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I became interested in Amateur Radio while attending high school. One of our neighbors up the street was Lou Glaser, WB6WNF who shared with me a first glimpse of the magic of Ham Radio.  It wasn't until after graduating from high school that I was able to follow my interests in radio. I joined the US Navy and became a Radioman.  Commands I served with were:

USS Twining (DD540)


USS Perkins (DD877)


US Naval Communications Station at Rough & Ready Island

COSRIVDIV 11 (Coastal River Division 11) Mare Island Naval Station



U.S.S. Haddo (SSN604)


USS Lang (FF1060)


Then back to civilian life in 1977


After my Navy service, I met up with a friend from high school who was a ham - Dick Collier, then KB6OZ, now K7SD. Dick became my elmer and helped me set up my first ham station (Atlas 210x and a dipole).

I am now QRV as KK0DJ from Southeast Iowa

Marion County

near the town of Pella

On the shores of Lake Red Rock.


               This is downtown Pella                        "The Molengracht"                    Scene from our annual "Tulip Time"



This is a shot of Lake Red Rock Dam near my home.  Construction is now taking place that will convert this dam to a hydro-electric plant to open and begin providing electricity in late 2018.





When on the air, I may be on one of many rigs. I use the Icom 706MkIIG, a nicely aged Icom IC-751A a couple of old Yaesu FT-107Ms that are usually in some state of disrepair, a couple of FT817s for emergencies and portable fun, an MD380 UHF and an MD380 VHF, an Icom ID51A and my trusty old Kenwood TH-F6A  For aerials I have an MFJ-MA5V6M vertical on the deck, an end-fed 80-10 at about 25 feet.  I have had an awful lot of fun with these.  Being at one of the high spots in SE Iowa with no obstructions helps a lot!  Living in a rural area helps with noise as well.




I have to tell you that though being a ham has been a terrific hobby, it cannot compare with the joy I have from submitting myself to my Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him, as the Bible says - we are nothing!.... but don't take my word for it, read the Bible some time - start with the book of John. and hopefully you'll see too!

73 and c u on the bands!






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