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   My ​n​ame ​is Dean. I am a big supporter to the 2nd Amendment. 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 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 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. I have quite a few pictures on my page showing some of the things i like to do. I have pictures of me Scuba Diving, picture of me showing St.Louis as i am flying overhead on way back from Hawaii, pictures of my Antennas & Equipment, pictures of my recent Deer Antler Mounts, Picture honoring our fallen Officers, and also about the only picture i have of my Grandpa. My Grandpa passed away when i was 5 years old and this was a actual painting/drawing that a artist did of my Grandpa. I also have my Police Academy picture with my fellow Academy classmates. I am in the 3rd row starting at the left. I also have a picture of the Communications room in the Battleship Missourri i got to make contacts from when i visited. I have also added a picture of my biggest Deer/Buck ever killed Oct. 8th 2017. He has 11 points, weighs 227lbs field dressed, and scored 150 7/8 Pope & Young. Also at the bottom of my page is the latest released Amateur Radio Band Plan. 


My ham radio gear i own is: 

1. Anytone AT-D868UV Dualband DMR/ANALOG Handheld Transceiver

2. MD380G 70cm DMR Analog/Digital voice Handheld Transceiver 

3. Connect Systems CS800 UHF DMR Digital/Analog 45watt Mobile Transceiver


My antennas at my station are:

1. 160m-6m OCF Antenna 213ft Long (Long leg is 142Ft)(Short Leg is 71Ft). 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 there into my shack. The wires are spaced approximately 130 degrees apart. I am able to tune all bands 160m-6m with the built in 3:1 tuner in radios with this configuration.

2. Stacked 6 Meter Loop Antennas. One at 35Ft and one at 20FT. I have them connected by a phasing harness to give me additional 3db gain

3. Diamond X510HDM 17Ft 2m/440 at 60Ft

4. Antron 99 with ground plane kit at 35Ft for 10 meters

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 also had the opportunity to be the radio operator on the BattleShip Missourri (KH6BB) in Pearl Harbor Hawaii quite awhile back and work a good friend that is now a silent key back home where i lived in Illinois. I hope to hear you on DMR 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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