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 My friends call me "Mitch."

I am located in southwest Missouri about 1.2 miles from Stockton Lake.  It is a great fishing and recreational lake.  You can kayak, sail or get baptized.  Another distinction of Stockton, MO is that we are the black walnut capital of the world.  

When I was about 10 years old, my dad showed me how to build a crystal set from old radio parts.  The first time I heard an AM radio station over headphones with no power source but the airwaves, I was hooked!  

My first license was a Second Class Radio Telephone License in 1975 and my first radio was an old used Hallicrafters. But my military career disrupted plans for a ham station.  I was able to travel the world but I was out of amateur radio until I settled at a permanent location.

The current station is an ICOM IC7300 (recently replaced an IC718) to a horizontal delta loop 260 ft long with a 2.5 balun designed by AG6IF.  I can work digital 80m through 15m.  I use a Heathkit PK232 (constructed in 1989) to run RTTY, packet radio and occasionally decode CW. It is still quite reliable. I prefer an old heavy Chinese straight key for CW.

My ham PC is a Linux server with two monitors, one vertical and one horizontal (click on upper right photo). I use Fldigi for PSK-31 and WSJT-X for JT65 and JT9.  On 2m and 70cm I have a Kenwood TM-V71 to a vertical J-pole.  

Conntating ISS via APRS

My QSL with the International Space Station (RSØISS) on 70cm was using packet radio via a 5W Baofeng UV-5R, a handheld yagi (an Arrow II) and a Mobilinkd TNC connected by bluetooth to a smartphone running APRSdroid.

You can see the UV-5R attached to the handle of the Arrow II satellite antenna and the TNC dangling just beneath it.  (A fishing vest makes a great way to carry extra batteries, small tools and cables.)

The handheld scanner attached to the vest monitors my transmit freq to confirm I'm broadcasting.  The hard part is typing on the smartphone with my thumb.  The Arrow II antenna works great on any VHF/UHF satellite.  

A Kenwood R-2000 receiver is an old favorite from 1984. It still works great and helps me monitor HF SSB/CW and VHF FM.

I also enjoy keeping bees and capturing bee swarms. Our hives produce more honey than we can eat and are beneficial to the environment and educational. There’s nothing better than pure local honey on hot homemade biscuits!

      

 

   

 

Hope to hear you on the airwaves soon.

Mitch --- KI4KPO

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United States Award#3141
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World Continents Award#17304
Granted: 2017-04-20 16:38:02   (KI4KPO)

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United States Counties Award#6385
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Grid Squared Award#15737
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