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-7300 SDR 160m-6m 100 watt Transceiver (Base Radio)
2. ID-5100A 2m/440 Dstar Digital voice 50 watt Transceiver (Base Radio)
3. FTM-3200DR 2m System fusion/C4FM Digital voice 65 watt Transceiver (Base Radio)
4. Mirage B-320G 2m 200 watt Amplifier for the FTM-3200DR
5. Alinco DR-638T 2m/440 50 watt Transceiver (Mobile)
6. TYT DM-380 UHF DMR Digital voice 5 watt Transceiver (Handheld)
7. DV4MINI Digital voice Multimode USB Dualband 2m/440 Transceiver Hotspot(Will do 6 different modes which include C4FM, DSTAR, DMR, P25, NXDN, DPMR) (I have 3 of those modes to communicate on) You can use this to connect to the digital network via the internet if no repeater is within range giving you ability to talk anywhere you want.
My antennas at my station are:
1. 160m-6m OCF 240ft Long (Long leg is 160Ft)(Short Leg is 80Ft) I am able to tune all bands with the built in 3:1 tuner with the IC-7300. The antenna is terminated into a 4:1 balun at 35Ft with both wires off ground 15-20Ft with a 20Ft vertical radiator running down to a line isolator 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.
Here are some links to some of my favorite sites below:
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, Dmr, 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.
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