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I'm a CW  OPERATOR  and my antenna is a end fed 130 ft inverted L  with a Homebrew tuner.     I consider myself an experimenter/tinker  in the world of radio and not just Ham Radio.  My main Qrp rigs are  ICOM 735  and the Argonaut 515.   They are Old Dogs but are Good Dogs, just like me.  I have two deep cycle marine batteries that I keep charged by a SOLAR panel that I have had since 1986.  I operate a little Am with a Mighty Elmac Model AF 67 on 40 and 80 meters.

To receive a QSL please send SASE.  I send a SASE to the Hams I want a QSL card from.  I really enjoy looking at the shack wall and seeing QSL cards.  Sometimes they bring back very nice radio memories.

When operating Qrp the credit for the Qso sits mainly in the other operators lap and I'm thankful for that radiomans skill at the other end of the radio path.

I love BUGS and BUG to BUG QSO's are my favorite kind of  CW  QSOs.  Perfect CW leaves me a bit cold.

I'm a ragchewer and I don't strive for certicates but willingly give my numbers out for certificate chasers.  

ARCI # 6871  (recently rejoined), SKCC # 801, MI QRP CLUB #707

This is the  Jan 1, 2018 Shack.  Antenna is a 130 ft Inverted L end fed with Homebrew tunner.

My Solid State Ham  station is SOLAR POWERED 100 percent of the time.  On the top shelf  your see the ELMAC 67, homebrew transmatch, Drake R4B receiver and SX 190 receiver.  The lower shelf : Icom 735, Argonaut 515 and Icom 756.

I have some old test equipment to the right of the operating table wedged in a book shelf.  Note the Qsls from Colorado Hams that I have worked on CW and the Sunday AM net on 3885 khz.  They are a great bunch of guys.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara  gets  me up into the high country for  fly fishing.  An hours drive puts me on some nice trout water.


For 20 years I hand crafted Bamboo Fly Rods under the name of Bamboo Bill Rods, this Past May, 2016  I retired from making rods and took my web site down.  Below is a picture of one of the split cane rods that I made.  Fly Fishing is still my major passion.  I fish mainly alone because I enjoy solutude.

Across the room from the Ham Station I have my fly tying desk.  

I also run a Part 15 HiFER beacon on 13.56355 Mhz about 4.0 Mw into a 1/4 wave vertical with 14 radials ...it is on 24/7.  The ID is PCO (Pine Colorado) as of May 1, 2017   First went on the air  04/23/2015.    It has been heard in AZ, CO, NV, LA, TX, CA, KS.  HiFER  stands for "High Frequency Experimental Radio"

Give  PCO  a listen and if you hear it please e mail me.  The 4 mw signal is a challenge and a true test of your ability to hear truely weak signals.  22 meters is an interesting band to listen to.  For more about F.C.C. Part 15 beacon operation check out: http://lwca.org  If you hear any Hifer beacons you can post your reports at LWCA.ORG.  I QSL  100 percent on Hifer reports.

1/4 wave vetical with small Top Hat

If your into QRP you might want to see if you can hear HiFER beacon  PCO....send me a SWL report and I'll QSL your report.  Just a note:  In the fall and winter while hiking  I take along a KA1103 portable receiver and listen to the 22 mtr band...I often hear these 4 mw beacons with the portable, so one does not need good antennas to hear these signals when conditions are good.  I have heard most  all the CW beacons while hiking around in the field.  Cw gets out.

These two books speak to the Spirit Of Ham Radio and the Qrpers soul.

If you want a QSL please send a S.A.S.E.          

Natural Radio listening for Whistlers is great fun. 

My first Radio was a Crystal Radio here is my current Variometer Xtal Radio.

As you can see I can plug in a diode or use the Cat Wisker.

Tinkering is an Art and Science, if your an appliance operator only your missing out on a lot of fun.

Part 15 unlicensed transmitters got me started in building up my own beacons.  I ran a Medfer Beacon out of the Denver Metro area back in the early 1990s on frequency 1675 kHz  with an ID of  D with 100 Mw intoa 10 foot vertical. The antenna was about 1 percent efficent.   Listeners who had low noise antennas copied my beacon all over the country. 

Here is my Medfer antenna for beacon  D with a number of short radials and a top hat that was on the air in the early 90s.

I still keep my hands in the teaching of Self Defense:


My Favorite High School Science Teacher

Harold Hensel taught Physics and Chemistry at Stephen Decatur High School, Berlin Maryland

Photo cira 1968

Harold Hensel my father was the best Science teacher I ever had. He was tough but he was fair.  Frank Cathel W7YAZ is also in the photo above. Frank went on to have a very successful caree in Science and he attributes this to Harold Hensel.

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