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My XYL Joyce, WB9NUL and I live in the tropical south tip of Texas near the border with Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico.

We live in a rural farming area. The main crops here are citrus, sugar cane, cotton, sesame, vegetables, corn & sorghum.

Our ham station is in the northeast corner of our great room next to a sliding door out to the lanai and courtyard.

We use an Elecraft K3s transceiver  with diversity receive capability. We have an Elecraft P3 panadapter & a KPA500 amp

plus a Tokyo Hi-Power 2.5 kfx amp. We also have a TenTec Hercules 420 solid state amp. We have a number of QRP rigs for low power fun and a third independent rig on the desk consisting of an IC7000 and MFJ993 autotuner.


The main antennas are a 565' loop at 60' and a top loaded 82' vertical, Minooka Special style. A remotely controlled

matcher/tuner at the base allows the vertical to be used on all HF bands. We use an MFJ998 autotuner for the

open-wire fed loop on all bands. We have a small 6 meter tuner to use the loop on that band.


Below: We have a 4 element HI-Z receiving array. It is an 80 foot square configuration. It is exceptionally effective on 160, 80, & 40 meters

                                                                                     Above:  Box contains the HI-Z phase switching unit


Below: My XYL has an IC706 and homebrewed antennas on her Chevy Equinox. I have an IC706 and Flying Saucer antennas on my old Grand Marquis. Shown is the 7 band stack, 10 thru 40 meters.


A secondary station with a TS850s and a TenTec Hercules amp is in a seperate building near the antenna test stand.


I have held W9UCW since 1954 when I was in 8th grade in Joliet, Illinois. I have always favored 160, 80, & 40 meters, in that order.


My wife Joyce, WB9NUL is a county hunter and a past President of The Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club.

She has operated a number of radio contests and she is a world class needle arts person.


We answer QSL's any way the get to us but expect SASE's for direct cards.


What follows is small sample of past station setups, memorable people, places & activities. I made 20 trips to Central & South America and enjoyed Ham Radio with friends on every trip. I've been a casual DXer on 160 meters for over 60 years. I do a lot of antenna measurements and experiments and give antenna programs at clubs and conventions. I have published the results of measurements of the performance of shortened loaded antennas in QEX, in the first and second issues of 2014.


Above: The changing station in Minooka Illinos.

Below:When we first married, we had this home on 2.5 wooded acres in Channahon Illinois. The station was in the lower level of the house.

Above: Joyce, WB9NUL chasing counties from the deck & controlling the station downstairs in Channahon, Illinois

Below: Barry operating as W9UCW/HK0 at the Bahia Marina, San Andres Island


Below: That year the antenna was a palm tree supported Minooka Special. By the way, that's not me climbing the tree.


Barry operating HK0BKX                                                                                  Joyce operating at Field Day


                                                                                            Rolf at his station, PY1RO, 20 miles west of Rio,1978


      I took this of Fred, PY2XB in 1978 at his station                           Ron, Sonia, Rolf PY2RO and Fred PY2XB in 2015




Below: Aki, JA5DQH and his friend Tom visited us at our home in Illinois in the mid 80's.

A large group of us drove over to Ohio to visit with W8GDQ, W8ANO and others in the area. Stew, W1BB came from Boston to join the fun.



Andy Devine, WB6RER was working in a stage play in Joliet in the 70's.

We set up a rig in a motor home behind the theater and he joined us for

several hours, operating on the local repeaters and spinning tales.




The first "160 Meter reunion was held at our place in Minooka Illinois in 1968

On our way home from San Andres in 1973, Herman, HK1QQ put four of us on a cargo plane in Barranquilla for afree ride back to Miami. Johnny, WB9AOX, his young son, my daughter Jane and I enjoyed that adventure.

I have always enjoyed building gear. I have built receivers, transmitters, amplifiers, transverters, about 60 antenna tuners, repeaters,

diplexers, lots of antennas and other assorted gear. I also enjoy woodworking and have built a lot of furniture & hundreds of small items.


I'm very prowd of having won two cover plaque awards for QST articles in the '70s. Here is a list of my articles published by the ARRL.

QST, Dec. 1974 "The Minooka Special" Includes exerps from my worldwide 160 antenna survey.

QST, Jan. 1976 Strays, "Ultimate, Ultimate Transmatch?"

QST, Nov. 1976 Hints & Kinks "Electronic Bias Switching Revisited"

QST, Jun. 1977 "Weak Signal Reception on 160- Some Antenna notes"

QST, Oct. 1984 Hints & Kinks, "Hairpin Match for the Colinear, Coaxial Array"

QEX, Jan. & Mar. 2014 "Actual Measured Performance of Short Loaded Antennas" parts 1&2

QST, May 2017 "Flying Saucer Resonators for the HF Bands" Addl. info in "QST in Depth"


I hosted the 160 meter Hospitality Suite at Stoufer's for several years during Dayton Hamventions.


      Saw lots of old friends at the Dayton Hamvention in 2016


                Jon, AA1K, Barry, W9UCW, & Dave, AA0RS, ex-G3SZA at the TopBand Dinner-Dayton


                    John, G3PQA and Barry, W9UCW at the TopBand Dinner-Dayton


                         Jay, HP3AK, Barry, W9UCW, and Mike, W9MK at the food court-Dayton, 2016


Victor, who had helped with our first contest setup on San Andres, flew back to the states with me a few years later to attend to some business and go to the Tropical Jamboree.

Stew was a long time close acquaintance. I built a receiving antenna for use with his station at the water tower in Winthrop, Mass.

I'm fifth from the right end. High school years.


Barry, W9UCW & Moose, W9YYG (SK)                                         Victor, HK0AI (SK) & Pacho, HK0BKX (SK)


Field Day in New Lenox, Illinois in the 60's. K9SKX, Bob operating W9OFR/9. (Old Fat Rascal) Joliet ARS.

Hammarlund Super Pro receiver, a Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter with a 2E26 in the final to run in the 30 watt class and a Heathkit phasing type single sideband adapter. We made 600 contacts with that junk and used paper logs and checksheets.... imagine!

Joyce, WB9NUL on Johnny Key, San Andres Isla Joyce, WB9NUL & Justo, HK0COP


W9UCW & WB9NUL getting married on a walking bridge over a canal called "Lincoln's Folly" in a forest preserve near Channahon, Illinois, Friday the 13th of June, 1980.


WB9NUL & W9UCW on that same walking bridge 32 years later. "What time hath wrought."



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