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Biography of N8SA:

I am active, and currently Past President and Board Member of USECA ARC in Mt. Clemens, MI. (http://www.usecaarc.com) I am active on HF now (after long dry spell to raise two kids).....My modest Shack, as pictured includes the Yaesu FT-950, recently added Henry solid state amp(very rare beast) Signalink USB and HRD for Digital modes and logbook/ lookup, beam control, etc.  The Henry is good for a solid KW fed with two 75 amp swiching supplies!  Antennas are a Cubex 2el 5band Quad at 50 ft and OCF at 40 ft. Member of ECARS and also check in regularly to MIDCARS. You can also catch me on HF from the mobile where I run an FT 991 into a  Tarheel 100A Screwdriver controlled by a Tunematic controller (automatically tunes the Tarheel with the VFO.) I spend most of my HF time on digital, mostly PSK31, but also on phone. Though I know CW, (old 20 wpm Extra) I seldom use it. I enjoy DX, ragchewing, even the occasional contest, but Field Day is the only Contest I NEVER miss. At home and in the car I am a very casual operator, putting in time on radio when I can.  I work out of my car as a tech for the local power company, and I cover all of SE Mi.  I average 20k company miles per year so it is common to find me working dx while traveling, especially on 17m when it is open.  

I recently started the Packard Proving Ground ARC.  We help the PPG with preservation of the site (National Register) and to preserve the ham radio history of the site.  Charles Vincent, the Manager of the site lived in the gatehouse with his family from 1929 to 1942.  He was licensed W8RD and was very active on HF and has written a few articles for QST in his day.  He was responsible for the first air to ground phone contact in June 1929.  He used the Packard Diesel powered Stearman Detroit aircraft  equipped with a modified transceiver.  They got special licenses issued from the then Federal Radio Commission.  Charlie developed and tested the antenna made for the aircraft, testing it from the ground using several ham friends listening for him.  The modified radio put out 7 watts AM.  It was strapped into the aircraft with rubber straps keeping the tube radio happy and safe and working.  

We hold an annual Special Event on or around June 3rd, the original day in 1929. We have had an aircraft fly over and make contact with us on the ground like the original but with more modern equipment, of course.  That old tube gear has been lost to the years unfortunately. 

We have received a donation of a 52 foot crank up tower and beam and will be putting it all up next year likely (2017).  The Callsign W8RD was lost to the Vanity system years ago so we will not be using that, but we will get a club call and will be active on the air from the site regularly beginning next year.  Hope to work you on the air.

73, Bill Chesney, N8SA

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