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Christos vos-cres!             (Christ is Risen!)
Vo es-teemos vos-cres!
    (He is Risen Indeed!)


Well, I finally UPGRADED to AMATEUR EXTRA CLASS on 21 June 2016, 54 years after receiving my Novice license in 1962. 
After three months, I progressed to Technician (when both Novice and Tech licenses could be held), and six months later upgraded to General Class.  Shortly after the Advanced Class license was introduced I upgraded again.  For much of that time I have "endured" many (I choose to think, well-meaning) "hoots and hollars" from former students, despite my peak Morse Code speed of 30 wpm during my high volume traffic handling days.

Hopefully this will finally silence those crowing 'buds' from the many license classes I've taught over the years, some with many other great Elmers. This includes students from many successful  Novice test sessions in the last century (including 7 exams given to expatriates in Honduras in 1978) and many stateside VE sessions in more recent years.  I may have had nearly 1500 students over the years, many of whom are still active in our GREAT avocation. I am quite confident the more glib among them will continue to find ways to pull my chain.  I would be disappointed otherwise.

For now: HUSH UP, children.   And... most importantly... HAVE FUN PLAYIN' RADIO...!!! 
 


I am a founding Director, past multi-term Executive Director, Secretary, President, and Editor for the Association of Saints Church Radio Amateurs, Inc. (ASCRA), organized in 1973. I am currently, once again Secretary of ASCRA, continuing as contributing editor for my SKYWAVES column in ASCRA's IN SERVICE newsletter, and Trustee/CHOP for ASCRA's W0SHQ club station and repeaters in Independence, Missouri.

ASCRA is affiliated with the Community of Christ, http://www.cofchrist.org, International HQ in Independence, MO. See W0SHQ on QRZ.COM and http://www.ascra.org for more information about ASCRA, its nets, activities, chapters, and affiliations. W0SHQ international headquarters station is an operational remote base station using a Kenwood TS-480HX 200W transceiver feeding a Hy-Gain TH-6 yagi antenna at 90+ feet AG. Additional HF, VHF and UHF radios are on hand and installation modifications are being planned, including additional antennas, also at 90+ feet.

  • ASCRA operates the W0SHQ-R Echolink repeater node (#137303) RF-linked to its 146.13/.73 (no PL) repeater in Independence, MO. 
  • The ASCRA chapter in Lamoni, IA, supports the W0YO-R repeater node [#127318, Graceland University. ARC Trustee/Sysop N0ZY] RF-linked to the Lamoni ARA (K0ISA, president] AA0OS/R (Jon Barney) 147.96/.360 (PL 114.8) repeater, covering S&SW Iowa and N&NW Missouri.
  • Another Echolink repeater (#239712), KA0GFC/R 442.700+ (PL 77.0), is sponsored by ASCRA member Chuck Brady in Boonville, MO, of the Mid Missouri ASCRA chapter [Mike Thayer, KM0S, chapter president].


Weekly ASCRA Fellowship Nets:
40 Meter Net: 7.190 MHz, Sunday, 1430 CT -- 2030 UTC (1930Z during Central Daylight Time)
[May shift time to AFTER the 20 Meter Net if propagation warrants.]
20 Meter Net: 14.287 MHz, Sunday, 1530 CT -- 2130 UTC (2030Z during Central Daylight Time)
    (Be sure to tune up or down a few kHz in case NCS moves away from QRM or occupied frequency)

Echolink HF Shadow Nets coincide with the foregoing HF nets via *MISSOURI* Conference Node (#452514) and W0SHQ-R repeater node when it linked to the conference node 1400-1700 CT. These informal nets provide alternate communication channel for HF stations experiencing poor propagation or QRM with HF NCS and stations without HF privileges or antennas to fellowship during HF net times.
Echolink Come-&-Go Net is also held at 1630 CT on *MISSOURI* conference node & W0SHQ-R repeater node after the Shadow nets end. This net is very informal, rather like a calling frequency also.
2 Meter Nets (both with Echolink access):
    W0SHQ/R 13/73 (no PL) in Independence, MO, Sunday, 7:30 PM CT,
Echolink Node: W0SHQ-R, #127303
    AA0OS/R  147.96/.36 (PL 114.8) in Lamoni, IA, Sunday, 7:30 PM CT, Echolink node: W0YO-R, #127318

ASCRA Fellowship Net sessions may be occasionally streamed simultaneously by W0SHQ or other ASCRA stations.

WØSHQ QSL card requests must include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
c/o ASCRA Secretary (or to WA0EMX address as above)

P.O. Box 73
Independence, MO 64051-0073


I am also a proud member of the Raytown, Missouri (Kansas City metro) Amateur Radio Club (RARC). Our Class 2A Field Day Team often placed in the top 5-10 annually. We operate as a much more relaxed Class 1A in recent years, concentrating on demonstration and education more than scoring now... RARC sponsors the K0GQ 2M repeater on 145.17(-)(PL 151.4) with K0GQ-R EchoLink node (#403841) and a Yaesu Fusion dual-mode 70cm K0GQ/R repeater on 442.500 MHz.  Weekly RARC FM nets meets Sunday on the 2M repeater at 20:00 (8 PM CT) and Wednesday at 7 PM on the 70 cm repeater.  A Yaesu Digital Mode Net meets Thursday at 8 PM on the 70 cm repeater. A weekly FM swap net is held Sunday at 19:00 (7 PM CT) on the 2M repeater by W5LN. All local 2M and any EchoLink stations are welcome. See www.k0gq.com for more and up-to-date information about RARC. Kansas City metro Amateur Radio information can be found at www.kchamradio.com.

I was first licensed as Novice WN0EMX in December 1962, added Technician license WA0EMX the following March, when both tickets could be held simultaneously. Upgraded to General in September 1963. Subsequently upgraded to Advanced class in 1979 to silence the 100s of hooting graduates of Amateur Radio licensing classes, whom I taught in various local community venues, who had upgraded beyond General Class. Had not felt the need for those bottom 25 kHz on 80-40-20-15 meters to go after my Extra Class license for many years but am still an avid straight key CW op, although my code speed has dropped to about 18 wpm from the 30 wpm I had as a fairly high volume traffic handler years ago.

Have been, and in some cases still am, active in ARRL, ARES, DXCC, RCC, Storm Watch, ex-ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Johnson County (Iowa City) Iowa. Ex OBS, OPS, ORS, Net Manager, Former CONUS Central Area Army Mars NCS from Iowa and Missouri.  I coordinate repeater site access and maintenance with the Independence/Eastern Jackson County EOC where W0SHQ/R is co-located at Independence Fire Department (IFD) Station #1 across from the Truman Presidential Library.

Past President, Trustee and Chief Operator for W0YO, Graceland University Amateur Radio Club(1965-1973). Installed HR5ECM and operated WA0EMX/HR5 from La Buena Fe mission medical clinic, Honduras, while teaching Amateur Radio License classes and testing for Community of Christ and Nazarene Church missionaries there and in San Pedro Sula (December 1978).

Took early retirement in 2007 after 38 years as a programmer, database analyst/architect, and systems engineer when my position was outsourced offshore after 24 years with Sprint.

Interesting contacts made from my handi-talki via the Raytown, Missouri, K0GQ-R 145.17 MHz EchoLink node (#403841):
VQ9LA, Larry, Diego Garcia Island (middle of the Indian Ocean); Larry is from Grandview, MO, just south of Raytown.
M5BOP, Mark, Ipswich, UK (long time 20m and Echolink mate, ASCRA)
VK3LX, Warren, Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia (a long time 20M CW/SSB chum, ASCRA)
VK3AQN, Fred, [SK] Warranwood, Victoria, Australia (SK, another long time 20M CW/SSB chum, ASCRA)
VK2MRJ, Bob, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia (a new mate and EchoLink-er from down under)
HP3HSG, Hal, Panama (gave me a video tour of his home and surrounds via Webcam while we QSOd)
2E0LTH, Lee, Truro, Cornwall, England (just 20 miles north of the southernmost point of Great Britain),
member of POLDHU Amateur Radio Club - Marconi Institute.
VK4XMH, Mitch, Nanango, Queensland, Australia. Keeper of two yellow crested cockatoos and one frilled
lizard. (Did you really lizard-nap that "frizard" from Bindi Irwin, Mitch?)
VE3SCP Scott, Grand Valley, Ontario (long time ASCRA member with his own Echolink -L node)

Photos:
(L) Doug
WA0EMX operating First Annual ASCRA W0C Special Event Station at W0FEN on 06 APRIL 2008.
(R)Doug and finny friend enjoying piscatorial activities at Lago Confluencia,a 3/4 acre pond on

youngest daughter and son-in-law's 9+ acre ranchette in Kansas City, Missouri, near
the Chiefs Arrowhead and Royals (The K) Stadiums. Four pound Finny was released to breed more
Channel Catfish for future adventures. If caught again Finny will be invited to dinner,

or more accurately,TO BE dinner....
Most recent catch was a 17 inch large mouth bass at 3-4 pounds. Sorry no pix of that one,honest..!

Released it also, but not next time. 

(Daughter and family have since moved to a 11.5 acre farmlette in farNE Independence, MO, where they
reside with three horses, two dogs, a flock of chickens and a great antenna site!  I must get my 7 year old
grandson and 5 year old granddaughter licensed some time soon... And there is a larger lake right next door.)  


(I really should add some newer photos. These were taken during a weak moment, sans beard.)

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