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My love of shortwave began with an old Philco radio at the age of ten. A couple of years later I earned my Novice license and was issued WN5SAP in New Orleans, LA. After high school I joined the Air Force and was a MARS operator for over six years.

Joining corporate life for major manufacturers around the country, and later owning four businesses in New Orleans, I was out of radio for 32 years. After retiring at the age of 49 in 2000, I decided to get my Ham license back. Morse Code was never a problem for me, in two weeks I was back up to speed. I love CW, always will. My FISTS # is 11731 and my SKCC # is 287.

The day after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, I relayed a message sent from FEMA to the Mayor of New Orleans – Ray Nagin. The communication was a very important message from President George W. Bush. Since then, I have twelve TV news stories (all stored on DVD), and numerous newspaper articles that outline some of the moments I have had with Ham Radio. Also several Ham Nation appearances with a 30 Meter Mobile Beacon www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7ND81t_KHk, helping Bob Heil put a mobile in his SUV, and adding some antennas to his farm with my homebrew pneumatic tennis ball canon.

I am also the planner and organizer of the Titanic Special Event Station WØS in Branson, MO. and W4S in Pigeon Forge, TN. This year's events will be on April 12th and 13th, 2015 for the 103rd Anniversary. See eHam.net "Calendar of Events April 2015 for more details. ALL QSL REQUEST FOR THE WØS WILL NEED A SASE FOR RETURN.

Also have a Six Meter Beacon at 50.063.5 using a Ranger 5054DX at 5 watts to a Homebrew Six Meter HO Loop up 30 feet. This is the First Official Registered Beacon in the State of Missouri. The station can be viewed at www.k9mu.com. There is also a part-time 17 Meter Beacon at 18.110 using a Elecraft K-1 to a Delta Loop up 50 feet.

Yes, everyone calls me “SAP”, and I prefer that on and off the air. The FCC knew my sense of humor long ago. Everything I build or own has “SAP” incorporated in the name. My car is the “SAP”mobile. I co-built the “Sapallo” telegraph key while at Dayton 2007 with Al Gallo, WØERE, which was published in the FISTS and World Radio Magazines.

Currently I have a Tri-Ex 70 foot electric tower with a Mosley Pro 67B and Cushcraft 50S5 six meter beam on top. One sixty foot telephone pole and two 50 foot telephone poles are placed along the fence line for a 160 all coax Double Bazooka. A 60 foot Glen Martin tower with a Solar Powered Electric Hazer holds my homebrew full size Three Element 30 Meter Monster Beam, I call my “Trizilla.” The reflector element is 48.5 feet long and my antenna design is also placed on the South Tower at W1AW. I also have a Fullwave 80 Meter Delta Loop hung vertical at 60 feet with a switching stub that turns the loop into a Two Wave Length Bi-Square on 40 Meters. A Fullwave 80 Meter Horizontal Loop up 50 feet.

73 and 6146. “SAP”

From left to right is a Palomar AT1500DT Antenna Tuner, Kenwood TS-940SAT Transceiver, SP-940 Matching Speaker, Kenwood SM-220 Monitor Scope with Bandscope, and a Kenwood TL-922A Amplifier with Ten Meter Mod.

From Left to Right is a duplicate of my Novice Station from the 60's.  A Drake R4B Receiver and Drake 2NT Transmitter.  Next is a Kenwood TS-830S with all the filters and KB-1 Spinner Knob, Kenwood VFO-240 External VFO with a KB-1 Spinner Knob (not shown), and a Kenwood TL-922A Amplifier with the 10 Meter Mod.  Below is a Elecraft K1 QRP for 30 and 17 Meters. 

My pride and joy, The Collins Division.  Top Row Left to Right is a Collins KWM-2A Transceiver with all the WARC band crystals and a 312B4 Station Monitor.  Next is a Collins KWM-2 Transceiver from 1963 married in a split confiruration to the Collins 75S1 Receiver with a 500 Hz CW filter.  Below is a Collins 75S3 Receiver, 312B4 Station Monitor, Collins 32S3 Transmitter, and a Collins 30L1 Amplifier.  The two desk microphones are the Collins SM-2 series.

The AM Station consisting of a B&W 5100 built in 1954 which was a closet rescue and restored after fifty years.  A Yaesu YO-301 Monitor Scope and LDG Auto Tuner.  Next is a Collins 75S1 Receiver and a 1960's eight inch Stereo Speaker for Hi Fi sound.

Also from another closet find is my Drake R4C Receiver, Drake MN-2000 Antenna Tuner, and Drake T4X Transmitter.  All these radios were in the original boxes with manual as if new.  The copperclad chassic on the T4X is as it came from R.L. Drake yesterday.  At times I will use my Ameritron ALS-500M for that extra punch.

Ahhh yes, the old WRL Maps we knew as kids.  From Left to Right is the first issue WRL Map of 1947.  Next is a 1957 map, and the most popular is the first issue of the 1960 WRL Map.  If you remember, 1960 was the first year that Alaska and Hawaii were added to the Statehood.  The Tymeter Clock you see came from Riley Hollingsworth.  I have two of these clocks signed by Riley to me for the collection.

"This is Amateur Radio" dated 1930.  A lot has changed since then, notice most of New York State is in the 8th District.  Virginia is in the 3rd District.  There was no Zero District it was all part of the 9th District along with Kentucky.  The 6th District was California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.  This was the Callbook of the time with all the licenced Hams printed on the map.  The 1, 2, and 3 District Hams are printed on the sides because of the size of the States.

The Six Meter Beacon Station at 50.063.5 running 5 watts to a homebrew Six Meter Loop up 30 feet.  The only coordinated beacon by K9MU in the State of Missouri.

My old buddy Bob Heil performing a private concert at his home in Missouri.  He's quite amazing on this instrument letting his fingers do the talking instead of his microphones.  Checkout the sound system, would you expect anything less?

The Ice Storm of 2007.  I thought for sure the Mosley Pro 67B was a goner.  Once the ice melted the elements popped right back in position as if nothing happened.  Mosley is the best, I don't think any other antenna would have survived.

The "SAP" Two Meter Repeater in Buffalo, MO.  The repeater uses a Yaesu Vertex VXR-5000 and CAT 300 Controller.  The repeater also has battery back up for power failures and phone patch if needed. 

I think this is the last surviving QSL card from my Novice Days.  Rescued from Denis Dixon, WA5TYJ one of my many old Novice friends who now lives in New Mexico.

On top of the Tri-Ex 72 foot Electric Self-Supporing tower is the Mosley Pro-67B yagi covering 40 thru 10 Meters.  Above that is a Cushcraft 50S5 five element Six Meter Beam, and above that is a two meter/440 vertical.

The Homebrew Three Element 30 Meter Beam up 60 Feet on a Glen Martin Tower with Hazer.  The tower now has a electric winch that is solar powered.  My design and antenna is now on the South Tower of W1AW in Newington, CT.  The beam has a 8.1 DB of gain and crashes pileups with ease even on QRP.

Iced Antennas makes it easier to see only half of the wire antennas.  Three telephone poles as high as 60 feet at the apex holds my 160 Meter All Coax Double Bazooka antenna.  Also pictured is a 80 Meter Vertical Delta Loop with 40 Meter Switching Stub turning the loop into a Bi-Square at sixty feet.  Maybe on the next iced antenna photo it will show the 80 Meter Horizontal Delta Loop up fifty feet.



The new addition to the farm is a Hy-Gain 18-HT 53 Foot Vertical.  A Flame Thrower DX antenna to Europe on 80 Meters with 48 radials buried in the ground.  I also Homebrewed the 17 Meter Modification to the antenna.  I will wrap my own coil for the 160 Meter add-on soon.



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