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1938 Deluxe Marbelite w/thin dot stabilizer 1938 Deluxe Marbelite w/thin dot stabilizer

1936A S/N 5898 brass tag (For Bug Night and Straight Key night)

1936A base casting

Novice WN8FIB Columbus, Ohio 1962, age 12, Elmered in CW by Dusty Forgrave W8RNZ, (old spark-gap operator) Bob Robbins K8RGI supplied 6L6 MOPA homebrew transmitter for my novice transmitter. W8ELE supplied BC-348-N reciever and much encouragement as Scoutmaster of B.S.A. Troop 172 Thanks to Dan Umberger W8ZCQ for support of Troop 172.  Many thanks for parents' support in pursuit of electronics knowledge.  General class WA8FIB Columbus, Ohio 1963 Charter member Hilltop Amateur Radio Club 1962-3? Charter member West High School Radio Club 1962 Charter member Westmoor Jr High Radio Club 1963 Member. K5TYP 2 term President, Materiels Officer, Life Member Keesler AFB Amateur Radio Club 1970-1973. Many 2M rabbit hunts (fox), always active on field day. Meetings were 1/2 hour @ 1PM Saturday afternoon every week. We had 150 members military and civilian. Very active club. Arrived at KAFB in Biloxi August, 1969 after Hurricane Camille hit (Aug17) Several months cleanup before tech school could begin. 3390th Instructor Squadron. Airborne ECM. Thanks to W5BW Tom Braidwood (Whiskey Five Biloxi Wireless) for sharing history as Marconi Operator and photo standing on the feet of the Sphinx in 1920 during travel as ship's Marconi operator. Charter member and President of Union County Radio Club ca. 1974 University of Akron 1980-1985 BSEE Cum Laude, Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Florida radio club field days at Wickham Park 1985-1990. Thanks to Hans Sharla Nielsen for sharing story of his Lee DeForest Triodes found behind workbench, new-in-the-case, during move of General Electric in early 50s. Computer Sciences Raytheon PAFB/CCAFS 1990-1993 (lots of RF goodies) Lake County ARC W9LJ (Indiana) member 2004. After 42 years delay, upgrade to Extra October, 2004. After 44 years, new callsign.  2016 makes 54 years since first licensed. 

27 years railroad MOW (Maintenance of Way) contract experience with ~200 railroads in US, Mexico and Canada including rail grinding, track geometry measurement systems, track strength measurement systems, rail wear measurement, track measurement software development, R&D, five patents for track measurement systems.  Co-Founder and former VP of Advanced Rail Management Corp.  Seniour Development Engineer, Holland Company.  (https://hollandco.com/)  ISO17025 calibration management for mobile test laboratories.  IEEE member since 1983.  ASQ senior member.  AREMA member since 1995, AREMA Committee 2 member (Track Measurement Systems) since 1995.   Member Hoosier Valley Railway Museum.  (http://www.hoosiervalley.org/photos/)

Project Engineer Sutphen Fire Equipment, Amlin, Ohio 1967-1973 manufacturer of Aerial Towers and custom Engines (http://www.sutphen.com/).  Chief Engineer Malabar Fire Department, Malabar, Florida 1985-1994 supporting fleet of 11 pieces of fire fighting apparatus. Participated in construction of new Fire Station.  Fire suppression and rescue operations as Engine Company Lieutenant.  LZ training, Wildland Urban Interface training by Florida Divisioin of Forestry.  Florida 40 hour volunteer certified. Performed training classes for theory of operation of pumps, with the goal of promoting a working understanding of drafting limitations due to the laws of physics.  Several thousand acres of brush fire supprsession operations in conjunction with Florida Division of Forestry, Brevard County Sherriff, Melbourne and Palm Bay police and Fire Departments, Grant FD and Brevard County FD.

Started DXing on July 7, 2010 w/IC-746 running 60 watts with bad driver transistor and 102 ft long G5RV up 50ft in back yard oak trees.  100 entities in 6 months.  Later switched to K3 and later yet added KPA500 and KAT500.   P3 Panadapter w/USB large monitor adapter is essential for seriously taking on pileups.

Prefer CW operation for DXing

Ham Radio Deluxe performs logging, award tracking and DX cluster info functions.  Very good for motivation when you can see your awards in a simple matrix that shows progress.

Elmer Award.  See KC9TEW, Jeff in QRZ.com

QCWA #33741 DXCC MIXED #44,726, DXCC Phone #41,209, DXCC CW #12,952, DXCC 80m, DXCC 40m #6,183, DXCC 20m #4,726, DXCC 15m, DXCC 10m, 30m, 17m, 12m,

8BDXCC achieved in 4 years with G5RV and inverted L only.  500w Elecraft K-line mostly CW

Long way to go for 9BDXCC with 160m at 94 worked and 78 confirmed.

Challenge Award received with 1500 confirmed endorsement medallion.

Worked 1842 and confirmed 1591 for Challenge. Working on the 2000 endorsement.

Currently at 302 worked and 293 confirmed mixed DXCC

WAS 160m mixed #1,312

WAS 160m  CW #1,312 (ARRL apparently doesn't track CW vs Mixed)

WAS RTTY #1305  3Apr16

WAS Digital #1824  20Jul16

WAS Phone #3329  20 Jul16

Triple Play #1805  1Aug16

W1AW/P operations provided a good jump on triple play.


Field Day CW operator.  (Old Timers go to bed and put me on the night shift every year.  hi hi)

2016 Field Day  3rd place Indiana all classes and power levels out of 46 entries (NA9U)  Lafayette DX Assos. and Indy ARC too tough.  #21 overall in Class 2A low power out of 373 entries.

2015 Field Day 2nd place Indiana (NA9U)

2014 Field Day with 19 of us in the NA9U group running 2A.  Waiting on 2014 results in November.  This year we exceeded last year for second year running with over 2000 contacts.  2318 QSOs total with score of 8166 points.  Expected 2nd place or better in in Indiana 2A.  Finished 1st place Indiana in all classes and power levels out of 56 entries.  3rd place in Central division in all classes and power levels out of 156 entries.  1st place in Central Division in Class 2A low power out of 24 entries.

2013 Field Day with NA9U group running 2A. #2 Indiana all classes and power levels of 44 Indiana entries. #22 overall in 2A with 2025 contacts, 7120 points. First year over 2000 contacts..

2012 Field Day with NA9U group running 2A #2 Indiana 2A class  #3 Indiana all classes and power levels of 59 Indiana entries

2011 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A #1 Indiana

2010 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A  #1 Central Division, # 1 Indiana all power levels and classes.

2009 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A #2 Indiana

2008 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A #3 Indiana

2007 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A #4 Indiana

2006 Field Day W9LJ Lake County ARC 2A #5 Indiana

2005 Field Day W9EMA Lake County ARC RACES 2A #8 Indiana

2004 Field Day W9EMA Lake County ARC 1A #4 Indiana

2003 Field Day LCARC No log

2002 Field Day LCARC No log



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