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I got my first license in 1997 as KC7YNP (Technician) with my father (KC7WLU - also Technician). We mostly hung out on two meters on the local (To Lebanon, Oregon - including Albany, Sweet Home, Salem, Corvallis, and Eugene) repeaters.

In 2003, my father passed away - leaving me without my best friend in radio (IE: Swap Meet buddy, and the guy I always had to try and one-up). As such, my radios began to collect dust and I mostly dropped off the amateur scene.

In 2007, I mistakenly assumed the FCC would send me some sort of notice that my license was about to expire. Whoops! It wasn't until 2011 that a mad spate of house cleaning uncovered my boxes of equipment and I got the itch to re-up my license.

After purchasing a fresh copy of the ARRL Technician exam study guide and scheduling an exam session with N7HN (Thanks, Harlan!), someone put me up to trying tor General during the same exam session (Thanks again, Harlan). So, I put my nose to the grindstone and could be found studying that big blue General exam book during every free moment.

When the big day came, I found myself sitting in a conference room at Lebanon General across a table from N7HN, NA7SL, and WL7K, and no other test takers. Nothing like that to make you a bit concerned! However, all three were very polite and supportive and were very congratulatory when I successfully passed both exams. The joke around the table was "Might as well just give him the third one - no one else here to complain and nothing else to do today". Of course, they weren't serious. They did invite me to come back when I felt comfortable enough to earn it on my own, however. :^)

I currently can be found ... about where I started in 1997 - hanging out on the local repeaters. 145.130 and 147.200 mostly, and a host of others (Though these are where I'm most active).

I'm still feeling my way around the HF General privileges with my Icom IC-7410 and Ham Radio Deluxe. I mostly play with PSK-31.


Heathkit Mowhawk RX-1: HF Receiver

Heathkit Marauder HX-10: HF Transmitter

Icom IC-7410: HF + 50MHz Transceiver (With the AH-4 tuner and an 85' longwire antenna)

Icom IC-2720H: Dual Band Mobile Transceiver with CometCA-2X4SRNMO antenna

Icom IC-2820H: Dual Band Mobile "Base" Transceiver with Diamond X200A or M2 2M7 antenna and Daiwa CN-801V meter

Icom IC-275H: 2m 100 watt "Secondary Base" Transceiver sharing antennas with the above 2820H

Icom IC-V8000: 2m "Go Bag" Transceiver with 2m 5/8 wave mag mount whip antenna and Daiwa CN-465M meter. - Wow, I need to make a roll-up for this.

Kenwood TH-75A Dual Band HT with stock rubber duckie antenna


Awarded vanity call of "W0ULF" 11/29/2011.

And yes, the picture in the upper-right hand corner of the page is me with an 8' ladder next to my service truck with a mobile tower base I designed with help from a friend, KF7NAY. It looks ugly, as I was focused on getting it safe and functional in time for Field Day in 2012.. which it worked rather well for. I hope to get it cleaned up in time for Field Day 2013 so it actually looks decent. :^)


As of 2015, my fellow club members have sentenced me to a year's hard labor as Chairman of the Peak Radio Association (W7PRA - www.w7pra.org), based in Corvallis, Oregon.I'd say that my challenger waged a good campaign and that it was a fight for every vote - but no one would accept a nomination for the position but me. Come on out to Tommy's 4th Street Bar and Grill on the third Monday of every month at 7 PM for our General Membership meeting. Mike, W7RIS, puts on an excellent presentation each month where we all learn a lot and are reminded of how great it is to be members of a club with so many talented people!

As of mid 2016, I have been appointed Emergency Coordinator for the ARRL ARES program in Linn County, Oregon. I am also an Official Emergency Station. Wow, I'm keeping busy! I've also recently passed the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Search and Rescue Initial Search Management course and am certified to coordinate search and rescue operations in Oregon. Thank you to the Linn County Sheriff's Office for helping me build my skills for their SAR mission!





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