Hello, thank you for visiting my Bio page. First off, you will hear me on the air use my middle name Dale instead of my first name that the FCC database shows. I've always been known by Dale, not Harlon. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused you.
I was first licensed in 1988. I've had several callsigns. My Novice and Technician callsign was KD4WZF, my Advanced callsign was KR4LH, my FCC assigned Extra callsign was AD4RI. I applied for a vanity callsign in 1996 and was assigned W5WI. Since I was born in Wisconsin I felt the WI pays tribute to my birth state. I was first licensed in Georgia but moved to Texas in 1995. Yes, to get my Extra license I had to pass 20 wpm Morse Code. I wish I had kept up with CW as I am now basically relearning it again. It was much easier 20 plus years ago... :)
My favorite operating modes are HF phone, CW and digital. I am trying different modes and so far RTTY is my favorite of the digital modes. You will hear me in DX pile ups on phone, digital and CW. After attending Contest University in Dayton just prior to the Hamvention last year, the contesting bug has bit me... So, listen for me in many contests! :-)
I've just finished putting up a 52 foot tower and I mounted a Tennadyne T-8 antenna on it. So far, I am extremely impressed with the T-8! I also recently purchased a used Yaesu FL-7000 amplifier. The first thing I did was to send it to Bill Grassa, N4ATS, Bill works exclusively on Yaesu FL-7000 amps and does the complete mods plus adds a 60watt power supply for a minimal fee. He did some additional work on my amp and sent it back to me within the week. I have nothing but praise for Bill!
I plan to put up a 75 foot tall Rohm 45 tower with my Force 12 C4XL antenna mounted on it, hopefully, before spring. I've been using an 80m loop that is working well for me, but to work DX I have learned patience... :)
In July 2015, I was appointed the West Texas Section Emergency Coordinator. The West Texas Section is larger than many eastern states and we have 89 counties in the Section. Many counties do not have a licensed amateur radio licensee and other counties have very few licensed amateurs. This makes this position both challanging and rewarding. Suffice it to say that we have a lot of ahead of us to make the Section fully responsive for emergency support.
In addition to my Section Emergency Coordinator duties I was also appointed as an Assistant Section Manager and assigned additional duties to further amateur radio in the West Texas Section of the ARRL.
In addition to my SEC duties I am activly chasing DX. My goal is to reach Number 1 Honor Roll, but that is a ways off...
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