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Born 1947 / Ham 1959


U.S. Navy veteran...  Saratoga (CVA60)1967-1969 USS L.Y. Spear (AS36)1970. Bob Jones University graduate BS Accounting, 20 years with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (Retired), then 15 years in banking industry (Retired). Wife is Terri who has absolutely no interest in ham radio, but likes seeing me have fun with it. 

 I became interested in ham radio when a co-worker of my father, who was a ham, communicated with his son who was a missionary in Peru South America on his home brew ham radio station! Seeing those finals glow blue as a young lad was all it took for me to become very interested in becoming a HAM! My dad also became a ham as result K9TYN then K4IIS. Biggest mistake I made some years ago was to sell my Collins S Line station because I needed the $...I should have starved, but didn't want to starve wife & kids...lol

UPDATE' NEWS FLASH!!!  In 2016 I re-acquired my Collins S Line station after a 18 year hiatus. As it turned out the equipment when purchased from me never got put on the air and was simply stored in a dry basement.  Collected a lot of dust, but all pieces powered up and appear to be working.  Some TLC and dust removal remediation was performed before firing up the station.  I couldn't be happier!!! 

However I purchased the following station January 2012:

Kenwood TS830s tranceiver; SP230 external speaker, AT240 antenna tuner; MC 50 mic and MFJ 422 electronic keyer. Put together 40 meter dipole center fed w/ rg8x up 25 feet with one leg a bit shorter than the other.(Struck by lightening June 2013 replaced with OCF Windom Dipol 6-80 Meters made by NU0R Maple Leaf Studio Antenna Co.) Picked up a Heathkit SB200 linear amp at 2012 Dayton Fest which was my first visit to the hamvention! I'm definitely going back! Had to replace the high voltage caps, but that was expected and not too expensive...approx $50.

Purchased an ICOM 7300 in Feb. 2017...I have a lot to learn regarding this new SDR technology that's for sure!  Love the compactness of the radio and the receiver filtering is tremendous compared to the old analog rigs.

I generally hang out on 20, 40 & 80 meters SSB & CW portions. I've enjoyed getting my cw proficiency back to the General level (13wpm)... Also have a Kenwood TM241A 2 meter rig with a Centerfire yagi which I use to rag chew with some local hams.

First rig as a novice was a Heathkit DX20 transmitter and AR3 receiver that my dad and I built together. Had two crystals and worked all states as KN9HAQ!

Terri and I have 12 grandchildren to date...When I'm not playing with ham stuff I'm teaching grandkids how to ski and other water sports (during summer months). Up until recently I flew a firestar ultralight aircraft for fun, but wasn't about to take anyone up for a spin...sold it and bought a Searay boat! (They are both black holes if you know what I mean...?) Update...traded Searay in for a Tritoon pontoon with a 220 hp Mercruiser IO so we can still pull the grandkids around the lake and enjoy all the water sports.  In addition, I also love to skydive, which is flying of a different sort! hihi/lol

On January 1, 2014 I bought a 2001 Jeep Wrangler TJ with an I6 engine and a Best Top softop...I'm sorry I didn't put a snow plow on it as the winter of 2014 was a bugger here.  Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Meyer Drive Pro 6'8" snow plow which I installed on Jeep in September 2014...!  LET IT SNOW!!!  

The Ultralight picture (my daughter labeled "I'm So Cool" was my first flying machine that I logged over 600 hours in before I upgraded to the Kolb Firestar which was built by a retired Eastern Airline pilot.  The first time he flew it he had a hard landing and severely bent the landing gear which he then replaced and immediately put the plane up for sale!  Apparently he couldn't make the transition from heavy metal to an ultralight...I purchased the plane and flew it for several years logging over 900 hours... 

I'm assuming that we had a QSO hence the reason you looked me up on QRZ.com... Thanks for the FB QSO, hope to catch you later down the log.

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