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Ron was first licensed January 7, 1963 as WN0ETV. Ron was living at Waynesville, Missouri at the time. Bill Bailey W0FNK (SK) administered Ron the Novice examination in October of 1962 at the age of 13. Ron continued his advancement in Amateur Radio with successfully taking/passing his license examinations administered by the FCC at a FCC regional field office, which included Morse code testing.  

  • The picture posted in the upper right corner is Ron in March of 1963 as WN0ETV using a Heathkit DX-20 on 40M CW.
  • Ron relocated to a community west of Saint Louis Missouri in May of 2006 after living in Georgia for over 30 years.

Primary HF SSB Station

  • IC-7851 and IC-7800
  • IC-PW1

Primary AM Station

  • Johnson Viking 500
  • HQ-180AC

ANTENNAS:

  • 40M - 6M beam (SteppIR 4E with DB32 upgrade) - picture is above
    • 2- elements on 40M
    • 2- elements on 30M,
    • 4- elements on 20M-10M,
    • 6- elements on 6M
    • Yaesu G-2800SDX rotor
    • Rohn 45G tower using Phillystran guying
  •  80M dipole
  •  Fritzel OCF Dipole

    I would like to acknowledge three very important people who assisted me with the tower/antenna project:

    K4EWG

  • Pete Rhodes, Professional Engineer {Civil Engineering}, for his professional engineering design and PE certified drawings required to be submitted to the city prior to approval of the project.

    W4WT  

  • Joe Spear, Feld Engineer and expert rigger; put up the Rohn 45G tower, assisted me assembling the SteppIR and put the antenna up on the tower.

     K0KDL

  • Ken Lowrance, Professional Engineer {Electrical Engineering}, for his professional PE engineering review/certification of the tower specifications, and assistance putting up the antenna..

RON'S BIO; Military and Civilian

  • Military:
  • Ron served his country in military service as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer "in country" in two wars;
    • Vietnam War as a Infantry rifle platoon leader; CO D, 1/501st Infantry Regiment, 2nd BDE, 101st Airborne DIV (AMBL)
    • Persian Gulf War Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a RAOC Task Force Commander with the 7th CORPS.
  • Ron attended many military schools and received specialized training in many areas while serving in the military.
    • Ron was certified by the U.S. Army Radio Telephone technical school at 25 WPM Morse code; 
      • Character groups of random alpha, numeric, and punctuation characters.
  • Ron's military officer commission was awarded/received at the United States Army Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft. Benning Georgia February 1970.
    • Upon receiving his Army Officer commission as an Infantry 2LT, Ron was selected as one of 5 OCS Infantry School graduates from the 96th Company, 9th OCS Battallion, to remain as a TAC Officer to train, evaluate, and supervise OCS Candidates in a rigorous 23 week OCS program.
    • A typical OCS Company would have an attrition rate up to 50%.  
  • Ron elected to retire from the military (USAR) with 21 years of military service.
  • The Lowrance family military history can be found at www.k4sx.com along with Ron's military bio and the Lowrance family tree going back to the original settlers in the US.

       MILITARY AWARDS, DECORATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (CIB)
  • BRONZE STAR MEDAL
  • AIR MEDAL
  • ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL
  • ARMY RESERVE COMPONENTS ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, with/BS
  • VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, with /2 BS
  • SW ASIA SERVICE MEDAL, with/3 BS
  • ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL
  • ARMY SERVICE RIBBON
  • OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON
  • REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL, w/60 device
  • SAUDI ARABIA MEDAL FOR LIBERATION OF KUWAIT
  • KUWAIT LIBERATION OF KUWAIT MEDAL
  • MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION, with OLC
  • REPUBLIC VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY, with/PALM
  • VIETNAMESE CIVIL ACTION CITATION
  • AIR ASSAULT QUALIFICATION
  • JUNGLE EXPERT CERTIFICATION; GRADUATED TOP 10%
  • WEAPONS QUALIFICATION:          EXP M-14 and 16 rifles; and SS .45 pistol
  • OVERSEAS SERVICE BARS:           3

  • Civilian Career:
  • Ron elected to retire from IBM June 30, 2015.  Ron was employed with IBM for over 38 years. Ron began his career with IBM in a technical position, Customer Engineer, responsible for technical support and maintenance of large mainframe systems & attached I/O.
  • Ron successfully held several senior level management positions with IBM both US and international assignments.
  • Ron's last executive level management position was Director, Sr. Project Executive, with executive level management and P&L responsibility within IBM Global Technology Services.

REMOTE OPERATION

Ron has the capability to operate a fixed station located at his QTH remotely, either via automobile or fixed location. The technology used is RemoteRig.

  • The station consists of a IC-706MK2G, IC-PW1, and a HF all-band Fritzel, connecting via the Internet using an Apple iPhone.
  • As a point of interest, when operating remotely using this technology, Ron signs his call with "remote" to denote the operation.
  • I would like to acknowledge Joe W4WT for his assistance in configuring and setting up my remote operation capability. 

MISSOURI DX/CONTEST CLUB

  • Ron is the Founder and Trustee of K0ETV
  • CQWW 160M CW - Asia - 2018 Plaque sponsor  https://www.cq160.com/plaques.htm

RON'S FAMILY

Ron's brother is an Amateur Radio operator, Ken K0KDL. Ron's father, Dean, was in Amateur Radio for many years.  

  • Dean K0LDL (SK), (ex-WA0CUY), was first licensed in 1962. 
  • Dean retired from the federal government as an electrician supervisor.
  • Dean, WWII veteran, served in the U.S.. Army Combat Engineers.
  • Dean's military bio can be found on Ron's webpage.  www.k4sx.com 
  • Dean received his BA degree from Columbia College. 
  • Dean was a Master Mason for over 50 years. Dean was also a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

Ron's mother, Carrol, is retired from the Missouri public education system where she spent her career as a teacher and later in her career as a Principal of an elementary school. Carrol received her BS from SMS and a MS from Drury College.  She is now living at the Lake of the Ozark in Missouri at her lake (water) front home.

Ron's brother, Ken K0KDL, is employed with AT&T as a Senior Telecommunications Voice Architect/Engineer.

  • Ken is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with multiple state certifications.
  • Ken graduated from Washington University in St.Louis with a BS in Electrical Engineering.
  • Ken is a certified project management professional (PMP).
  • Ken's station consists of a IC-756ProIII, IC-706MKIIg, Tarheel Mobile antenna model 100HP, and a Fritzel FD4 OCF.
  • In addition to ham radio Ken is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying his twin-engine plane.
  • Ken's wife Lynn has her Amateur license, KD0JVM.  Dr. Lynn Lowrance, EdD, is retired from the St.Louis County School System.
  • Ken's son Adam, K0LDL, received his PhD from UNC. Adam is married to Dr. Dyane Tower and they are now living at Lebanon, NH.

IN APPRECIATION

I would like to thank two very patient "Elmers" who sponsored me as a young teenager, provided much needed assistance, support, and encouragement in my early years of Amateur Radio. My appreciation and gratitude goes out to Bill K0DEW and my father K0LDL(sk). THANKS!

ARRL AFFILIATION

  • ARRL Maxim Society
  • ARRL Second Century Campaign
  • ARRL Diamond Club
  • ARRL Life Membership
  • ARRL A1 Operator Club
  • Assistant Director, ARRL Midwest Division (Missouri)
  • 2013 ARRL Midwest Division Convention board member
  • 2011 Midwest ARRL DX Convention board member

AWARD QUALIFICATION

  • DX Challenge
  • DXCC, (7 band)
  • DXCC (SSB, CW, RTTY)
  • WAZ, (SSB & CW)
  • WAC, (7 band)
  • 5BWAS
  • TRIPLE PLAY (WAS on SSB, CW, RTTY)
  • 160M WAS
  • VUCC, 6M
  • WPX, (SSB, CW, RTTY)
  • WPX Award of Excellence (w/endorsements)

GENERAL INFO

  • Visit Ron's Homepage at http://www.k4sx.com for pictures of his stations, biographies, and other Ham operators.
  • 10-10 Number: 13569
  • QCWA Number: 21239
  • CWops Life Member
  • President of the Missouri DX/Contest Club

QSL INFO

I prefer using LoTW.  If you wish to QSL direct please include an SASE.

 

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