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I was 1st licensed in 1966 at age 13 as WN1JIO, and later upgraded and changed to WA1PSJ. I was married in 1973, and have four grown children, none of which are hams. My wife Merlene is also a ham (KA1EMK). I taught shop/Industrial Arts in the local middle school for 33 years, retiring in 2008. I have operated a small part time business in two way radio for fire, police, and rescue personel since 1979, and also have a commercial RadioTelephone license with radar endorsement. My wife & I have 9 grandchildren, and they all live close by. One daughter has no children yet, so there may be more to come. I am hoping a few of them will become interested in electronics, and/or other mechanical areas, as well as ham radio. I have been a RTTY contester since about 2000, and also dabble in other contests, such as VHF & SSB (also one cw test), but RTTY is my first love, dating back to the old model 15, etc., mechanical TTY machines. My dad got me interested in ham radio (W1FEE/Spoke), and my uncle (W1WYE/Paul) & my older brother (W1UTD/Vince) were also hams that influenced me.

I have been having a ball designing & building a lot of my equipment, now that I have the time (& a little money!) I own & operate a local 2-meter repeater (146.730) that has been on the air since the late 70's, and in 2010, built a very small portable repeater with both 2m & 450mc dual receive and 2m Tx. It was designed to be very energy efficient for emergency portable EmComm use. In 2011, I completed designing & building a portable radio system for emergency deployment &/or field day. It's a dualband/crossband FM radio, an Icom IC-703+ QRP HF & 6m radio, and a public service band scanner all in one compact unit in a travel case with wheels & a handle. It has it's own internal battery, 25amp switching power supply, power gate battery switch-over unit and a 5 position Rig-Runner power distribution strip. It has a solar charge controller & 48w panel, plus a digital interface for my RTTY, PSK, SSTV, etc. I had a ball with it on Field day 2011, making 3oo SSB contacts on 10 & 15M, and most of those contacts were from running, and a few S&P. What a blast!

I have also built many, many units for fox hunting, including the fox, but sad to say, even with a vehicle doppler, I have never come in 1st! I have designed & built an SO2R controller for contesting that makes operating 2 radios much more fun, and I have many more "kits" on the shelf, awaiting time to be built. (Collect the parts, put them in a box, and wait for the right time!)

I didn't get to do a lot of hamming & building when the kids were growing up, but I sure am making up for it now!!

Main console of my home station (IC-756ProII, IC-746Pro, MFJ-434B Voice Keyer, MFJ-616 Speech Intelligibility Enhancer, headset/hand mic select)

 

My portable radio system (IC-2350 dual-band FM, IC-703+ QRP, RS Scanner, MFJ Mity-Lite 25amp switching supply, digital interface)

 

My SO2R controller for dual radio contesting.

 

Inside of SO2R controller.

 

Front view of my PRHT-600 portable repeater, capable of dual receive (at the same time-mixed audio), with 2M ourput.

 

Inside view of PRHT-600 portable repeater.  Note pc board in upper left corner. (This is a recycled voice module from a recordable greeting card!)

 

Inside bottom view of controller circuits.  Power supply on left, COR/timer/tail in center, ID timer/controller lower right, local audio amp upper right.

 

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