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CW CONTESTING, DX'ING , and QSK rag chewing on cw. Developed a passion for cw during my novice years in the early 70's. In the 90's ran QRP and LP in the SSCW Contest.  I like building and repairing electronics,& experimenting with antenna's. Maintain the 146.82mhz repeater in Shreveport,La. Graduated from college and worked as petroleum geologist till 90's. Changed careers and did something I have wanted to do since I got into radio. I became the chief operator for KWKH AM/FM broadcast stations. KWKH was the home of the La Hayride, where Elvis Presley got his start in the 50's. TX Site put in before WW2, 3- 5/8w phased verticals 400' tall! I currently work in railroad communications performing VHF,UHF, & Microwave maintenance and repair.

Enjoy WW2 Air Force/Naval history (See "The W5E for Eighth Story"). 10 years ago, I rode on the last flying WW2 B24 (The "WitchCraft") for an hour. A relative was shot down in one while flying his 9th mission over Germany in WW2.  (Update!! WitchCraft came back in March 2011,-He was offered a free ride-he took it @ 89 yrs old- made TV news) 


HF antenna is a Sommer XP 807 log yagi antenna. What an antenna! Not for the casual ham to put together and tune. Only up 42' but pulls in the DX! My other HF antenna is an 80m loop, up 70ft , fed with 300 ohm ladder line and a DX Eng 6:1 current balun.

Summer, 2008- I had a great time working the ZF1A contest station as ZF2SI while vacationing on Grand Cayman Island.

Summer, 2009- 2 wk vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. Operated KH6BB on the USS Missouri @ Pearl Harbor, and was a guest op @ KH7Y on the Big Isl. Great time! An experience to hear the sigs from Fred's great QTH over there!

Summer, 2010-  2 week DX/vacation as PJ7/K5SL from the Dutch side of Sint Maarten. I made around 1900 QSO's when not snorkeling or seeing the island. Hope I work'd you.   2.2 lbs of PJ7/K5SL cards went to ARRL Outgoing Buro on 04/09/12 Be Patient...All were DX cards to Europe.

May, 2011 Fred, KH7Y came to visit me in La - ate crawfish, and then we went to Dayton Hamfest. Had a great time!

Vacationed @  KP2 in Sept, 2014..St. John's in V.I. had some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Made a scuba dive at an old NASA astronaut weightless training area!

Sept, 2015 operated from Taino Beach, Grand Bahamas. Made 436 QSO's as C6ASL, and 11 scuba dives, a few at "Shark Ally"..  and one 95' dive to the "Sea Star" wreck.  QSL via K5SL not K5GS!!!! 

 Many tks to Alberto,XF3PAS for his help in scuba certification while on vacation in Sept 2013. Now after 4 years, I have logged 44 dives- in such places as St.Thomas VI,  Bahamas, Belize,  and Cozumel. In 2016, after Hamcom in Irving,TX,   I jumped on plane & went back for week in  Cozumel for 8 great dives. Swam thru the C53 WW2 mine sweeper, and visited with Alberto again.  Great video of diving this wreck     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgbmh5s8dxE

Oct 2017 -8 more dives with Alberto XF3PAS in Cozumel..(Ran mobile in his car after dives!)

I still enjoy watching the sun come up, while hunting or fishing in the woods and lakes of Louisiana.  A new fun interest,  7 years ago, I have put up 3 bat houses in my back yard for mosquito control.  I have counted  over 1000 bats coming out at dusk. . May like this video when some came out mid day to cool off.                      


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K5SL
Latest Contacts for K5SL at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
N9ZYL 2015-10-20 17m SSB EN52un United States JOHN E MELCHER
HV0A 2014-08-30 30m CW JN61FV Vatican FRANCESCO VALSECCHI
HS0ZEE 2013-07-03 17m CW NK98mm Thailand Sheridon Keith Street
XE1B 2013-05-15 20m SSB EK09jh Mexico OP MARCOS AKA MARK
A61Q 2013-05-11 17m CW LL75sj United Arab Emirates M.H.Abdullah Alblooshi
KB5WMY 2012-08-20 160m CW EM32dm United States CARL D MC NAIR
H44USMC 2012-08-07 20m SSB QI90xn Solomon Islands Ralph Kluge
A61Q 2012-05-19 15m CW LL75sj United Arab Emirates M.H. ABDULLAH
W5SUM 2012-05-17 2m FM EM32cj United States ROLAND E HULL, JR
7Z1HL 2012-05-13 17M CW LL34jr Saudi Arabia HERIBERT LENNERTZ
5T0JL 2012-03-30 40m CW IK28ac Mauritania Jean J. Lewuillon
PJ7PT 2012-03-06 17m CW JJ00aa St Martin PJ7PT Team Sint Maarten
N5IOO 2012-03-01 15m CW EM32dm United States JAMES S PROTHRO, SR
KF6GC 2012-02-21 20m CW CM95qk United States O W SMITH

Book Totals: 34 qso's   14 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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