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2011 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Ham of the Year

2010 Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club President's Leadership Award

EX KH6JGM Hawaii, SV0BC Crete Island, AL7HJ Alaska

ARRL Extra Class Volunteer Examiner

Member of Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club in Logan, Utah

Cache County, Utah ARES & RACES

Net Control for Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club Ladies' Net, Logan Storehouse Net, NU7TS DSTAR Net.

2014 Logan Bishops' Storehouse Emergency Radio Communications Group

 

AD7HL, Shirley Larsen

 

I was first licensed in Hawaii as a Technician-Plus in Jan 1977 with the callsign KH6JGM. Shortly afterwards, I upgraded to the General Class license. My husband (Kent, now AD7HK) and I used to enjoy listening to the short-wave radio broadcast bands and decided we would like to talk to these countries via ham radio--the start of a fun journey in many aspects of the hobby! We have always enjoyed pushing the limits of ham radio technology available at the time. In Hawaii, we started with black and white slow scan TV and the construction of radio satellite antennas to communicate via early SSB satellites. We eventually sent amateur slow scan TV via LEO satellite between Hawaii and Japan on Oscar 7, even before live commercial satellite TV programming was available in Hawaii. Because my husband was a US Air Force Squadron Commander, we had the opportunity to operate from many different locations in the world.

 

From 1978 -1981 my husband and I lived on the Island of Crete, Greece, where I obtained a Greek license as SVØBC. My mother was also licensed so that she would have a way to contact me via HF while we lived overseas. (There were few phones in Crete and no cell phones or Internet back then.) We kept a schedule each week; afterwards I would run a DX pileup for a few hours from that rare DX location. While there, I had the honor of speaking on the radio to His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan (JY1) a few times. Of all the ham radio awards I have (DXCC, WAS, WAZ, etc.), I am most proud of my Arabian Knights Award (number 425 in the world) and the Royal Jordanian Silver Award (number 120 in the world) from the Arabian Amateur Radio League and signed by King Hussein of Jordan. I also participated in several contests while there (I had the all time record for Crete in the 1980 CQWW Contest), and I have boxes full of QSL cards from hundreds of wonderful countries.

 

From 1981-1985 we lived in Marquette, Michigan where I was once again known as KH6JGM/8. A highlight of this area was our first trip to the Dayton Hamfest, and meeting amateurs we talked to on the radio while on Crete Island (We wore our SVØBC & SVØAP jackets). I also upgraded to an Advanced Class License as I missed talking in the sub-bands I had the privilege of using in Greece. On one vacation to the northeast, we had the opportunity to make a mobile QSO across the pond from the same location that Marconi used for his first transatlantic radio contact in 1901 (Signal Hill, St. John’s, Newfoundland).

 

From 1985 -1989 we lived in Eagle River, Alaska where we asked for new callsigns and I received AL7HJ. I worked as a Communications Coordinator for the 1988 Iditarod Sled Dog Race, keeping track of bush pilots, mushers, supply movements and even handling a serious medical emergency when a team was trampled by a moose. Our daughter, Becky, got her Technician-Plus radio license in Alaska when she was 12 years old (NL7LI—now Advanced Class).

 

We lived in Mountain Home, Idaho from 1989-1995 and kept our Alaska callsigns. We started into Digital Modes in Idaho, using Packet on HF, and on VHF to communicate with Becky while she was attending college 300 miles away (still no Internet or email).

 

With a move to Utah in 1995, we eventually felt it was time to again upgrade our licenses and shed our Alaska callsigns, which continually confused people as to our location. Not long after we started studying, we both upgraded to Amateur Extra in Dec 2007. We helped teach a Technician Class in Mendon in early 2009 to increase the number of operators in our area. After reading some of our lesson plans, our son-in-law (Ryan) decided to join the ranks of Amateur Radio Operators. Within two months of studying, he had a General Class License (KF7AIJ).

 

I still enjoy doing some contests, contacting the Space Shuttle (and the now extinct MIR Space Station), attempting to bust DX pileups to snag a new country, supporting BARC by volunteering to work bike races, being an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, mentoring, helping teach radio licensing classes, and participating in Field Day activities & planning.

 

In 2010 I was asked by the BARC board to be a liaison for the women in the club--we have started a BARC Ladies' Net to encourage the ladies to be on the air more (Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on the Mt. Logan Repeater 146.720). We enjoy eyeball QSOs/activities to make antennas, cables, go-bags, battery connections, Anderson Powerpole Connectors, have dinners, etc.

 

In 2014 Kent and I were asked to be part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Bishops' Storehouse Emergency Response Communications (ERC) Group to assist with communications for Cache Valley in Utah as well as the extreme southern part of Idaho.  We help with training of all communicators in the area, create training material, as well as conduct a radio net the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 8:30 p.m. (Utah time).

 

Kent and I really enjoy taking our amateur radio to the mountains, throwing up simple antennas, and having QSOs. We have a complete setup in our motorhome, which makes it easy for mobile communications. A few years ago we decided to invest in a Pactor modem and have used it many times where there was no email or cell phone service in the mountains. We do even more soundcard digital modes now including APRS, PSK31, Olivia, Winmor, JT65 HF, etc.

 

Our current radio equipment includes a Yaesu FT-2000D, Yaesu FT-897D, Icom 730, Yaesu FT-736R, Yaesu FT-8800, Yaesu FT-8900, DV-Dongle, Alpha 87A Linear Amplifier, Mosley 5-band HF beam antenna on a 40 foot crank-up Hazer tower, HF Vertical, 6-meter beam, trap dipole for 40-80-160 meters, inverted V for 30 meters, 13-Element 2-meter beam, Satellite beams with elevation and azimuth control, homemade digital computer interfaces, my homebrewed portable APRS unit and EMCOMM/Winlink unit, plus a variety of old and newer handheld and mobile radios and antennas.

 

 

 

 

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