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Welcome to Mike's W5RST Page...

I was first licensed as a novice in 1969 with the call WN5AES, but was out of ham radio for a period during college and early marriage years. I started from scratch again in 1984 with a new novice call KA5UEO and slowly worked my way up the ranks to extra as N5JKY. My novice rig was a Heathkit HW-8 combined with a homebrew W1FB's "Boots"amplifier to give me a blazing 10W.  I tried NA5E as a vanity call for a while, but somehow it didn't fit. I recently changed my call to W5RST, which sounds pretty neat in CW (especially with a straight key) and has a historic Oklahoma connection (see below).

I work mostly CW and digital modes and run QRP about 90% of the time. Home-brewing my gear and test equipment is also a big passion of mine. Recently, I've also become active in Summits of the Air (SOTA), which I really enjoy since it combines radio with another love of mine, hiking. I'm oftern hanging out on the SKCC frequencies.  Hope to work you on HF soon.

You can follow me on APRS at W5RST-7 when I'm portable with my Yaesu VX-8GR.

73 de Mike W5RST

Clubs: QRP-ARCI #9057; NAQCC # 720; FISTS # 2626; SKCC # 85; A1 Club #2465; VKQRP Club #886 

ex-WN5AES, ex-KA5UEO, ex-NA5E, ex-N5JKY


20M MilliWatt Adventures

I recently built a homebrew VXO controlled single conversion superhet receiver for 20M; the frequency coverage is 14.032 to 14.064 MHz, which is respectable for a VXO.  It is a pleasure to use: it is as sensitive as my Yaesu FT-857 but much quieter.  The filtering is reasonably good as is opposite-sideband rejection.  Frequency stability is excellent.  I use the 4-State QRP Group Magic Box to match it to a 500 mW VXO-controlled 20M CW transmitter that is a Ramsey kit with a modified oscillator to eliminate chirp. One of my first QSOs was with Alaska, which launched my current WAS attempt at the milliwatt level.  The map shows my progress.

I am frequently joined by second op Galileo who thinks sitting on the telegraph key is being helpful.

 

Galileo monitoring W1AW code bulletin


Recent SOTA Pictures

Activating Pinos Altos Mountain in New Mexico for SOTA (W5N/PA-003), March 2013

Homemade single lever paddle, AA0ZZ EZKeyer, and Youkits HB-1B portable station

Wilson, my hiking partner, supervising the antenna set up.


A little tribute to the original W5RST

Ham radio history is often fascinating. When I decided to change my call from N5JKY to W5RST, I wondered who was the original W5RST back in the day when callsigns were not changed as frequently as socks. After a little digging, I was introduced to Dr. Will C. Crandall, W5RST. Doc Crandall, as he was known, was the director of the Veterans Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma as well as ARRL Oklahoma section manager, both back in the 1950s. Before that, he was a successful army doctor in New York and elsewhere. The picture below is Doc Crandall with his two sons, taken in the 1930s.

There was a humorous reference to Doc in the June, 1954 QST in the Strays: "Ever hear of the fellow who was RST 520? As noted by W1YYM, ARRL Oklahoma SCM W5RST has been W2RST and W0RST."

73, Doc!

 

 

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