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I was born in Oklahoma City in 1946. I played with my parents radios, usually rendering them in-operative, from an early age. I was first licensed in 1963 as WN5FTP, and got WA5FTP the same year. I was never very active. I earned Amateur Extra in 1970, and received K5RA in 1974.

I worked in the defense systems business after getting out of the Army Signal Corps in 1972.  In Feb 2013, I passed 40 years with Electrospace Systems, Inc., Chrysler Electrospace, Raytheon E-Systems, Raytheon Systems Co., and Raytheon Company (each company subsumed the previous one). They've been pretty good to me, and I have almost always had interesting work and good co-workers. I've engineered systems for 15 kHz through 40 GHz, with powers from -140dBmW to +50dBW. I retired from that in March 2013. 

I like CW (though I am not especially good at it), and belong to the FISTS club. I like contests, because there are lots of different stations to work. I enjoy building and repairing electronics and antennas. With the help of D&S Crane and several friends, my tower and beams went up in 2:05 hours (the 44 tons of concrete was already in the ground). In the picture, the full-size 2L40 is at 82 ft, and the C31-XR is at 95 ft. There is a sloping vertical for 80m with 72 radials. I shunt feed the tower with six radials for 160m. Ground conductivity in NTx is high, so verticals are the way to go for low bands. My main rig is an Elecraft K-3/P-3/W-2 and Ameritron AL-82. I recently added LoTW to direct and buro as QSL methods.

I like writing technical and general interest articles. QST and QCWA have printed a couple of things of mine.

I like to work on towers. My first tower job after coming to North Texas in 1973 was a 120 ft Rohn 25 tower with a 4L20M beam that I fixed about 11 PM one night at a local contest station. The tallest thing I ever climbed was the Harbor Bridge in Sydney Australia (you pay to do that). I went up 350 ft on a 900 ft commercial tower one Sunday morning for a local club's repeater project. Any tower. Any time.

My ham radio goal is to achieve the 5BWAZ award. After five years of procrastinating, I submitted my DX4WIN log to ARRL LoTW 01 July 2013, applied for DXCC 02 July, and received certificates for DXCC mixed, phone, CW, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80m, and for 5BDXCC in the mail 08 July.  The 5BDXCC plaque came 16 July. The ARRL DXCC shop did an outstanding job for me! 

I am a member of the ARRL (50+ years), Richardson (TX) Wireless Klub, North Texas Contest Club, Lone Star DX Assn, FISTS, QCWA, and OOTC.

I am grateful to Charles Harp (W5ICC - SK), Richard C. Fenwick (K5RR), Lynn Schriner (W5FO - SK), and many others who have assisted me in pursuing our wonderful hobby.

See you in the pile-ups!

 

de K5RA

K5RA@ARRL.NET

 

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REV: 2013-07-17 1519Z

 

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