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I am a husband and father. A dairy farmer by profession, a historian by vocation and a amateur radio operator. My wife Lois (N8GTI) and I have been married since 1970. We have two sons, Matthew (KC8ENN), twin grandchildren Reyna and Dante, grandson Brayden and granddaughter Christina. Our second son Scott and daughter-in-law Jessie and grandaughter Adalyn Rose.

I owned and operated a small dairy herd of registered Holstein cattle. It was a seven day a week business from 1963 until October 25, 2005 when I sold the cows. September 2007, I joined Inservco Inc. (now STACI) a PCB and electronic parts manufacturer, I was Inservco's shipping department.  Inservco lost much of it's business in 2014 and I was layed off.  So I  retired.

Lois is a LISW/MSSA (Licensed Independent Social Worker). She is co-owner of Plum Creek Associates, Inc. and provides counseling for troubled children, victims of trauma and young adults and families.

Matthew is owner of North Coast Wireless Communications ISP with many access points in north central Ohio.

Scott works at Target and Jessie is a manager at Wal-Mart and he is owner of Legacy Performance  He likes computers, video games, music and souping up cars. He and Jessie have a six year old daughter Adalyn Rose.

The twins are very active. Reyna is junior at Colgate University. Dante is a junior at New York University. Brayden a nine year old and is the apple of grandma's eye. He likes to ride, in parades, on his daddy's restored fire truck and play all sports. Christina a seven year old who loves swimming and soccer and is the first girl born in our family since 1895. Adalyn sometimes stays overnight at Grandma and Grandpa's

Researching and recording family (back to 1636 in America) and local history is a lifelong project which I will never complete. I simply have followed in the footsteps of those who came before me.  I enjoy building and restoring antique furniture and and other projects that feature old wood. 

I was first licensed March 20, 1973 as WB8PAT. I was into SWLing in the 1950s but never took the next step until, my friend and Elmer, Ken (K8TV ex WB8CQT) gave me the encouragement and the code practice to get my call.

The picture above shows the hamshack, our family farm and antenna farm. Left to right in the foregound is my hamshack, next the 6 (2x7) and 2 (6x12) meter EME arrays. Beams for 222, 432 and  Mhz are next to the shack. Then finally a 55' tower with a 3 element tribander and 30 meter dipole. Wire Vee dipole for 160 meters hang from the tower.  Dipoles for 17 and 12 meters are also hanging in the air.  I added a DX Engineering 30/40 meter vertical this past winter with 40 radials which works very well.

My interests have changed frequently over the years. VHF and UHF weak signal operation has been one constant. I have six meter WAS #410, two meter WAS #65 and WAC on both 6 and 2 meters. CQ WAZ #21 and CQ FIELD #20 on 6 meters and VUCC #231 on 6 meters now with 606 grids, VUCC #254 on 2 meters now with 505 grids, VUCC #33 on 1.25 meters now with 87 grids, VUCC#123 on .70 meters now with 82 grids and VUCC #129 on .23 meters now with 33 grids. I have DXCC #442 on 6 meters with 136 confirmed countries and DXCC #127 on 2 meters with 130 confirmed countries.

From 1974 through the early 2000s I was very active on 70cm and 23 cm Amateur Television as there when a number of stations here in Northern Ohio.  Unfortunately today there are no active stations within 70 miles of me.

I was active on 2 meter EME from 1980 thru 1989 and now again starting in 2003 using WSJT JT44 and now JT65 digital. I have worked several EME stations using 100 watts and a 2x12 element array. Currently I am using 6x12 and 300 watts and have worked, in total, 605 stations via EME. In 2006, became QRV on 6 meter EME using 2x7 element array using 7 quarter wave phasing lines, fed with 110 feet of 1 5/8 Andrews and KW.  I have 90 initial contacts and 17 new DXCC on 6 meter EME. I also have 20 EME QSOs on 432 Mhz with a very QRP station.

My current interests are DX on 6 meters, meteor scatter using WSJT on 2 meters and up, 2 meter EME using JT65,  and occasionally chasing DX on HF.  This past year I spent time on HF JT65 completing DXCC on 17, 20 and 15 meters.  I now have 6 band DXCC along with 10, 6, and 2 meter DXCC. 

When I left  the workforce, I thought I would have more time for Amateur Radio.  I was wrong!

My thought to remember about Amateur Radio: It's life and death in an emergency, otherwise, It's only a hobby!

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