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The name here is Bill and my QTH is Enid OK, about 70 miles NW of Oklahoma City, 40 miles south of the Kansas border, on the old Chisholm (longhorn cattle) Trail.

Quick bio: My wife and I, both born in Enid, attended Oklahoma State University (1958-63). Then after a two-year military assignment (US Army-AIS/CI) in Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN we stayed an additional 30 years and raised four kids.  I was an ad agency copywriter specializing in business-to-business advertising. In 1997 the nest emptied and we moved back to Enid.

CW is A-1, aye? I work all HF CW bands, mainly listening for CQs, hoping for a rambling rag-chew at any speed up to, say, 25 WPM.  I am usuallly hammering on a straight key of some sort, eager to swap SKCC and FISTS numbers,  Contests are great---for about 30 minutes. And DX is…interesting.   Also active in the Enid ham club. (Visit www.enidarc.org)

I am still using the trusty IC-718 with an AH-4 auto-coupler I bought in late-2006 when I reclaimed my license—and my original call sign—after 45 years QRT.  My 150-foot inverted-L antenna is actually a vertical loop.  From the tuner at ground level, the aerial wire goes up 43 feet to the top of my west mast, then runs horizontal 107 feet to the top of the east mast. Also from the tuner, a 150-foot heavy copper ground wire goes underground to the base of the east mast, then up to the top of it.

I have a Kenwood 570-D down in the "fraidy hole." (That's an underground storm shelter to you folks outside the tornado belt.) The antenna for this rig could be a CF dipole, Windom or sloper.  I change regularly. Wire antennas are fun.

By the way, my Novice rig was a Heathkit AT1 25-watt transmitter attached directly by a single bare wire to an original Windom antenna. (SWR...whazzat?) Plus a Hallicrafters S38C receiver that would tune an entire CW band---all at once!  But it was Solar Cycle #19, circa 1958, so just about anything worked for a QSO.

PHOTOS: (L) K5ECI with an 1893 Cherokee Strip homesteader who could have been my grandfather. The sculpture is in Enid's Government Springs Park, once a watering hole on the old Chisholm Trail. (C-L) If you have worked another "Bill in Enid," that would probably be W5EIY, on left in orange vest.  We are at the annual Cherokee Strip parade.   (C-R) A mirror view of K5ECH at the wheel of his Model-T; K5ECI with camera.  Phil and I got our Novice tickets together in 1956. Note: Don't try to use mobile gear in a "T." The ignition coil QRN wipes out every signal around. (R) My summertime SWR monitor,"Cueso," atop the east mast of my inverted-L.  A Mississippi Kite is a good bug-catcher but the roof of my storage shed 30 feet below looks like a paintball target. This mast also supports a 20M CF dipole, a 30M CF dipole, and a 53-ft sloper.




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