9KL
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