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As of 7/14/09 I am now on 6 Meters from EM32 where I chase DX and gridsquares.

Check out my ham radio web page at http://www.wc5m.com and my astrophotography web page http://autostarsuite.net/photos/markb/.

You can see the weather at my ham shack here: http://wc5m.com/wx.html

AWARDS: WAS/CW 1985==DXCC/CW 1986==Nominated for the ARRL A-1 Operator's Club 2008==WAS 160m 2008==40 WAZ/CW 2009==5BWAZ 2010 (still need zones 22,23,24,26 and 37 on 80 and 22 on 40 to have all 200)==DXCC 160m 2010==5BDXCC 2011

Assistant EC for Ouachita Parish, Louisiana ARES

NTS&NTSD Official Relay Station

Former manager of the Louisiana Slow CW Net (2009-2013).


Born in 1961. Retired from my job as an Electrical Engineer after 17 years in the commercial broadcast radio and cellular telephone industries. First licensed in 1982 as KA5OXX, I became KE5SB in 1984, and finally WC5M in 1985. I enjoy chasing DX on CW. I recently became active on PSK31 and RTTY as well. My brother, WC5N, is also very active chasing DX on CW and RTTY. My dad K5WGQ (SK) was a very active CW DXer. I'm a W5YI and ARRL certified Volunteer Examiner. I enjoy Elmering new hams and building multi-band antennas and pneumatic "antenna launchers". ARRL Life Member.


Radios: Icom 746PRO, Kenwood TS-440S/AT

Amplifier: Ameritron AL-811H, 800 Watts


1) Cushcraft A3S Beam at 30 feet.

2) Ground-mounted Butternut HF9V vertical.

3) 80 meter dipole at 50 feet fed with 450 ohm ladder line.

4) 160 Meter Inverted-L with approximately 100 feet of the driven element vertical.

5) Arrow 4-element 6-meter beam at 35 feet.

6) Cushcraft D3W rotatable dipole for 30, 17, and 12 meters..

7) Ground-mounted 80 meter wire vertical.

Computer: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor with 8GB RAM dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux.

Digital Interface: Tigertronics Signalink USB.

QSL policy: I have uploaded all my past HF logs to LoTW and eQSL and add new contacts daily. I respond to all QSL cards including bureau and direct.



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