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KK5R -- Former calls: WB4DPG, WB5QGI
Extra Class 40+ Years

OMISS # 6452

NOTE: For QSL mailings please use PO Box only as follows:

PO BOX 606

General Background:

Started studying electronics in 1955
Mayo State Vocational and Technical School (Radio & TV)
Lexington Technical Institute (part of the University of KY)
University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY
American Technological University/Central Texas College in Killeen, TX
FCC Licensed Broadcast Engineer (First Class Radiotelephone,
now General Radiotelephone:PG1023110 date converted 03/04/1987)

Could have been licensed in 1959 when living in Brazil, with the help of PY8GD and PY8GN (both SK), but thought that if I could not afford a rig, why have the license? They knew I was already a radio technician and had attended three code schools. But it is always easy to look back with regrets. If I had at least received the Brazilian license, I could have been on the air sooner and maybe now an "old" oldtimer. Well, it's a thought, anyway.

Lived in Brazil and Peru (son of a missionary on the Amazon) and also in Panama for about six months. Attended three Morse code schools (two in Brazil and one in Peru). Returned to USA in December, 1961 and joined US Army in 1962 as an ASA Morse Intercept Operator, attaining 28WPM and qualifying for the MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) in half the alloted time for the course. However, then came a need for Spanish linguists in the Army and was transferred to a language pool to be a Portuguese and Spanish translator/interpreter for remaining time of 3-year Army tour. Still fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and can get lost and found again in French. Of course, I will always have a great interest in foreign languages.

Retired from the US Government after 31 years of service. Last duty was as a Telecommunications Specialist/Engineer for the Television-Audio Support Activity (T-ASA) in Sacramento but that organization has since relocated to Southern California.

Returned from China in 2007 after living there for over four years. Was an English teacher at a large university for two years and at a private school for remainder of time there. Plan to return someday.

Some Places Worked:

IBM Engineering Development Laboratory, Office Products Division

University of KY Physics Department Electronics Shop

US Government as electronic technician, equipment specialist, telecommunications specialist and telecommunications engineer. Worked in systems and production engineering, engineering prototyping and design, five years CAD experience, procuring and setting up computer systems for other government organizations, programming satellite transponders and installing English Language Laboratories in other countries through US Embassies. Duties took me to over 53 countries.

After retirement, I went to China to teach English for four years and returned to Kentucky in 2007. Will be here at least for a while. Still have hopes of either going back to China to teach or moving to Texas, if that doesn't come about.

Hobbies (besides Ham Radio):

Hobbies include photography, flying, writing books and magazine articles and some other hobbies but Amateur Radio remains the most-liked. Antenna experimentation is the main adventure, HF is the name of the game. The present goal is to establish regular skeds with son (N5DIM) in Sacramento. This is why more antenna work is in the forecast.

What's happening today:

Station consists of a Yaesu FT-450AT that drives a Dentron Clipperton L Amp when 100W is not enough.

Also have an FT-2800M on 2M and usually monitor 146.52 Simplex.

Antennas: GAP Titan, a WA2NAN G5RV Jr. at 45-ft. and a B&W folded dipole (TTFD) antenna also at 45-ft. The B&W is the most-used because it has much better signal-to-noise reception and if I can hear them, they can hear me — if they turn up the RF gain and I'm not covered up by someone running "legal" power or an antenna up about 1/4 mile in the air. The G5RV works without a tuner on 40M and 20M and seems to work on 6M...? but mostly use it as a receiving antenna on AM broadcast band and Longwave.

Having a ball but too much DX has already slipped by! Have to get back to the mike and, hopefully soon, back to the key with equal determination. Not too much later, either.


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