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Ham Since: 2006
E-mail Address: ke5irk@arrl.net
Web Site: www.ke5irk.net
KE5IRK "The Traveling Man Ham"

I am also active on Facebook, but Amateur Radio is more fun!


I will QSL 100%  direct, LoTW, eQsl, HRD, and/or QRZ, and/or the Bureau.

I have started working HF again in July of 2013, after a two year break due to major antenna and SWR 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 heavily 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 able to make QSOs to the east, but not too well to west for some reason yet.  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.  The second weekend of December 2014 all SWR issues cleared.  I am back to 1.1 to 1.5 SWR and changed nothing, the gremilins left!


QSL Policy: I will QSL all legitimate requests, responding in kind.  Any I do not have in my log I will contact you by email.  I do miss getting some in my log from time to time.  I try my best to do what is riight.

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 in kind.   I LIKE GETTING A HARD CARD FOR A DX QSO.  We should discuss how to do this during our QSO.   If I am mailing you a QSL card, I normally mail them out within two days of our QSO.  eQsl, HRD log, LoTW, 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 normally mail out my QSL cards within two days with a SASE or $$$.  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 tried using Amateur Contact Log and really messed up my log, my fault, not that of the program.

I upload to all four below!

I normally upload my daily QSOs to the LoTW at the end of my day, at the lastest the following day.



 I have my digital program set to autoupload to eQsl as soon as we finish a QSO.


as of December 27. 2014

Since I use Ham Radio Deluxe for all digital communications, it automatically uploads to HRD.



I need a LOT of people to confirm on LoTW, eQsl, QRZ, Direct and HRD, especially DX stations.

I have just started using the Bureau, and now that I am making international contacts. I am a stickler about making sure to QSL all contacts. I accept any confirmaitions, but I am still in the state of amazement with QSL cards, like collecting them, and gladly accept them and will return the same. I am still tweaking my shack, but this a photo during storm season of May 2013. I have since totally rearranged and am more effecient.  See my QRZ page primary photo.  I operate the county EOC net control station from my home until it gets really ugly, then I go to the EOC which is underground and operate a similar station from there. My youngest daughter is also a HAM, with the "assigned" call sign issued during Oklahoma's centinnel year of KE5OKC. She is a trained and experienced storm spotter, but is not very active now. We also operate from here under the WA5OGC call for our club in honor and memory of my original Elmer, Oliver Meeks, SK.

My station:
Radio: Icom 718, whatever the radio runs is what watts I run, usually 75W, but sometimes it drops to 10 and some days it jumps to 100, all depends on the SWR that day. I know, in digital it should be very low, but I am still learning how to do all that thanks to a kind Canadian friend I have talked to a few times on PSK for great information, I am learning.  With the December 2014 changes in my SWR issues, I am now able to properly control the power.  I also have a Ten Tec 525 that has been checked and tested out to kick 90 watts I received from my original Elmer, WA5OGC, following him becoming a SK. When I finish correcting antenna issues, I will have the Ten Tec working too.
Antennas: generally I use a Cushcraft 5BTV, that is put together from the instructions by DX Engenieering as a 6BTV that is probably my best HF anetnna for US and DX QSOs.  I took off the radials and it works better.  My back up is my Alpha Delta DD-LB+ as an inverted V with an apex at 28 feet and the ends at about 4 feet, hey it works! HI HI HI I also use at times an Alpha Delta EE which was put together with u-bolts instead of wire as an inverted V at about 15 apex and 4 foot ends. I have great success with it.  I have a G5RV in storage, for emergencies.  HI HI
Tuner: LDG AT-200Pro II
Software: HRD + DM780 v5.11
QTH: Lawton-Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA, North America, Northern Hemisphere, Earth, Milky Way. HI HI HI
Grid: EM04so

Austin Amateur Radio Club (W5KA)
Cyclone Radio Amateur Club (CRAM, WA5OGC)
Lawton-Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club (LFSARC, W5KS)
Lawton Independent Repeater Alliance (LIRA, WX5LAW)
Southwest Oklahoma Amateur Radio Society (SOARS,
PODXS 070 Club (member #1787)

10-10 International (member #77184)



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, SK, 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.  Sorry, I have forgotten what he used the clothespins for.  HI HI HI  But they had a use or he would not have had them in his shack.

 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 the station up here.  I have used the Yaseu 736 on 2 meter and 70cm, it has a 6 meter module, but I have not put up my 6 meter antenna to try that band yet.

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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KE5IRK
Latest Contacts for KE5IRK at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W0QFW 2015-07-05 40m PSK31 EM37fh United States Robert A Carter
K6AIX 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 DM04qf United States DAVID H DANNER
K6YEK 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 CM87sr United States William G Fuller
KA1YZC 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 FN31om United States Paul E Patnoad
WA0CW 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 EN22gi United States SCOTT L BECHLER
W3DP 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 FN10mg United States RICHARD D JAEGER
KA9DLJ 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 EN70dn United States JERRY W RICHARDS
N7WE 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 EL98bp United States Richard L Butz
K4EZD 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 FM16vt United States Vince Pishioneri
K3JIM 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 FM19qv United States JAMES J WALSH
K0RCJ 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 EM18ej United States RICHARD C JOHNSON
W7WIA/6 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 United States
N3PPD 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 FM19ic United States PETER P DES ROCHES
W0BM 2015-06-28 20M PSK31 EN33pw United States BYRON P CAHILL
K8SCH 2015-06-28 10M PSK31 EM79qc United States OH KY IN AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY INC

Book Totals: 896 qso's   472 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#2371
Granted: 2015-02-13 01:20:02   (KE5IRK)

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