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Here's a little information about myself and my station. I enjoy two primary hobbies; amateur radio and amateur astronomy. Throw in some other interests, including camping, photography, and history. Station equipment: Icom IC-746 Pro, Icom IC-735, Yaesu FT-857D, Yaesu FT-101E, Ameritron AL-811H, Tigertronics SignaLink USB external sound card, and a Palstar AT-500 antenna coupler. Antennas: The main antenna is a G5RV inverted vee.  Other antennas include a multiband vertical, portable Superantennas MP-1 multiband vertical, and a 10 meter dipole. Operating modes (HF): SSB, PSK31, Olivia.  Membership: American Radio Relay League, Johnson County ARES, Iowa RACES, and Skywarn.

I am a frequent check-in and relay station on the Intercontinental Amateur Traffic Net, the Maritime Mobile Service Net as well as the Iowa 75 meter Net (Mon.-Sat @ 12:30 & 17:30 CST on 3.970.), the Iowa 75m Traffic & Emergency Net (Sundays @ 17:30 CST on 3.970), and the Iowa Digital Net (Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm CDT @ 3.572.5 +/- QRM). I also check into several local 2-meter FM nets within a radius of 50 miles.

FEMA courses: IC-100, IC-200, IC-300, IC-700, IC-800, AUXCOMM.  NOAA: NWS Storm Spotter training. Spotter ID JH-101.

A radio activity I particularly enjoy is operating portable HF.  I don't get to do so as often as I would like.  I was last QRV portable recently on Madeline Island, Lake Superior.  The rig used there was a Yaesu FT-857D, with a customized Superantennas MP-1 multiband portable vertical antenna, operating with a 12v gel-cell battery.  I worked VP5/K9HF in the Turks & Caicos Islands; 59 sigs both ways.


  • I wish to remember William "Steve" Jones, WA6GFD (SK), who passed away suddenly on May 1, 2015.  Steve served as Iowa Section ARES District 6 EC, frequent net control operator (SSB, 2m FM, SkyWarn, and digital nets), and as president of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC).  Steve was dedicated to amateur radio's role in emergency communication. He was a natural leader, mentor, and an inspiration to this amateur radio operator.
  • I also wish to remember Richard "Dick" Plasencia, W0RPV (SK), retired electronics engineer at Rockwell Collins, who passed away on Dec. 16, 2014.  Dick was my "Elmer", fellow amateur astronomer, and friend.  We chatted over lunch many times about various projects ranging from building telescope mounts to ham radio, building antennas (Dick was an expert and QST author on the subject), and even perhaps building radio telescopes for our respective backyards.  Both Steve and Dick were extremely talented.  Steve and Dick both inspired by example.

Amateur radio makes the world smaller. I appreciate every contact I make within this honorable community of amateur radio.


Doug / W0ABC

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