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Hi from Texas!

I celebrated my 50th year as a ham in 2014. I passed my Novice ticket as WN9LRI in 1964 while attending Notre Dame High School in Niles Ilinois, via their radio club, WA9BWH. I upgraded to Tech license ten months later, and happily dropped the N to become WA9LRI. I hung out on 2 and 6 meters AM with Heathkit 6'er and 2'er transceivers, then became an early convert to 2 meter FM while attending college at Loyola University in Chicago.

I joined the Chicago FM Club, WA9ORC, and later served two terms as president. I passed the 13 WPM code test in front of a steely eyed FCC examiner at the downtown Chicago office in 1976 to get my General class license.

Here's a photo from way back in 1978 when Bob (W9LBQ) and I (on the left) were using homemade turnstyle antennas to communicate via the newly launched AMSAT-OSCAR 8. I had hair then!

In 1978, my new wife and I moved to Dallas Texas and gave up my 9 call for N5CSU in 1983. I later served as president of the Garland ARC (K5QHD) and the Raytheon ARC (K5QBM). I also enjoyed serving as NCS for Garland RACES for many years.

Salt-mine wise, I worked for three decades in engineering and corporate communications for E-Systems in Garland (which merged with Raytheon in the mid 90s). For many years, I served as a club officer and trustee for their club station, K5QBM. I retired from Raytheon on my 30th work anniversary in Feb. 2012.

We then moved full time to Cedar Creek Lake in east TX, where I served as officer in the Cedar Creek ARC (K5CCL) and as Emergency Coordinator for Henderson County ARES. In my 50th year as a ham, I finally checked off the Amateur Extra license from my bucket list in November 2014. 

In 2015, we moved back to our Dallas home near White Rock Lake and am now a member of Dallas ARC and Dallas RACES.  You'll find me active on HF, VHF and UHF analog and digital. I usually monitor DStar reflector 4B and AmericaLink on Fusion.

Hope to meet you on the air soon and 73! 

Check out my blog with Digital Ham Radio Links.

Equipment lineup

  • Yaesu FT-991 & LDG YT-1200 tuner
  • FT-100D & LDG YT-100 tuner
  • SignaLink Integrated USB sound card
  • Icom ID-880H 
  • APRS: Kenwood D-700
  • Antennas: G5RV, Diamond X-30 VHF/UHF vertical, Cushcraft 11 element 2M beam, VHF/UHF Discone
  • Echolink Node: N5CSU-L, node 7117
  • SharkRF OpenSPOT 
  • West Mountain PwrGate and emergency battery power 
  • AT&T uVerse Internet

Mobile & Portable Ops

  • APRS Mobile- N5CSU-9: Yaesu FTM-400
  • APRS Portable- N5CSU-7: Yaesu VX-8 H/T
  • D-Star Portable- N5CSU-9: Icom ID-51 H/T
  • DMR portable: Connect Systems CS580
  • HF/VHF/UHF Portable: Yaesu FT-817
  • Solar portable power with Goal Zero Yeti 150 and a 15 watt solar panel.

Memberships

  • ARRL Life member
  • AMSAT
  • Dallas ARC
  • Texas RACES unit 5565
  • Cedar Creek TX ARC
  • 10-10 #19991
  • Chicago FM Club Life Member
  • TX VHF Society
  • TAPR
  • QCWA

A Few Links

And a Few Photos

Our home QTH, built in 1935 and remodeled in the 80's. Antennas are in the back!

Operating the special events station W100AW at Hamcom in 2015

Portable ops with my Yaesu FT-817 from Galveston Island TX back a few years ago.

Here's a recent photo of the shack...

And Digi the cat, who is really chief op here!

And finally, here I am hamming it up in the old U.S. Pentagon's press room during a behind-the-scenes tour.

If you got this far, please add your call to my new weblog... thanks and hope to work you on the air!

73
Rich

 
 

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