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I am a retired Lutheran elementary school teacher/principal enjoying ham radio and being a house spouse. My wife is also a retired teacher so we are out and about a lot. In the early '70s, I volunteered for the U.S.. Marine Corps and served four years, nine months, twenty-six days, thirteen hours, fifty-six minutes and some odd seconds during President Ford's administration. My primary training was as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6E Intruder aircraft and I accumulated 425 hours of flight time. I was honorably discharged from the Corps with the rank of Captain.  Due to severe osteo-arthritis, CW and typing are nearly imposible.  So, for PSK31 communications, I mainly use the macros with oppologies to the ham radio purists.  Also, PSK31, FT-8, and JT65 have taken the place of CW for me.  As of June, 2017, I have made 70 trips around the sun and my wife and I have been holding hands for the last 43 of those trips.  Finely, I have been relicensed since 10-28-2008 and earned my Extra Class on 01-27-2009.  In another life, another place, and another time (i.e., late '60s and early '70s), I was known as WB0CLF.  Then, I went silent for 30 years due to life's changes and challenges.  At one time or another, I have enjoyed scuba diving, fishing, hunting, recreational target shooting, and photography as hobbies.

The picture above is of our QRM cats.  Annie is in the forground and Harley to the rear.  My wife and I are the proud support staff for this pair of felines.  They are quite intertaining and full of supprising behavors.  They are always wondering why there are little people in the speaker boxes.  When I am working a net or a contest, either one or the other (or both) will strut accross my radio bench demanding my attention. 

I enjoy trading QSL cards. I like to do it directly with paper cards--just send your card and I'll respond with a card. No SASE envelope needed. I have set up an eQSL account so I can receive and send electronic QSL's. I will print out the QSL's for my paper collection. Due to the rise of the USPS rates and living on a fixed income, I have to limit my mailings. If you want a paper card, just email me with your request and I'll drop one into the USPS mail system for you. I will send out eQSL's first and send out paper QSL's if requested.

I am active on 2Ms in the Chicagoland area including being net control for a couple of 2M FM nets. I am able to work about 15 2M FM machines.  I have a dedicated 2M FM station consisting of an Yaesu FT-2900r mobile rig as a base station.  I play with 2M SSB and digital modes as well with my Icom IC-7100.  My 2M SSB/Data antenna system is a pair of phased, KB6KQ loops mounted 30 feet high.  My 2M FM antenna is an Hustler G6-144b mounted at 36 feet.

On the HF bands, I have confirmed contacts in all 50 states and over 45 countries.  My main modes of operation are JT-65-HF, FT-8, and PSK31 digital modes.  I am mainly found on the 40M, 20M, & 15M digital locations with a visit every now and then on the 10M locations.  I also check into some of the HF SSB nets as time permits.  Plus, I am a VE for two ham radio clubs in the Chicagoland area.

My base station HF rig is an Icom IC-7100 radio.  I use this rig to do all my activity on the HF bands.  I employ the MFJ-993b, Intellituner to match the rig to the antenna.  My digital setup includes a SignaLink USB inferface and a Dell mini-laptop (WIN-10) utilizing Fldigi software for PSK31 and the latest WSJT-X software (v1.8.0-rc2) for FT-8 & JT65-HF.  My HF antenna is an Alpha-Delta DX-EE dipole. The DX-EE is mounted on the side of the chimney with the apex at 25 feet in an inverted "V" configuration.

The station power supply​ is a 75 Ah marine, deep charge, SLA (AGM type) battery and an MFJ-4245MV Switching power supply. The 12 volt system is managed with West Mountain Radio Super PWRgate PG40S.  The power is distributed through a RIGrunner 4005 also by West Mountain Radio. The system is monitored by a Turnigy 130A Precision Watt Meter and Power Analyzer.  The whole station is 12 (13.8) volt based and this setup will power the station for up to 24 hours.  The station laptop can be powered by the 12 volt setup.  I have used power pole connectors through out the station. 

My portable/qrp station ​is made up of an Yaesu FT-817ND feeding a HardRock-50 power amp with a built in auto tuner.  I am able to work SSB, JT65, FT-8, and PSK31 modes. I can go from less than 5 watts qrp to 45 watts out to the antenna.  I have a collection of 12 volt SLA-AGM batteries totalling 28 Ah with a solar panal set generating 46 watts controlled by a Bubbiploe POWERmini charge contoller.  I have collected a BuddyPole antenna system, an Alex mag-loop antenna, plus a few other portable antennas.  I use my base station Dell mini-laptop in the field with the software mentioned above. The laptop is interfaced with the FT-817 through a SignaLink USB interface.  I operate portable in the local forest preserves, county parks, and church parking lots.


View of my base station antenna system

This is a view of my antenna setup.  The 36 foot mast and coax cables are secured to the 25 foot chimney.  The Alpha Delta DX-EE is configured as an Inverted V with the apex at 25 feet.  The phased pair of KB6KQ loops mounted at the 30 feet level with the Hustler G6-144b vertical mounted on top of the mast at 36 feet. 



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KC9OMS
Latest Contacts for KC9OMS at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K3HSK 2017-08-28 20m JT65 FN11tx United States DAVID LaBarre
K9MDI 2017-08-28 20m JT65 EM12rv67 United States Mark A Wells
AF5MR 2017-08-28 20m JT65 EM13nb United States George W Greene
KC3ARN 2017-08-28 20m JT65 FM19PB69 United States John R Beninghove Jr
VE2FON 2017-08-28 20m JT65 FN04JM76 Canada Robert Fournier
KB3AAY 2017-08-28 20m JT65 FM19lk United States RONALD D BURKHOLDER
CP6CL 2017-08-28 20m JT65 FH82jf Bolivia JOSE CARLOS LEON ORTEGA
N4TUR 2017-08-28 20m JT65 EL96ep United States ROY S YAWN
KL7SK 2017-08-28 20m JT65 CN87na United States ARTHUR R TAYLOR JR
KK6FTD 2017-08-27 20m JT65 CM87wt United States Daniel J Spisak

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