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I was first licensed (KN8SQS) in February 1960 and got my General ticket in February 1961. I lived in Detroit, MI. I moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 1973 and obtained the call sign W0PAI. My last contact in Colorado was in April 1981. Other than a brief time operating locally on 2-meters, I didn't operate again until August 14, 2015 from my home in Creswell, OR (moved to Oregon in 1995). I, therefore, wasn't on the air for OVER 34 YEARS! Before getting back on the air I applied for and received my original call sign - K8SQS. I run a Yaesu FT-450D through an LDG YT-1200 Autotuner into a Hustler 4-BTV trap vertical disguised as a flagpole (See picture at bottom - neighborhood antenna restrictions).

I've always enjoyed CW (SKCC # 14778) but was never very fast. My original goal was to get my code speed back up to at least 15 WPM, but I only made 32 contacts (the last one on 7/27/16) before I got hooked on digital. In a little over 15 months I made 108 PSK31 contacts. I tried to chat with the keyboard but most of those I contacted just wanted to exchange basic information using macros so I lost interest. Then I discovered JT65! I got really hooked! Since my first contact on 6/10/17 I've made 445 contacts in 23 countries. I only operate on 20 and 40 Meters running 25 watts using a Signalink USB to a Toshiba laptop computer. So, the picture of me in the upper corner of this web page with a mike in my hand is out of date and I need to change it. That mike isn't even connected anymore and I'm not sure where it is. I also occasionally operate on the local 2-Meter repeaters using a RadioShack HTX-252 and an Arrow Antenna OSJ146/440 open stub J-pole that is inside the shack leaning against a wall. On those very few occasions that I operate on 2 Meters there is a mike in my hand.

The picture on the left is of my station all ready to go and waiting for the arrival of the Novice License. The transmitter is a Johnson Viking Adventurer that I built from a kit and the receiver is a National SW-54. The QSL cards in view were obtained as an SWL. The picture on the right was taken in 1961 in a motel room in Newberry, Michigan. I was now a General Class ham and my parents were very understanding and let me take all that stuff with us on a road trip from Detroit to northern Michigan. (We had a 1960 Chevy Parkwood station wagon which was BIG!) I still had the SW-54 but it was upgraded with a Heathkit Q-Multiplier. The Viking Adventurer had been traded for a Globe Scout and Heathkit VF-1 VFO. I used a random length of wire that ran out a motel room window and up into a tree. 

A passion even greater than amateur radio is building and flying experimental aircraft. This is my current aircraft, an RV-6A. It took me 9 years to build it and I made the first flight on October 20, 2001. It now has over 1,400 hours on it. It flies great and is capable of aerobatic flight. My wife and I do aileron rolls on the way to breakfast. She says that on the way to eat is OK. After eating I'm limited to straight and level and gentle turns! 


Here is my station on 03/06/2017. The stuff on top are strictly for display. On the left is a 160 meter-rig and power supply that I built in 1961. On the right is a Drake phone patch I used during the Vietnam era on the MARS network to patch servicemen to their loved ones in the Detroit area. The red radio is an Admiral Model 582 and was my first transistor radio (1957 I believe). It still works! Underneath it is a prototype "ramp metering" traffic signal controller that I built when I was in college and working part-time for the Michigan Department of State Highways (MDSH) in Detroit. It could very well be the first signal controller of its type built anywhere in the world. From that prototype, the Texas Transportation Institute, who was leasing an MDSH research facility where I worked, had production units built that were used to "meter" eight on-ramps of Detroit's John Lodge Freeway. This was the very first ramp metering project in the USA which I believe happened in 1965.

On the shelf above the laptop is a first day of issue letter commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL (behind the clock radio). Between the clock radio and the speaker is the SignaLink USB unit. Next to the laptop is a Heathkit Model HD-10 keyer that I built in 1965 and serves as my primary key. Sitting above the Astron power suppy is the YT-1200 Autotuner, and sitting above that is a Pace 5403A SWR Bridge/power meter/field strength meter (circa 1985), The shelf above the Yaesu 450D holds my RadioShack HTX-252 2- meter transceiver. On top of it is a K8SQS sign provided free of charge from Mosley Antennas when I got my Novice ticket in 1960 (Yes, it came with an "N" that I used until I got the General.). On the far right is an Admiral Clipper SW receiver that I got around 1960 and was my first shortwave radio. On the right side of the desk is a "Double-Nickel" two-paddle key designed by Rick Rogers (K5RCR) that appeared in the January 2016 issue of QST. I love it!

Here is my Hustler 4-BTV "hidden" inside of a 2" PVC "flagpole.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K8SQS
Latest Contacts for K8SQS at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KE4HTS 2018-01-16 20m JT65 FM07WV94 United States Darryl W Youngblood
KE7CCR 2018-01-16 40m JT65 DN54OS81 United States Harley W Wassink
W7AII 2018-01-16 40m JT65 DM26if United States Gerald R Earl
KM4ZDV 2018-01-11 20m JT65 EL88SB08 United States Robert E Mihalcin
VE3FMC 2018-01-11 40m JT65 EN92ks Canada Richard Paul Peterson
KC9MEG 2018-01-10 20m JT65 EN52TI49 United States Dennis C Blaha
N2US 2018-01-10 20m JT65 FN20ne United States STANLEY J IAROSIS
KD0K 2018-01-09 20m JT65 EN33tx United States LOREN M KRUEGER
KB7AA 2018-01-09 20m JT65 DM42md United States GERALD P WINDER
W2RWM 2018-01-09 20m JT65 FN30IR15 United States Robert W McLeod
AB4QS 2018-01-09 20m JT65 EL88wb United States MICKEY R CAIN
WB8WOB 2018-01-08 20m JT65 EN91pi United States WILLIAM L EDWARDS JR
KS0USA 2018-01-08 20m JT65 EM29da United States DONALD G PALMER
WA4WW 2018-01-08 20m JT65 EL98oj United States PORTER G CUMMINGS
K8ZAP 2018-01-06 20m JT65 EN72VV06 United States Robert G Crawford

Book Totals: 686 qso's   291 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#7466
Granted: 2017-10-04 22:48:02   (K8SQS)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#17182
Granted: 2017-10-02 18:16:01   (K8SQS)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
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