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My name is Dean. Some of my hobbies include Fishing, Hunting, Traveling, Scuba diving, Amateur radio and camping. I am also a certified NOAA Advanced storm spotter. I subscribe to RadarlabHD by WeatherTap yearly. It gives me the ability to have high resolution and excellent detail of storm cells with level II data. The program is also tied into the storm spotter network which allows me to track other storm spotters in the field and give them the ability to track my movements during the severe weather events. I have traveled to most of the States in the U.S and also visited Honolulu Hawaii twice & Alaska. I have also been to Mexico. I got my first ticket in 1998. I then proceeded to go for the extra class license and had that within a year. I am an Extra class accredited Volunteer Examiner through ARRL & W5YI. I graduated with my associates in Criminal Justice in 2007 from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL. My overall GPA i graduated with was a 3.7GPA. I have always wanted to go into the military but that was not possible due to an eye injury when i was 11 years old. I have no vision in my left eye but have adapted with the issue very well. I was also a volunteer fireman during my high school years and up to 2 years after high school. I attended a police Academy recently in 2016 but did not continue when I finished due to all the issues Police are dealing with these days and the effects it had taken on me. It was a dream for me to be able to be a Police Officer but the training effects a person in a lot of ways and you have no idea how bad a police officer has it until you go through what they have to do. I commend them for what they have to deal with. I stand behind them all the way and will always lend them a hand anyway i can.

My ham radio gear i own starting with my favorite is:

1. IC-7100 DSTAR Digital Voice 160m-6m 100 watt / 2m 50watt / 70cm 35watt / ALL Mode Transceiver(Base Radio)

2. LDG AT-600PROII  160m-6m Automatic Antenna Tuner with LDG M-600 Meter for IC-7100

3. Yaesu FTM-100DR 2m/440 C4FM System Fusion Digital Voice 50 watt Transceiver (Base & Mobile)

4. Ameritron AL-811A 600 Watt 160m-10m Amplifier


My antennas at my station are:

1. 160m-6m OCF Antenna 213ft Long (Long leg is 142Ft)(Short Leg is 71Ft) I am able to tune all bands with the built in 3:1 tuner on radios with this style and configuration. The antenna is terminated into a 2kw 4:1 balun at 35Ft with both wires off ground 15-20Ft with a 20Ft vertical radiator running down to a CMC-130-3K line isolator/noise suppressor from the 4:1 balun, and then from their into my shack. The wires are spaced approximately 130 degrees apart.

2. 6 Meter Loop Antenna at 35Ft

3. 10/11m Antron 99 vertical at 30Ft

4. Diamond X510HDM 17Ft 2m/440 at 55Ft

My VHF/UHF antennas are ran with LMR400 coax. All of my HF&6 meters is ran with RG8X coax.

My HF antennas and 6 meter antenna are ran into my Delta 4B coax switch with built in lightening protection. All my equipment including my house, coax, tower, radios are all grounded to a copper grounding strap that is connected to a 10 foot ground rod. I have a separate 10 foot ground rod for my tower and another 10 foot ground rod outside my shack for my equipment and radios. All coax lines have lightening surge protectors inline. 


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I have had the opportunity to talk to the International Space station 3 times and also the Russian space station MIR before they deorbited the station quite awhile back. I hope to hear you on Yaesu System fusion, or Dstar digital voice soon. Digital communication is the future of ham radio. The local repeater machines to catch me on is 147.270 & 442.200. They both have a 103.5 PL located in Centralia, IL. Another machine is 146.745 with an 88.5PL located in Vandalia, IL. When Severe weather is occurring in our area, the national weather service links up with our machine to acquire weather reports from spotter's and others out in the field. I do not send out QSL cards by mail. If you send one to me i appreciate it but i do not have QSL cards to send back. I do however participate in QRZ logbook, EQSL and LOTW. Everyone have fun with what the hobby has to offer us and stay safe doing it.


Dean Meredith



Odin, Illinois, weather forecast

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KF9L
Latest Contacts for KF9L at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W7H 2017-05-28 20M SSB CN96sw United States Steven Szombathy, W7UDI
WB9VGJ 2017-05-27 20M JT65 DM34tq United States JOHN L BROUGHTON
KA4SQN 2017-05-26 10M FM FM14GS73 United States RANDALL L SCOTT
K1LDO 2017-05-26 10M FM FM14HM37 United States Christopher D Diederich
KK4MGK 2017-05-26 10M FM FM14es United States Dobie R Hoffman
K0H 2017-05-26 6M SSB EM48lu United States Amanda Alden
K3GYK 2017-05-25 6M SSB DM79nx United States KEVIN B RICH
NV5F 2017-05-25 10M SSB EM12jr United States VIRGINIA R SMITH
W5WJH 2017-05-25 10M SSB EM12lu United States WILLIAM J HOFFMAN
KB5UNX 2017-05-25 10M SSB EM12kp United States Morrie C Pickler
HD2RRC 2017-05-24 20M SSB Ecuador Russian Robinson Club
N7RKY 2017-05-24 10M SSB DN55rs United States JOHN S HARDTKE
NC4AB 2017-05-23 20M JT65 EM95WX28 United States Andy Brinkley
AC9E 2017-05-23 20M JT65 DM72as United States DANIEL N EGGERT
N5AF 2017-05-22 6M FM EM20li United States SAMMY E NEAL

Book Totals: 265 qso's   149 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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