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Hi, I'm Rick, NØCM.  I am originally from around St. Louis, Missouri,  but my current QTH is in Wichita, Kansas.

I'm an IT manager for a large Fortune 500 hospitality company by day, but besides that........read on.

I started in Amateur Radio with my Technician ticket in May 2015 as KEØEVH.  I passed my General exam in July 2015 and upgraded to Amateur Extra in July 2016 (as KØADZ).  In January 2016, I was granted a 1x2 callsign, and am now NØCM.  I mostly enjoy making HF contacts via voice and digital modes.  I am also working on getting proficient with CW. I attended a great CW Academy class put on by CWOps (level 1) and will start their next course soon. 

I became interested in radio initially because my parents were into CB radio back in the 70's and early 80's.  I remember CB's in the car and at home.  I was always messing with things on dad's workbench.  I still have my dad's President McKinley CB rig.  He was very proud of that radio.  It was a high dollar rig in its time.  Here's a copy of the last QSL card I can find from their time in the CB hobby (back when you had to be licensed for CB).

My 13 year old son, WØBBT (ex-KEØJTF), also earned his Technician license in July 2016 and is working to upgrade to General.  I am so very proud of him.


My QTH shack consists primarily of an Icom IC-7300 for HF along with various 2m and dual band rigs, HT's, etc.  The antenna "farm" includes an MFJ 40m-2m rotatable dipole, a 21ft 80m-10m HF vertical, an 80m-6m end-fed half wave, a 20m double bazooka and a 75-80m homebrew dipole.  I also have a Comet GP9 as well as  some jpoles and other misc VHF/UHF antennas.

For portable operations, especially when camping with the Boy Scout troop, our primary portable unit is a 4u Gator case with a Kenwood TM-D710GA for VHF/UHF including APRS.  On the HF side, it has a Yaesu FT-857d, LDG FTMeter, LDG Z-11 ProII Tuner and a Signalink USB.  We usually run 100w or less off of battery into a Buddipole or a home brew dipole.  A picture is below, many thanks to KD0WAT and K5TBO for their help in getting this box put together.

W0BBT and I activated Camp Arrowhed near Springfield, MO the summer of 2017 during our Boy Scout summer camp adventure as part of the Scout Camps On The Air program (SCOTA).  We made 154 HF contacts on 20m and 40m as WØW and had a great time!

Mobile operations is via an FT-891 putting 100w through an ATAS-120a antenna.  I also have an FTM-400DR in the car for 2m/70cm and APRS.

I am a member of the ARRL, the Wichita Amateur Radio Club and the TecNiChat Amateur Radio Club.  In 2017 I am serving the Wichita ARC as the Junior Director and am planning our ARRL Kids Day events.  I also enjoy working with the Wichita ARC as a VE for Laurel ARC VEC.  We have free test sessions every 2 months, visit www.warc1.org for details.  I also have VE credentials from the ARRL VEC.

One thing I really like doing is working with the Boy Scouts.  I volunteer with a local Boy Scout troop, where I serve as the Scoutmaster and am registered with the Quivira Council as a Radio Merit Badge counselor.  I like exposing the boys to amateur radio by taking radios on our campouts, helping with annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) events and any other opportunity I can take advantage of.  As a result of this, we had the entire troop earn their Radio merit badge in 2016, and one Scout went on to earn his Technician ticket (WØBBT).

Another group I just joined but already enjoy working with is the Butler County, Kansas CERT team.

What? You're still reading?  Ok, well some more history about me...

I'm a 4th generation Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite and Shriner.  I've been such for over 20 years now.  Numerous great uncles, uncles, cousins, and others were also members of the Craft.  Below is a picture of me with my dad and grandpa when I recieved my EA degree at Palestine Lodge #241 in St. Charles, MO (now St. Charles Lodge).  I was also fortunate to be later raised to the degree of MM by friends, family and some brothers from the Order of DeMolay.  

I was very active in DeMolay from age 13 to approximately 25 in the jurisdictions of Missouri and Kansas.  I am a PMC of St. Charles Chapter and served Missouri as State Master Councilor in 1999-2000.  In Kansas, I was a Chapter Dad for Rex M. Owens and later Excalibur Chapters.  I have received awards such as RD, PMC-MSA, DeMolay of the Year (Missouri, 1999), Missouri Masonic Youth Award (Missouri, 1999), the degree of Chevalier and Active Legion of Honor.

Some of my other hobbies include playing the Bagpipes.  I met a fabulous, talented, kind man named William who taught me to play.  I don't play as much as I used to, but I still enjoy playing when I get the chance.  I even take the pipes with me on campouts, the boys acutally want me to.  I play some tunes at lights out and for reveille.  Bagpipes and radios at camp.  That's me!


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