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My name is Don and I am 66 years old. I got interested in ham radio through a science teacher in 5th grade. I then got my dad interested and he got his ham license first, WA9GIU. I was first licensed in 1961 as a novice, WN9GSO. I later upgraded to a Technican and spend many enjoyable years during my youth on 6 Meters AM. I operated homebrew equipment and would spend hours playing chess over the air!

I went on to study electronics in a 2 year college and got an AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology and also got an FCC First class Radio Telephone license. I worked for several years in Electronics and got the 2 Meter FM bug while working for a business radio company. My first 2M rig was an RCA CarPhone, a tube rig with a dynamotor, running 100 watts!

I got married in 1971, and now have two adult daughters and three grandsons. When the family was young I left the electronics field and became a deputy sheriff (that is a very long story). The demands of being a young police officer, going back to school for two more degrees, and working part-time to supplement the meger income of a police officer, didn't leave any time or money for ham radio.

I let my WA9GSO call expire but got interested again and got an advanced license, WA9GRI. I worked in law enforcement for 12 years and got promoted to a Sergeant. One of my job responsiblities was managing the Sheriff's Department's radio operation and the dispatch center. Computer software was just coming out that automated the dispatch center, called Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD). I ended up leaving law enforcement to take a job selling CAD systems. I recently retired from Intergraph Corporation, which is the industry leader in CAD systems for large public safety agenices.

I have many other interests in addition to ham radio. My wife and I are very active in outdoor activities. The home QTH is a log home on a secluded lake in south-eastern Wisconsin. We are active in boating and kayaking. We also own a log cabin in North Eastern Wisconsin and love the winters up "North". I am active in snowmobiling, cross country skiing and downhill skiing. My wife and I also love snowshoeing. I am very active in archery and belong to several archery clubs. I shoot a recurve bow, which is also good for putting up wire antennas!

Since I used to travel a lot from my job and to the cabin, I set up my station so that I could operate it over the Internet. The station here consists of a Kenwood TS480HX (200 watts), into an LDG AT-1000 Pro IIAutotuner, and the antenna is a Carolina Windom (Radioworks 40LP). For internet operation I run HRD for rig control, and a WaveNode power/swr display, both of which run on a dedicated HP Quad Core PC. I use Teamviewer for remote access to my desktop, and Skpe for the audio. I use a DVB-T dongle with an upconverter for an SDR panadapter.

I have built a homebrew 1KW watt solid state, auto bandswitching amplifier, using (4) SD2933  FET's. The amplifer is based on the Motorola's EB104 design but has a new printed circuit board that was designed by K9FV and myself.

Since the photo of my home QTH was taken we had a very serious storm with straight line winds over 120 mph and it took down many of the large trees that you see in the photo, including the two hickory trees that were supporting my Carolina Windom! We had to use a 120 foot crane to take the trees of the roof of the house. A couple of weeks later I was able to get back on the air. I have the Windom back up but not as high.

After I retired in 2014, I started building a second station at our cabin in Townsend, WI. Townsend is in the middle of a large National Forest, Chequamegon-Nicolet.  Townsend is in the Nicolet portion of the Forest, which has over 660,000 acres.  There we have a log cabin on 6 acres of white pines, which back up to the Nicolet National Forest.  Our cabin is the last private structure before you are totally surrounded by the National Forest.  It is located on a gravel road that in the Winter is primarily maintained as a snowmobile trail.  

I continue to grow the station at the cabin, so that when my wife and I elect to down-size, I will always have a ham station that I can operate. All I will need is an Internet connection.  The station at the cabin has an Elecraft K3/10, which is driving a homebrew 1KW solid state linear.  I developed an amplifier control using an Arduino Mega, which allows me to read the K3 serial band data and also to communicate with a desktop application that I wrote in Visual Studio.  This gives me total control of the amplifier over the Internet.  I have a tilt-over Rohn 25 tower with an NA4RR hex beam and it also supports a fan dipole for 80/40 in an inverted vee configuration.




The photo above was taken when I was using a KX3, which has now been replaced with a K3.

Since I now have a better station at the cabin, most of my hamming is done from there, whether I am physically at the cabin or operating the station remotely over the Internet.





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