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Originally Licensed as Novice -WN9OAG in February, 1974 as a freshman in High School.  Upgraded to Tech in 1975 as WB9OAG.  Passed General in 1978 as a Freshman in College, got Advanced ticket later that year.

Earned Amateur Extra License in 1986 and received the call NM9P.


  • SDR (Software Defined Radio).
  • Contesting (160M - 144 Mhz),
  • DXing,
  • Rag-Chewing with friends all over the country,
  • Remote operation of the 6500 using VPN connections with Laptops or my iPad/iPhone,
  • QRP, Homebrew,
  • ESSB, Audio experimentation,
  • Digital modes: FT-8, RTTY, PSK31, JT-65/9, Packet, SSTV, and others,
  • Design and Construction of Antennas,
  • Mobile Operating,
  • Skywarn Spotting,
  • 10-10 International #77530
  • OMISS # 10197

Current Rigs at my Staton:

  • FLEX-6500 - I am also a member of the Flex "Alpha Testing Team" helping test new software releases.  Fun!
  • Icom: IC-706MK2G, IC-208H, IC-275A, IC-207H, T90A,
  • Baofeng UV-82 (2), Baofeng UV5RA, Baofeng BF-888S,
  • Alinco: DR-110T, Standard: C168
  • Several homebrew QRP rigs.
  • Mikes: Heil PR-22UT, Electrovoice EV-664 (3 of them), various boom headsets (commercial and homebrew),
    and hand mikes


  • Tennadyne T-11 at 38 ft on Rohn 45G (installed July 20, 2015), See Picture below.
  • 80 Meter Offset Fed Dipole (or whatever wire antenna I am playing with now....)
  • Homebrew 33 ft. Elevated Vertical (8 ft. above ground with 4 sets of radials)
  • Cushcraft A144-10T (10 elements vertical/10 elements horizontal) at 45 ft.
  • Inverted 'L' on 160 or 80 (when in season)

Equipment Dream List: (If I ever inherit a bundle)

  • Eventually looking for a good KW amp for 160-6 Meters
  • A taller tower and land to assemble a good vertical and receive antenna system for the lower bands. (160, 80, 40, 30)

Amateur Radio Awards earned recently:

  • DXCC - Mixed, CW, Phone, & Digital.  Total LOTW Confirmations: 229
    Although I have not yet applied for the specific endorsements, I have LOTW confirmations for 100+ confirmed
    on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, & 10 Meters.  I also have qualified for the DX Challenge award.
    I am waiting until I get my final 3 DX Contacts confirmed on 12 Meters and will apply for all the endorsements when I apply for 5BDXCC.  I have 33 DX Confirmations via LOTW on 160 Meters, too.
  • WAS -  Mixed, CW, SSB, Digital, RTTY, & FT8.
    I also have LOTW Confirmations for Triple Play,
    and have all 50 states confirmed on 7 bands - 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, & 15 meters. 
    My goal is to "run the table" with WAS on All bands, 160-6 Meters. 
    I need 5 more states on 10 Meters, 8 states on 12 Meters, and 10 states on 6 Meters.
  • I have placed First place in Indiana or 9th Call area in several contests, most often in the Single Operator, Low Power, Asisted category.  I may post a list later. Hopefully there will be more to come now that my new antenna is up and running.  My favorite contests are:

      ALL of the 160 Meter tests - CQ160, ARRL 160, Stew Perry (minimal participation in SPDC)
            (I wish there was a 160 RTTY Contest!) 
      CQWW - SSB, CW, & RTTY, 
      CQWPX - SSB, CW, & RTTY,
      ARRL DX Contests - SSB, CW, & RTTY,
      NAQP - SSB, CW, & RTTY,
  • I received an award from Flex Radio as one of their "Most Helpful Elmers," helping coach others about SDR.

Other interests not directly related to Ham radio:

  • Linux (Mint, Mepis, others );
  • Fly Fishing;
  • RC Model Aviation
  • Music and Guitar, Songwriting, building guitar effects boxes,
  • forming a worship band at the church where I am pastor.

Professional Information: I am a United Methodist Pastor, currently serving at Christ United Methodist Church in Washington, Indiana.

NM9P's Tennadyne T-11 at 38 ft. (11.5 Meters)

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