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I go by my middle name: Joe

Ham Radio today...

Current Equipment List:

ICOM IC-730 HF All Band Transceiver(6/2011)

ICOM ID-31A D-Star 70cm  Handheld Transceiver (2017)

TYT MD-380 DMR Handheld Transceiver (2017)

REALISTIC HTX-100 10-Meter SSB/CW Mobile Transceiver (9/2011)

Alinco DR-610 VHF/UHF Mobile Transceiver(2/2012)

Alinco DR-610T VHF/UHF Mobile Transceiver(11/2013, Hamfest Purchase for Go-Box)

Kenwood TR-9130 2m All-Mode Transceiver (2/2012)

Kenwood TR-751A 2m All-Mode Transceiver (6/2013) (for my G0-Box)

ADI-200 VHF Handheld with Tiny Trak 4 (APRS) (2010 / 11) (now used as a Fox Hunt Transmitter)

ADI-201 VHF Handheld (9/2011)

ADI-401 UHF Handheld (11/2011)

Yaesu FT-2800 2m mobile (3/2010)

Yaesu VX-8R Handheld with Speaker Mic and GPS (2/2010)

Yaesu VX-8DR Handheld (6/2010)

Yaesu FT-100D Transceiver, Mobile DX Master, all band/all mode (2015)

Yaesu FT-100D Transceiver, Mobile DX Master, all band/all mode (2016)

Kenwood TK-931 900MHz Mobile (2013)

Kenwood TK-981 900MHz Mobile (2013)

Kenwood TR-751A, 2m, all mode Transceiver (2014)

Kenwood TS-450S HF Transceiver, 10-160, (2016)

Motorola GTX 900 HT (900MHz) (11/2013)

Motorola GTX 900 Mobile (900MHz) (2013)

Motorola MaxTrac and Radius VHF and UHF (multiple radios) (2013)

Baofeng UV-5r Dual Band VHF/UHF HT (2013) Purchased two of these for projects.

Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier (2016)

APRS: I have really enjoyed this quite a bit and decided to put up my 1st Digipeater and I-Gate/Digi. After a few mis-configurations, both were up and running on UHF in the KC area.

MFJ 1270 TNC, Byonics TinyTrak 4, TNC-X, TinyTrak 3, Xastir Software on a Ubuntu Linux computer.

Antenna's & Tuners:

LDG Electronics YT-100 Automatic Antenna Tuner ,  MFJ-948 Antenna Tuner, MFJ - 941B Antenna Tuner and 20m and 40m homebrew inverted dipole antennas. (6/2011), 12-15-17m Inverted Fan Dipole (homebrew), 2m/70cm Homebrew Yagi for LEO Satellites, 2m Tape measure Yagi for Fox Hunting, 2m Copper J-Pole (homebrew), 70cm Copper J-Pole (homebrew), 2m/70cm Open Stub J-Pole (homebuilt)

I really enjoy building antenna's, and like the challenge to tuning them for optimum performance.

Digital Mode Operations:

Signal Link USB (10/2011)


AC Log 3.0, Ham Radio Deluxe with Digital Master 780, Digipan, MMTTY, MMSSTV, FL-DIGI w/FL-MSG

Previously owned equipment:

KENWOOD TS-130S HF Transciever (2/2012) Backup Radio & Projects (sold to a friend 2013)

ICOM IC-730 HF All Band Transceiver (2/2012) Backup Radio

What I have been doing in HAM RADIO:

[2017] After research and getting assistance from Joe (KA3NAM), The WA0RC D-Star repeater is back on the air and linked to the internet for gateway linking. In order to fully test the system, I borrowed an ICOM ID-31A from my friend John (N0YRL). Being totally new to D-Star, I have learned a lot about the system and how to make it work with the ircDDB system.

The next project actually began at the end of 2016. Now Joe (KA3NAM) and I are putting a 2m DMR repeater on the air. I hope to have this up and running by the end of February 2017.  Move details to come.

[2015 - 2016] Were very busy times in Ham Radio. Our 900MHz repeater was moved to a Raspberry Pi controller system after a failure of the original computers hard drive, loss of the battery in the UPS, and the display module on the repeater receiver. Repairs were made, the controller upgraded with the Raspberry Pi, and back on the air she went.

At the end of 2016, I became the Trustee of the WA0RC (Waypoint Amateur Radio Club) D-Star repeater system which had been off the air for a while due to a computer failure. After multiple attempts to put the repeater back on the air with the Icom G2 software, it was decided to move the controller to the ircDDBGateway software running on a Raspberry Pi.

[March 2014] Our 900MHz repeater is up and running with the XIPAR Allstart node software on node 28073 and is linkable with internet access. We have changed the repeater frequency from 902/927.5250MHz to the new frequency of 902/927.0375MHz to eliminate some of the wideband noise nearby. 

[December 2013] Changes out my Digipeater KD0JWD-5 in Olathe, KS from a Tinytrack 4 system to a Raspberry-PI with a TNCx-PI. Implemented the I-Gate functions since internet access is now available. Another cool project. At some time in the future, I am considering putting a weather station onsite with the APRS.

[November 2013] Working together with Joe-KA3NAM we put up a 900MHz repeater in Olathe, KS. The repeater was first put into operation as a simplex repeater. In January 2014 the repeater was upgraded to full duplex. Next phase is to get the repeater on the AllSTAR link at node 28073. This has been a fun project and hope it services the area well for years to come.

[October 13th, 2012] Passed the EXTRA Class Exam.... now the bands are open to radio...

[November 2011] : Now I am operating on the DIGITAL MODES....PSK31, PSK63, PSK125, MFSK16, RTTY. What a blast... 10m, 17m, 20m, 40m.... DX'ing is now becoming more interesting...and I have a greater interest in trying to make contacts outside the US... what fun it is.... Now I need to work on figuring out SSTV since I have all the tools needed to get it to work.

[ pre - September 2011] : I didn't have a lot of gear before I recently obtained the IC-730, so i decided to make the best of what I had available to me. After getting my Technician ticket,1/8/2010, I picked up a Yaesu VX-8R. Then I picked up my General ticket a weekafter getting my Tech....but did not havean HF rig (update: picked up IC-730 6/2011). I have also picked up a 2m mobile for my vehicle.

Since the range of the 2m and 70cm is short, and I wanted some long distance QSO's (before my HF rig). I decided to start using amateur satellites to extend the range of my QSO's. I talked to a friend who was working the satellites from his QTH and decided I could build a dual band yagi and work the satellites from my VX-8R in a handheld mode of operation. So, I downloaded YagiCad, designeda 4 element 2m and a 7 element 70cm dual band Yagi. It took me about 4 hours to build it. I took the antenna to work, put it on a spectrum analyzer andtuned it up with the Gamma Match. The first satellite I tried to make contact on was AO-51 (Echo), I was able to here it during the pass....but it was so busy, I was not able to get in to get a QSO. My first contact came several days later when I made a contact in Montana on SO-50. From that moment, Ihave beenhooked. I print the satellite passes every day now for AO-51, SO-50 and now AO-27. Thanks Bruce (NK0Z)for getting me started on the satellites.

I completed Storm Spotter training in 2011 and hold the position as a Certified Storm Spotter II for Johnson County, KS. In 2013 I completed training for being a NET CONTROLLER and started running some of the Monday nets for K0ECS. I have always liked watching the storms.... now I have a purpose for it... I am also a Trained CERT TEAM Member and the current President of the Waypoint Amateur Radio Club (WA0RC).

I am a member of the following organizations;


US Navy, 1981 - 1987 Radioman on a US Submarine for about 5 years. My specialty was HF communications and Antennas for the HF gear. I was responsible for the T-827 XMTRS, AM3924 Amplifiers, R-1051 Receivers and other equipment.

Many Hobbies/Interests including:

Ham Radio (now that I am licensed), Scuba Diving, Fishing, Hiking, Photography, Woodworking, Running 5K races, Playing the Guitar, Song Writing (Folk, Bluegrass and County), Coaching Girls Basketball,Keeping my personal website up to date, and the list goes on....


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