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Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my QRZ.com page.

I live in Brownsburg Indiana,15 miles west of downtown Indianapolis.

I first became interested in radio when I was very young. CB radio as a kid that is where I got my start and in no way am I ashamed of it. I had a lot of fun with a great group adult mentors in my youth that taught me a lot about radio and bonding lifelong friendship through radio. I was given a pair of walkie talkies for my 9'th birthday and I was hooked on radio from that time on. It just fascinated me as to how a person could talk into a piece of  plastic and from there it went out a metal antenna and then magically became invisible and went through the air to be reversed by another of the same thing on the receiving end. It still amazes me today. From there I got a bicycle handlebar mounted AM/CB radio receiver that transmitted on CB channel 14. I'd ride my bike for hours on end listening to people talking on the CB band and try to talk to anybody that I could on channel 14 which wasn't many because it only had about 100 milowatts of transmit power with a fully charged 9 volt battery. Fortunately that was back before channel 14 became the home of illegally powered super over modulated stations here in the US which was a shame because it was the only frequency low power walkie talkies could transmit on without having to be 18 years old and obtain a citizens band license. When I was 13 I convinced my father to get a his CB license so that I could use it to operate a CB base station from our home. He was in no way interested in radio. I was able to cut grass and do other odd jobs for our neighbors and was able to save enough money to buy a 23 channel mobile CB and a power supply and a cheap ground plane antenna. At 13 years old I was on top of the world or so it felt at the time. From there I strived to build my station as best I could afford purchasing my first SSB base radio transceiver when I was 14. A whole new world opened it's door to me literally. With a much better antenna, (HyGain-Gain Super Penetrator 5/8 wave ground plane)  I started to hear stations from other states and then sometimes even other countries. That's how I learned of Ham radio. A short time later I found out that a neighbor on the next street over had a ham radio station and I became friends with him and would go to his house and listen to his radio. I really owe him alot. much. He gave up countless hours of his time mentoring and just letting me sit with him and watch and learn all I could. He was my Elmer when I was just a teenage boy and became my very best and longest friend. I will never forget all the times we spent just wasting gas driving around looking for towers and antennas. Mike was my tower guy before I lost my fear of heights. After that I began doing all my own tower climbing. I have installed many towers and antennas for other radio ops over the years eventually becoming Mike's tower guy when father time made it impossible for him to do it for himself anymore. Funny how all of that came full circle. Mike, N9LRH became a SK on May 17,2014 loosing his four year battle to a rare lung disease, (he never smoked a day in his life). Now looking back I don't think I ever really told him how much I enjoyed just being with him and how he changed my life and what he meant to me as a friend. I will never forget you Mike!! 

I've retired from all of the labor intensive things like hand digging 8 feet deep holes which was required for my Tri-EX LM-470 tower. I still do light tower and antenna maintenance for a few friends and for the ones that I've installed over the years.  

When I turned 16 I got my first car and discovered girls and you know the rest of the story. Immediately everything else took a back seat in life. I was married and had bought a house before radio once again became possible. It wasn't until I turned 27 that I got my ham license but once that I did I've been active ever since. I am currently a VE with the ARRL and have participated in several license testing sessions. I get a lot of joy out of seeing participants passing their exams and obtaining their license, especially the children.

I've always had a fascination for towers and antennas experimenting with many different designs over the years. I've come a long way from my first walkie talkie and have since owned many high end radios and antennas since becoming a ham including two different Icom IC-7800's, and a Yaesu FTDX-9000D. I now own a Yaesu FTDX-5000D which I prefer to any radio I have ever owned. Not one single thing about it but really everything in general just suits me.

Well enough about all of that. Now for today. I have until just recently mostly been interested in ragchew with a few friends on 10 meters. I have now really became interested in chasing DX and working towards DXCC and such. I have gotten a late start of it and I know that real qsl cards are quickly becoming a thing of the past but please if you can I really enjoy getting your qsl cards from everyone that I have had the pleasure of communicating with so if possible please send me your card. I really appreciate and have plans to display them all proudly.

I have in the last decade or so been collecting as many of all the different radios that were my very firsts such as my first walkie talkie, mobile CB, base CB, SSB CB, HT, VHF radio, HF radio, microphones and such and have nearly completed my history collection which I display in my shack. I'm still looking for a couple of items to complete the collection. I'm happy to say that I've now obtained probably the radio that made the greatest impact in my love of radio. A Fannon model Spokesman 1 bicycle handlebar mounted cb/am broadcast reciever with channel 14 transmit.

I am very thankful for all the friends I have made through my hobby and have had the pleasure of communicating with from all over the world.

73, Darrell  W9WO

 

This is my current shack configuration.

Main rig is a Yaesu FTDX-5000D. An Icom IC-9100 is my HF back up rig and is also used for 2 meter SSB. The antenna tuner is a Palstar AT-Auto. Rotor controller is a Green Heron Engineering RT-21 connected to a Prosistol Big Boy PST-2051 on the tower. Watt meter Is a Telepost LP-100A. Computer is a Dell with an Acer glossy 23" HD touch screen monitor. Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station. I also have a Icom IC-706MK2G for portable and for mobile use.

The Yaesu FTDX-5000D is my favorite rig of all time so far. Even with vertical white line problem that comes and goes in the 3 small oled displays. I'm waiting for all 3 to go bad before tearing the radio apart to replace them all. Rumor has it that Yaesu is providing free repair and/or providing new oled's for DIY replacement out of warranty due to the known problem. I've now experienced failure of all 3 oled's and Yaesu has indeed provided the replacements free of charge out of waranty. I'll be replacing them soon.

My current antenna setup consists of an array of 5. Starting at the top of the mast is a HyGain SPT-500 5/8 wave vertical tuned for 10 meters. Below that is a Cushcraft 13B2 horizontally mounted for 2 meter SSB. Next is a homemade 6 meter horizontal loop for 50 MHZ SSB. A Mosley Pro57-B-40 is now in the air and is getting unsolicated good signal reports. It replaces my 1971 vintage Mosley TA-33 that was still going strong when I took it down. I got it from the original owner along with the sales receipt showing the purchase date as March 1971 and a price of $137.00. The SWR on the Pro 57-B-40 is below a 1.7 to 1 on all bands at it's highest point with a good curve centered on each band and is near flat in the middle. 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, and 40 meters with one antenna. EXCELLENT!!! All of this sits on a 70' Tri-Ex  LM-470D motorized crank-up tower. At 55 feet up on the tower I have a Buckmaster 3KW OCF dipole for 6-80 meters which works very well.

I'll be adding pictures of the new shack equipment soon.

My recently acquired Fannon Spokesman 1. It's a bicycle handlebar mounted AM broadcast/AM CB reciever with channel 14 transmit. I had one of these on my 20" Schwinn Stingray bike when I was 11 years old. It was no doubt the radio that made the biggest impact in my love of radio. It's my most cherished item in the collection of my radio history. 

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