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I was guest operator at RT3F, the club station of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City (Звёздный городо́к), 35 km NE of Moscow, Russia, in March and April 2017, operating as RA/WD9GET.

Contacts have been loaded to eQSL.cc and  LoTW.

A special QSL is available by mail. If I worked you from Russia and you desire a print QSL, please send your QSL card to my address listed here (SASE appreciated).

Look for more contacts from RA/WD9GET January - March 2018!


I'm currently a Flight Surgeon at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, supporting International Space Station missions, crew training, and future mission development.

I retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel (Flight Surgeon) after more than 28 years of service.

My Ham Radio interests include: SKYWARN, ARES, NTS (Digital Relay Station), digital modes, satellites


Kenwood TS-2000

RadioWavz Saturn 5-160 160 - 10 m fan dipole via an LDG Z100 tuner.

Tigertronics Signalink USB interface for digital modes.

AEA PK-232MBX (PACTOR 1) for digital traffic handling.

Dell Inspiron 15-3558 laptop for rig control and digital modes. Software includes Ham Radio Deluxe, FLDIGI, Airmail, RMS Express, UI-View32, and whatever else I'm playing with this week.

D-STAR: ID-5100ID-51a+, DVMega, DVDongle (usually monitoring REF030C).

DMR: Tytera MD-380 running MD380tools firmware 

First licensed in 1977 in Indiana

Past President of Purdue Amateur Radio Club W9YB.

Current member of Brazoria County ARES and Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club W5RRR.

Other hobbies: Amateur Astronomy, Medieval History (especially Science and Medicine), Scuba Diving, Weather, Space Weather.

Professional Societies: Aerospace Medical Association (Fellow), Society of NASA Flight Surgeons (Past President), American Socitey of Aerospace Medicine Specialists, Space Medicine Association, Wilderness Medical Society (Fellow), Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow).


I reached a milestone over the 2017 Field Day weekend: I took my Novice written test during Field Day in 1977. The club set up the station at the Chrysler High School football stadium. I had to sneak out of a summer program I was in so I could take my test (I wasn't supposed to leave campus). I pulled my license out of the mailbox as I returned home from the summer program on Aug 5 (though ads for QSL cards had arrived the previous week with my callsign on it.). By the time the following August arrived (1978), I had upgraded through Technician and General and received my Advanced just 2 weeks before starting at Purdue. This was back when testing sessions were run by the FCC and were only offered at my closest Regional office in Indianapolis once a quarter. It then took me 7 years to get to extra - the 20 wpm code was quite a hurdle, but I got it in 2 tries (one for the code, one for the written) completing the requirements in August 1985. I just renewed for another 10 years to get me to my 50th anniversary.


Weather at the shack*

Weather Underground PWS KTXALVIN24

*Davis VantageVue weather station feeding data to the CWOP network & Weather Underground 

Weather beyond the shack






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