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Hello and thanks for stopping by my bio page. This web design thing isn't really my gig so a little grace if you will.

I got started in amateur radio back in the early 1990s as a Technician in Salem, Oregon. I pretty much stuck to the VHF/UHF side of things playing around with packet and ATV early on. I owned a 40ft tower back in those days and after about 5 or so years I moved and the tower came down. I wasn't able to put it back up due to the restrictions of where I lived.

Ten Ten membership Number 77958

Me at the top of the old KBSP22 tower above Silverton, Oregon. Mt Hood in the background there. We were hanging ATV antenna's back in the day. Little on the heavy side back then.

Picture was taken by Jim Campbell. KH8AZ.

Family needs changed and hobby's went to the back burner for a while when raising kids and employment needs came to the front. Kids are bigger now. Job is fairly stable. So, this year (2017) I finally got off my butt and upgraded to General class. The code drop was a motivator since my earlier attempts at getting my 5wpm were a joke. Just don't have an ear for it I guess. Might try again later.

Planning on studying for my extra class here over the winter. Will see what that brings.

This summer (August, 2017) I received a nice tubular crank up tower that needed some repair work from the widow of a silent key. Did a lot of repair work on it. Built a new base using the engineering specs from tower designs that were slightly taller and heavier. Dug a hole and looking to pour concrete here soon.

So, the new tower base was welded up with what I think is an original design. Got it stuck in the hole, centered and plumbed.

I applied for and received a vanity callsign in August of 2017. Not really sure what a vanity callsign was by definition and other than making a formal request for one that wasn't yours... So, I went from KC7LWZ to KF4IRE... So, how is that a vanity call for me? Well, I work in the fire service as a Training Lieutenant. Since the 7 wasn't available where I live I took the only one available that just happen to be from Florida with a 4. So, there ya have it.. All 'four' 'FIRE'... that's the vanity of it, nothing more.

On August 30th, 2017 I finally got my concrete poured. After scheduling it and cancelling it three times I finally got it done. At the height of this summers wild fire season I would get deployed and have to cancel the concrete delivery. I got on a first name basis with the concrete company manager but he empathized with my situation and spared me a little grace. 

So, the concrete should be completely curred around the end of September 2017 that I can attached the tubular base to the bottom of it and start cranking antennas up!!


Tube tower is up and solid now. I have a couple of antennas on it. I have a Mosley Electronics 10-15-20 beam that I've been doing repair work on. Got it as a gift from the same silent key's widow that gave me the tower. Seemed like a lot of things of his were broke or damaged going into his latter years before his passing.

This tri-bander met with an accident when the cable of the tube tower broke and slammed to the ground giving all the antennas a shock. Pretty much bent half of the tubes. I ordered parts from Mosley for the insulator blocks, missing parts, rusted out hardware and I'll just flip some of the bent tubes over 180 degrees keeping the weeping holes down in the traps and it'll be good as new.

 QSL Cards came in the mail around November 6th I think. Never done anything like this before so looking forward to puting some postage on these. I'm curious as to the culture around these cards. I see people puting all sorts of conditions on exchanging these cards. Whatever happened to the simple version of 'send a card, get a card'? People can be such tight asses about postage. Get a life folks. You own radio equipment typically valued at a couple grand($) and your too much of a tight wad to put a postcard in the mail with a lousey postcard stamp? Rethink your hobbies guys and get your priorities straight.

So this is the view from the back yard as of November 18th. I have a 2m/440 jpole at the top with a Cushcraft 13B 2m beam in the middle. The Mosley Electronics tribander at the bottom just above the Yeasu G-1000 rotor. The trees around the yard really don't have an impact on my reception. The tube usually sits at the bottom all the time although one of these days I'm going to crank it up just to see the difference in my ability to tx/rx. 

To the right the tube tower at the bottom and all the way up at the top. Really don't like the idea of a cable holding that thing up. Wish there was some kind of brake or pin that a  guy could set to take the load off the cable.

I have issues with trees. If you or somebody you know in the Salem, Oregon area has the skills to limb trees of this nature I have a job for them. I've had two different tree companies in my yard over the past 15 years and I've paid out a significant amount of cash. One company ripped me off for the work they agreed to do for what they charged me. Both companies damaged my house or other structures on my property. One company did a half assed job at the repair work and the other company did what they could to cover up the damage and then denied doing it later. It seems to be the industry standard around here. So, if thats the way it works then I'd rather pay (or take it out in trade) just a single person cash to do what I want and I'll do the rest myself. Anyone need fire wood? I run a pellet stove this is all scrap to me. These things are killing my 80m Windom Dipole that I have streatched across the entire back yard. (Not to mention they're too big, killing the grass, garden doesn't grow and they drop needles on EVERYTHING!)

Upgraded to Extra Class today (January 20th, 2018). Special thanks to the McMinnville Amateur Radio club that hosts the VE sessions over there on a regular basis and for the class they put on to help folks make the connection in all that material.



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