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I have been active in ham radio since high school in 1963 when first licensed as WNØGQA in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Above photo shows my SOTA shack on Bell Mountain, Missouri in late December 2016.  Fun time on 20 and 40 meters even with no sun spots.  Real treat to hear familiar calls and also work EA2IF in Spain with my KX3 and EFW.  Then refuel on PPJ and head back to the trail head.  Nice hiking trail with total round trip of 7 miles.

Took a rode trip to some Missouri summits in early December 2017 before mother nature dropped the temps.  Below is a photo of a nice 4 pointer called Knob Lick Mountain WØM/SF-030.  Had a great time on 40, 30 and 20 meters making 41 contacts with 4 of them summit to summit.  This summit is only 20 minute drive from Taum Sauk Park.  At TS which is SF-001 I also had a good group of chasers yielding 42 contacts at that summit.  Weather held for us, but eventually we ran out of daylight.  Darn those short days in winter!  SOTA chasing is fun as shown by my contacting over 2400 activator hams on summits around the world.

Field Day 2017 is in the log.  My QRP operation on solar power was at a nice Missouri State park named Knob Noster, near Whiteman AFB.  Great weather and soft bands, but can't complain!  Sunny weather provided more than enough power, could have run three stations QRP!  Hope you had a good and safe FD operation.  The local BBQ cafe provided the needed people fuel for the weekend.  Submitted point score of 1565 points, good for 1st place in Missouri in class 1B1B.

2016 Field Day update:  This year I was in Colorado during FD, but with a very busy schedule.  Did manage a three hours of B1B QRP operation with my modest solar/battery and KX3.  Operated on 20 and 40 meters and enjoyed the high altitude operation in the Rockies.  So I am in the record book with an EFW antenna at 9000 feet!  The 18 watt panel kept the 6 lithium ion 18650's topped off just fine in the high altitude sunshine.

Have now installed and wired 100 watts of panels at the QTH and have the ham shack on Old Sol power.  While not economically justified it is cool and would keep me on the air without petrol in an emergency!   When doing chores around the QTH I usually monitor 7.030 and 14.060, the QRP watering holes!

2016 Winter Field Day update:  Frank KDØMQO and myself combined our equipment and ham radio skills to play in the WFD on a hill top farm location in late January 2016.  First time for either of us to play field day in the cold which presents a new set of paradigms from summer activations.  We operated on 11 bands over an eight hour period putting together 142 contacts using CW, phone and digital modes.  We kept warm in a wall tent thanks to power supplied by a Honda genset which also powered all the radio gear and computers.  We put 6,124 points in the log for second place in class 2O (2 ops outdoors).

2015 Field Day: Ran class 1B, one operator QRP on battery/solar power during Field Day from my favorite campground in Missouri, Knob Noster State Park. Score of 3910 points, ran KX3 at 5 watts to an inverted L.  1st place in Missouri and 10th overall in the 1B1B.

My camp and FD location down at Pomme de Terre Lake in Ozarks of Missouri in 2012.  Took first place in Missouri and also the ARRL midwest division running 340 Q's in 1B1B.  Great views and sunset for the FD event.  Ran K3 at 5 watts to EFW in the trees.

2010 Field Day: Ran QRP with Kent KØWEW in 1B2B class at Weston Bend State Park, Missouri.  Took two years of practice and we finally took 1st place in the nation with 5,250 points running CW only operation from a K3 on battery/solar into a 135 foot doublet antenna in a hill top oak at 60 feet.  Kent is a mighty fine CW op and sometimes he even let me run stations!

2007 Field Day:  Our Independence MO RACES team ran in 2F class from the local fire station.  Using WØCW callsign we took first place in the nation with 12,900 points.  Great team of operators too numerous to list.  If you were there it sure was a fun time with great contributions of time, effort, antenna design and FB operators from GOTA to the CW station!  Thanks for the memories.

My interest in radio began in the 50's with a four foot tall Stewart-Warner shortwave receiver belonging to my stepfather. A long piece of bell wire in the attic brought stations in from all over the world. I still have a dozen or so of those "SWL" cards from Radio Australia and others dated to 1960. Soon I had a National 183 receiver and then traded up to a transistor version of the Zenith Transoceanic. Even then I was liking radios that ran on batteries. Shortwave and MW broadcast listening taught me alot about propagation on the bands. I was hearing everything, but I couldn't talk to anyone!

Thanks go to two elmers who helped me pass that scary Novice exam and put that ugly antenna in my mom's front yard. My Heathkit HR-10 receiver was earned by painting one hams house. I never had to worry about which frequency to use on 40 meters, because I only had one crystal for the CW novice band! My transmitter was homebrewed using parts from a junked TV set with the exception of the 6146 final tube donated by my ham neighbor Max KØIHA now SK. Most everything was homebrew when you made 50 cents an hour working at the local drug store scooping icecream! As with many young hams my interest continued leading to a part time job at the local TV shop while attending college. I decided to go into chemical engineering for a profession so I could play with radio at home. Good decision.

Ham radio activity was minimal during college. Graduated from the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla in 1968 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. With the Army I was trained as an Ø5B2Ø Radio Operator at Fort Knox. Served as the radio operator for a Combat Engineering Battalion. The Army only transmitted 5 letter groups that were encoded. So it took me some time to enjoy actually hearing real words from fellow hams. Later I upgraded my license while living in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and had callsign WB9YGX. There I helped start a new radio club and put a two meter repeater on the air, we built from an old GE Prog line transceiver. Located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana it was the first repeater in SE Indiana in 1975. Years later upgraded ticket by testing at the old FCC office on 63rd street when we moved to Kansas City area. That was a fun event that every ham should have once in their life time!

Now that I have retired from 43 years in engineering I have more time for amateur radio. What other hobby teaches you about technology, geography and allows you to make friends all over the world? Can't do that with a bowling ball now can you?

Photo is a FYBO event in February 2004 with snow and outdoor temps of 18F.  Had to keep my gelcel battery in the little soft pack with two hand warmers so the voltage would not drop!  Managed 46 Q's running 1 watt to a low dipole.  My gatoraid froze that day!  Once out of contacts I loaded everything into a plastic kids sled and pulled it back to the truck.

Hiding from light rain on SOTA summit in Missouri, Pilot Knob just before OzarkCon in Branson Missouri.










I especially enjoy HF radios that I can take camping and hiking, thus my interest in battery powered gear. Nothing can match the thrill of chatting with a friend while camped in the boonies or snagging that rare DX using a piece of wire thrown in a tree. The vast majority of my on air time I use Morse code because of its effectiveness and simplicity of equipment. After all Morse is the first digital mode and is more personal than typing on a keyboard. Just me and the ionosphere bouncing my signal to some far away place. The KX3 is now in my stable of portable radios and is a dream realized from half a century ago when I put together my first transistor AM radio circuit which seemed like magic at the time.

Shack 2011

Special thanks to Steve KØOU my CW and FD mentor. His enthusiasm for ham radio, developing Morse skills and 'playing radio' is contagious. For decades I played in big Field Day operations, but have switched to single transmitter on battery power with effective wire antennas. NØEVH Rule #1, you have to be able to setup for field day in under two hours by yourself! This forces me to simplify and optimize.  Hope to meet you on the air for a chat. I could be in the shack at home, mobile, camping, hiking running pedestrian mobile or activating a summit somewhere!  Have 34 states running HF pedestrian mobile and would like to work you from the trail.

Since early 2012 I have been playing in SOTA, Summits on the Air.  Thanks to Gary WØMNA for infecting me with the program, it is a fun group of outdoors hams!  While living some distance from summits in my home state I have now activated summits in six states: OK, AR, MO, MI, CO and WY.  It is a great excuse to get outdoors and operate in conditions more difficult than Field Day.  Of course chasing whenever I can to acknowledge the efforts by some amazingly active hikers!  You have to be prepared to operate in whatever mother nature throws at you.  The truly unique thing about SOTA is whatever day in the year you have to play radio, once you are spotted by a SOTA chaser you are going to be in for some fun!  Get your key or mic and log paper ready!  If you are traveling through Missouri check out our SOTA summits.  http://www.mosota.org or on FB with a group called Missouri SOTA.  SOTA rules of activating a summit are designed to provide access to people with a variety of physical abilities.  Almost every region has a few drive up summits.  The rules allow the operator to use a battery powered station that is not connected to the vehicle.

Kennedy Mountain Arkansas                               Pilot Knob Missouri

Last 200 yards of approach to two summits.  After the climb you have gobs of radio fun!  If you are wanting to get started in SOTA or need information on summits in Missouri, drop me an email.

Be sure to set a goal this year with your hobby of ham radio. Learn a new mode, new skill, take ham radio on an adventure somewhere, build a new radio, design a new antenna or help a new ham get on the air!  With the advent of electronic logging/QSL it is easier than ever to collect new ones in the log. DXCC, WAS, WAC QRP, and WAS, WAC QRPp are in the book for me.  Have 126 countries QRP, 83 countries at 1 watt and 29 at tenth of a watt, great fun.  Finished my ten year quest to work all states with 100 milliwatts. Worked the last ten states during the 2013 Sweeps, what a hoot!

Join one of the many operating groups in ham radio. At little or no cost they provide operating events, sprints etc. for you to play radio. Get on the air more!  I do know where my mic is and also play enough with digital to keep abreast of the amazing things that are happening there.  But, my sweet spot is low power, battery operated CW boxes with wire!

Looking forward to a QSO with you.

Title 47, Part 97 Amateur Radio Service Subpart 97.3 Definitions

(4) Amateur service. A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.

That would be me!


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JG0SXC 2013-02-01 15m CW PM96dp Japan MAN KABE
A61Q 2012-09-16 17m CW LL75sj United Arab Emirates M.H. ABDULLAH
YT0WFF 2011-09-25 15m CW JN96vc Serbia YUFF 038 LUDAS
K8FXX 2011-09-18 20m PSK31 EN82gl United States Chad W Cunningham
KD0MEI 2011-07-10 2m FM EM29sb United States EDWARD J BRILEY
N5QAB 2011-06-11 40m CW EM46fg United States SAM B WILLIAMS, JR
N5QAB 2011-06-10 40m CW EM46fg United States SAM B WILLIAMS, JR
KC9JQN 2011-05-30 40m CW EN61ho United States Roy E Gillis
W9JDH 2011-04-26 40m CW EM58ks United States Jimmy D Hill
KI4PG 2011-03-16 40m SSB EM63oa United States Jimmy R Jackson
K0FZZ 2011-03-05 40m SSB EN22ha United States Brian D Fryar
AC7QO 2011-02-26 20m PSK31 DN31xd United States David H Black
AB4KJ 2011-01-11 40m CW EN52vc United States MICHAEL S IRIZARRY
AD4PM 2010-12-18 30m CW EM85vf United States William R Bolen
W4EY 2010-10-28 30M CW FM18no United States WILLIAM H SPENCER, JR

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