Ham Since: 2006
I have started working HF, after a two year break due to major antenna problems and not able to get any help locally until July of 2013, but I am back on HF operating on nets that deal with traffic, severe weather. or disaster groups. I have also gotten involved with PSK and enjoy that very much since my antennas are working much better and I can make contacts outside the US and Canadian borders. I am still really new to HF and especially logging and the QSL thing so if we make contact, please have patience with me getting you a paper card if you want one.
I LOG ALL QSOs IN ALL FORMATS I USE: AS WE MAKE THE QSO - eQsl, HRD, AND QRZ. I UPLOAD TO LoTW NIGHTLY AFTER I FINISH MY RADIO TIME EACH DAY.
QSL Policy: I will QSL all legitimate requests, responding in kind.
DX stations: PLEASE NOTE, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES NO LONGER SELL IRC. If you send me a QSL via the bureau or direct, I will send one in return (if I haven't already done so, if DX and you chose to use the bureau instead of other modes.) eQsl, HRD log and QRZ are fine to confirm as well. I am happy to decide this during our QSO, it would help each of us.
US and Canada stations: If you send me a QSL direct, I will respond direct--SASE is appreciated but not required, I will respond either way. I am AG on eQSL and automatically upload contacts to eQsl at the end of a digital QSO (with separate accounts for KE5IRK and WA5OGC) and regularly upload to LoTW.
If you want a paper QSL card please tell me so or send me one of yours so I may accommodate. I am still new enough at this I am collecting QSL cards and am still learning how to do it properly.
If I owe you a QSL of any kind, please do not hesitate to contact me by email. I use Ham Radio Deluxe log as that is what I use for my digital communications, QRZ log and recently started LOTW. I am going through all my contacts since my first log in 2008 and trying to synchronize them in case I want to chase paper later.
I normally upload my daily QSOs to the LoTW at the end of my day, at the lastest the following day.
Since I use Ham Radio Deluxe for all digital communications, it automatically uploads to HRD and I have it set to autoupload to eQsl as well.
as of November 15. 2013
I need a LOT of people to confirm on LoTW, eQsl, QRZ, Direct and HRD, especially DX stations.
I have an old Ten Tec 525 I hope to get on the air that was given to me by my first Elmer 10 years after his passing, WA5OGC.
This is a photo of my original Elmer, Oliver Meeks, WA5OGC, operating his station. He had a killer station!!! His only child and I were high school classmates and Oliver and I sat in the local Masonic Lodge together. Ten years after his passing his daughter asked me if I wanted his station. I could not say no. He got me started in HAM radio. We have a club in his memory, check it out under his call, WA5OGC.
I became a HAM due to my interest in severe weather and found it has so much more to offer. I not only enjoy being the net control for the county EOC for the HAMs, but enjoy digital as in PSK and Packet. I have a complete satellite system that was given to me by a Masonic Lodge brother who use to have the primo station between Denver, CO and Dallas, TX, I never could remember his call, he is now an SK, but I don’t think I will ever get it put up here.
I never could learn CW, my hearing is so now that it all sounds the same to me, and on HF SSB, if it is not very clear I have trouble understanding the person. So, digital has become my new HAM friend!
And now, for my story!
Hello there weather enthusiasts, Kilo Echo Five India Romeo Kilo (KE5IRK) here. I have been a weather buff as long as I can remember. When in elementary school I use to look forward to the spring storms. In our small rural community in southwest Oklahoma, we spent more nights as a community in the two large cellars (one at the elementary school, one at the high school) than we did in our own homes. The nice thing (besides the storms) was the teachers were there too just in case you needed help with homework, and yes, they expected us to either be doing homework or reading during the cellar habitation, no napping, you were at school so you worked! We surely had better have all homework completed the next day! Do you remember the scene in Twister where the dad flew away with the cellar door? I had an uncle in our town with a cellar and when staying my grandmother we would walk across the major U.S. highway truck route to go to his cellar. I remember on more than one occasion when I just knew the cellar door was going to blow off and take my uncle with him, as he would have the door chain hooked on the wall and holding it tightly as well. I was raised in a farming family business where we traveled the Great Plains every summer. On two occasions, I can remember seeing hail as large as or larger than large grapefruit or small cantaloupes. Back then, we did not think to take photos nor report it to anyone. The holes in the farm equipment and trailer houses were the only reminder we needed! Once in high school and legally driving, my mother would send me west of town to spot the storms as they moved in while she monitored a multi-band radio at the house. We had a very large basement that became the neighborhood cellar. Oh, we had moved fifteen miles further south during my 9th grade year into a larger town. Mom would listen to the amateur radio operators with the Altus Skywarn team in Altus, OK. That was my first introduction to HAM radio and sparked some interest to be followed up later. It was during this period I saw my first multiple vortex storm. I saw five funnels drop from the same cloud one night, at the same time and all became tornadoes. They did some damage in the small farming community they hit, but mostly only to the churches and schools. Weird!!!
My life being so farming industry oriented, I stayed very interested in weather in southwest Oklahoma. I have a gift for feeling the severe weather situations. It just feels right! As a young Scoutmaster, I continued the study of weather and its effects on the localities in which I lived and worked. I always tried to include more weather lessons in my Scouting and teaching in the public schools than was planned in the curriculums. Shortly after being married and moving back home (community wise) we lost a home to a non-declared tornado because no one saw one that night. There were plenty of other indicators, but it was never declared officially. While sitting in a Masonic Lodge in my hometown I became familiar with the father of a high classmate of mine, who happened to be a HAM. We had many conversations, and I studied Morse code, forever! He was one of the old timers who insisted code was a first step. I had the electronic knowledge, but the code ate my lunch. Some twenty-seven years later, my original Elmer, WA5OGC, would have been proud, I finally decided I wanted to go ahead and be licensed, found a class, passed the first test in May of 2006 and was officially a Technician class HAM. I passed my General exam in June of 2007 and am currently studying, at times, on the Extra class as well as FEMA training. I am a water purification, food preparation, mud out, and assessment person with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team in Oklahoma. I have not gone out with them as when needed I have always been tied up in the school year being a special education teacher by profession, it is critical I be at work at all times. I retired from teaching in 2011 after 38 years of service. After earning my first ticket, I joined some of the local amateur radio clubs around southwest Oklahoma including SOARS (Southwest Oklahoma Amateur Radio Society), W5KS (Lawton-Fort Sill Armature Radio Club), LIRA/WX5LAW (Lawton Independent Radio Alliance) and with a planned move to the Austin, TX area the AARC (Austin Amateur Radio Club). I later started the CRAM club, (Cyclone Radio Amateur Memoriam) club with the call sign of my original Elmer with the help of his daughter (a former high school classmate) keeping his call sign WA5OGC.
My interest is still centered in immediate weather events; my interest has also expanded into disaster relief and some interest in DXing (long distance communication). I currently serve as Net Control for a local Storm Team for the county EOC and enjoy that a great deal. I like tracking our spotters and keeping them safe while taking reports from them in the field and passing that “eye ball” information on to the appropriate persons. This hobby has something for everyone! Give it a serious look
73, Geary, KE5IRK Keeping an eye to the sky, for your safety
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