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Hello from smack dab in the middle of Michigan.   My interest in ham radio started way back in the early 70's, as my grand dad was a ham most of his life and right up till his passing.  Some of the fondest memories of my youth, were watching him work the key, "talking" to people from all over the world. (Learned alot about national and international geography in that radio room).  Although it took me 40 years to get to this point,  I never lost the desire to be a ham.  My grand dad not only sparked my interest in ham radio, but he also was a driving force in the concept of trying to  learn something new everyday.  I was fortunate that his original call sign was available and as a tribute to him, I took the vanity call shortly after getting my ticket.

One of my first area of interest in ham radio was getting on the satellites.  In the wee hours of the morning on October 15, 2015,  and with the help of a patient N2PPL, I was able to make my first contact on SO-50. At that time I was using a Baofeng UV  5R with a 15 inch whip,  ( can you say contortionist).  Since then I purchased an Arrow II and have worked 141 grids.   Not as active on the sats as I once was, but will still give it a listen from time to time.

  I was fortunate, in that I began my HF experience on the weekend of the 2014 ARRL 10 meter contest, and was able to work 56 countries in my first 2 days.  On 2/26/15,  I upgraded to my General class ticket. On 2/27/15, I worked Juan Fernadez Island, making it my 100th entity worked and all within the Tech area of 10 meters.  I kid my radio club friends, that I did it the "Old School" way. 

I also enjoy, (weather permitting) activating lighthouses along the Great Lakes shorelines for fellow lighthouse chasers and chasing them back.  I am also a SOTA chaser and thank those that work SOTA for the chance for me to work your stations.

As of late, I am enjoying another facet of amateur radio by using the digital modes.   Don't get me wrong, I still like chasing DX via phone, but digital  is a nice break from the rude shoutings at the pile ups and my wife doesn't have to hear my call sign over and over again hi hi .  I am pleasantly surprised at the distant DX that I can get using 35-50 watts into the Hustler 7 BTV.

My Station consists of the following:

Yaesu FT 857 with and LDG YT-100 tuner for portable work and lighthouse activations into an Alpha EZ Military antenna ( one amazing antenna, I have gotten into VK land using it and 50 watts from my back porch)

My base station consists of a Kenwood TS 590 SG and an Icom 730 (handed down from my uncle) into a Hustler 7 BVT ground mounted with 32 radials.    I used the IC 730 until I upgraded to general,  it is still a work horse and I occasionally use it during pile ups on phone, as I can squeeze about 130-135 watts out of it.

I am a ragchewer by nature and enjoy listening of others experiences.  There is so much history and stories wanting to be told, sitting behind some of those mics, that I think its a shame to just give and get a signal report and move on.  I know that has its place in the chasing of DXpeditions,  but sometimes I just like to slow down and sit and take in some of that history.

I have a myriad of interests including beekeeping, Great Lakes freighter chasing,  primitive camping,  chasing the Aurora Borealis,  gardening, hunting, fishing, train travel,  I think I have raised every form of livestock and fowl out there,  I once raised and raced homing pigeons in organized club races ( you'll never know how hard it was finding running shoes that small)  :)  .  I am sure there will be more to add to the list as I retired at the end of 2014 with  30 yrs behind bars (  I worked in the correctional field) .   

I QSL thru EQSL, QRZ, LOTW and Direct.  I still get as big a thrill walking back from the mailbox, as I did as a kid at my grand dad's, with a big stack of QSL cards.  No return postage needed.

My OMISS # is 10057 and Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society #1924

Hope to see you somewhere down the log or on the waterfall,

73   Bill



Set up to work an SO-50 pass on 29 October 2014, from the north side of the Mackinaw Bridge in EN75


Working SO-50 from Point Iroquois Light EN 76

Set up to work SO-50 from Point Iroquois Light EN76

On April 12, 2015, I activated the (left) Point Iroquois Light USA 624 and the (right) Mackinac Point Light USA 463

From the top of Point Iroquois Light, looking west 04/12/15.

On August 19, 2015, I activated the Charlevoix South Pierhead Light, USA 156. The light is located in Charlevoix, MI.










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