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LICENSING:

First licensed in 1957.  Held the call K5LMG until 1976 when I received the Extra Class call N5OK. 

Other calls held KC6OK (Palau), T88T, V63OH (Yapp).  Operated portable /KL7, /KC6.  Also operated the Dekhelia Base amateur station, ZC4DA, the English School Amateur Radio Club, 5B4ES and a special field day operation 5B4FD.

ARRL:

Served as the Oklahoma Section Manager for one tour and then was elected to the Board of Directors for several years as the West Gulf Division Director.  Am currently on the DX Advisory Committee.  I'm also a life member.  (best investment I ever made)

AWARDS:

Don't care to list them all but have been #1 Top of the Honor Roll since 80's.  Have VUCC and WAS.  Currently working on getting all bands 160m through 6m WAS using the digital modes.  Still need 6 on 12m, 18 on 10m and 1 on 6m.  QCWA #16221 and 10-X #9859.

STATION:

As pictured above.  I have the K3 with KPA500 and KAT500.  They work well for me.  The KPA500 doesn't get much use except on 6 meter MSK144.

Had built a nice DX station here with 2 100ft towers and one 40ft tower for VHF.  Had a tornado come through in May of 2013 it took down one of the 100ft towers and the 40ft.   Picture of son-in-law and grandson, KF5CKP using a sabre saw to cut up the downed tower.  This is the part that fell outside my fence.  On the right is the other 100ft tower with a T-10 ripped in half.  I found the other half in a nearby pond.

 

I decided not the put this tower back up.  I figured that I could do with just one 100ft tower.  I also didn’t put the VHF tower back up.  I’m getting too old for all that climbing anyway.  In place of the T-10 I put a SteppIR 3 element with the 30/40 driven element. 

At Christmas 2015 we had a monster ice storm that took down all my antennas and damaged the 100ft tower to the point that I had to take it down.  This pic was after a couple of hours of ice.  In the end all that was on the tower was the boom.  The other picture is of ice on the ground after it had melted and fell off.  (Yes, that's a 12 inch ruler)

 

I now have an 80ft tower.  It is topped with a 3 element SteppIR that has the 30/40 loop.  I'm using a 160m OCFD for 160 through 40m.  Also have an M2 6M7JHV at 50ft. (As of December20, 2017)

Now having fun working mostly FT-8 using WSJT-X and JTAlert.   All contacts are uploaded to LoTW after each session.  Also answer all direct and bureau QSL's.

CAREER:

Spent 38 years total in government service.  Most of which was fulltime with the Oklahoma Air National Guard.  The last four years was spent as an Air Force Officer on active duty at Tinker AFB in Midwest City, OK.

Currently retired but active in my church as an Elder.  I was ordained as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ several years ago and God has truly blessed us.

FAMILY: 

My lovely wife since 1962 has endured a lot over the years.  She isn't a ham but has always been very supportive.  Our children are both hams:  Edie, WB5YHG and Clif, K5EA.

 

 

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