I took up ham radio in the early 1960's. Two dedicated hams, Willard Peterson and Johnny O'Dell, held classes for radio theory & Morse code. I was 12 at the time. I passed the Novice exam and several months later I received my General ticket, WAØFCM. In 2013, I became an Extra class operator. I decided in 2016 to obtain WA9TT, and give up my long-time call, WB9KMW.
My main interest is SSTV. I operate 20m, 30m-Narrow and have a 10m SSTV beacon on 28.680 MHz. My ham web site is visited many times each day by hams around the world to view a collection of SSTV cams. Here is the latest image I have received on 14.230 MHz.
Another interest is 'sport radio.' This involves Summits on the Air (SOTA) and also VHF+ activations in Wisconsin, often from atop lookout towers. I am equipped to operate 6m, 2m, 125cm, 70cm, 33cm, 23cm and 13cm. I make SSB, CW and digital contacts, eg, using FSQ or PSK31. On occasion I join in VHF+ contests.
The summit at Timms Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin at 1,951' ASL. I completed a SOTA W9/WI-001 VHF+ activation on top of the lookout tower.
I hiked the equivalent of 32 stories with 50 pounds of radio gear to the ledge at Gibraltar Rock. Here is my loop Yagi for 1296 MHz and ELK log periodic antenna which I used in vertical polarization that day on 2m.
On the lookout tower at High Cliff State Park I operated on 70cm.
During a beautiful fall evening, I worked the 70cm Sprint from a harbor next to Lake Winnebago.
My AN Wireless tower and antenna system was captured with a DJI Phantom II quad-copter that reached a height of 72'. You will see the Force 12 C-3 Yagi rotate near the end of this video.
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