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Trustee for BSA Troop 20 Amateur Radio Club (WS5BSA)

100 Watts and a Dipole...
Yaesu FT-920 160m - 6m SSB/CW/AM/FM/DIG
- Yaesu MD-100 Microphone
- Yaesu SP-8 Speaker
- LDG AT-100 ProII ATU
- 40-6 meter OCF Dipole at 32'
- 6m Moxon at 30'
- 6m Vertical Collinear at 34’
 
Yaesu FT-817 All Mode QRP Portable (home/camping/backpacking)
- W4RT One Big Punch Microphone Mod
- LDG Z-817H ATU (home and field day use)
- LDG Z-11 ATU (backpacking/SOTA use)
- Windcamp Gipsy Dipole (40 - 6 meter)
- Roll Up VHF/UHF J-pole
- Mirage B-34-G 35W all-mode amplifier (home 2M SSB/PSK31 use)
- 3-element VHF Yagi at 32’
- MiniPA50 45W HF amplifier (home and field day use)
 
Yaesu FTM-2980 2 Meter FM
- Dual 6m/2m phased 5/8-wave Dipole (v-pol)
 
Yaesu VX-7R Handheld (hiking/backpacking)
- Roll Up 6m J-pole
- Roll Up VHF/UHF J-pole
 

This page is set up more for my Scouts than anything else.  The Google Earth graphics are to show them what can be done with a modest station built around common equipment, second-hand radios and equipment, homemade antennas, and good operating practices.  DX is definitely more challenging, but it is also more rewarding.  I am the trustee and advisor to BSA Troop 20 Amateur Radio Club (WS5BSA - World Scouting Five Boy Scouts America).  I requested the WS5ADV callsign as the ADVisor to the club and because it is easy for my Scouts to remember.  I find that amateur radio absolutely supports Scouting's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and emergency preparedness missions.  It also adds an element of safety to many or our backcountry treks as cellular networks are still sparse in areas, but amateurs have put up very robust repeater networks in the areas that are lacking in cellular coverage.  Adding HF radio coupled with NVIS antennas in mountainous backcountry adds an even greater safety net to our treks and provides some fun activity at our campsites after a day of trekking.

Six meters is my favorite band because it is challenging and offers so many different propagation modes.  After I worked my first aircraft scatter, I was hooked.  Working meteor scatter set the hook even deeper!  What’s not to love about oddball propagation modes?  I used to work a lot of CW (25 gpm at my peak using a straight key), but I pretty much stick to voice modes now because I always prefer to hear another operator's voice.  I work opportunity DX due to the limitations of my station and my location and always appreciate the opportunity to chat with a DX station.

I really enjoy QRP operations with the Yaesu FT-817, which is a radio that continues to impress me.  Even with subpar antenna setups, I have talked all over the US, southern Canada, and Central America on 5 watts from Oklahoma.  My big DX catch with the FT-817 was a station in Finland on a campout with my Scouts - they were really awed!  The radio and basic accessories are compact and light enough to backpack with on 3-10 day treks.  My backpacking kit is designed roughly like the field commo set used by an ODA.  I use an 11Ah battery pack that weighs in at 12 oz and which gives me a full weekend with power to spare.  A 7W solar panel enables me to recharge while on the trail and will pack enough juice for several hours of operating from the day's campsite.  I have recently added the MX-P50M HF 45W amplifier for use at home and field day operations when we support district Scouting events.  I have also added a Mirage all-mode 35W VHF amplifier to extend the usefulness of my FT-817 and to enable me to "get my feet wet" with 2m SSB before I invest more money into my station.

I love hiking and backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking.  I have worn out many pairs of boots over the years in some far-flung locations, including central and western Alaska in winter, the gentle rolling hills of Korea (yes, that's a joke), the mountains and lowlands of Central America, and most recently Azerbaijan.  I have trekked the central portion of the Alaska pipeline and have logged many hundreds of miles on our National Trail system, in the Wichita Mountains, and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  I have trekked over 4,000 miles in my lifetime and have had the joy (and pain) of hiking sections of the Continental Divide, El Camino Real, Santa Fe, Ouachita, Natchez Trace, Trail of Tears, Pacific Crest, Iditarod, Lewis and Clark, North Country, Ice Age, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Appalachian National trails.  I have taken Scouts and Venturers to Philmont and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area numerous times.  I log an average of 100 - 150 miles each year hiking and backpacking with Scouting.  An annual High Adventure trek adds another 80-150 miles for the year.  I love our National Parks and scenic waterways and have put in my share of miles seeing them in the way intended by the founders - on foot or afloat!  Having recently gotten back into amateur radio, I take a radio on all my hikes and treks and try to make contacts from rest stops and campsites.  I look forward to combining my love of the outdoors with my fondness for this hobby over the coming years.  

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ORIGINAL CALLSIGN: KA5EMU (1976) Novice Class, 25gpm CW straight key

ORIGINAL RIG:  Home-built Heathkit HW-16, HG-10 VFO, Homemade Inverted-V Antenna

  

National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites I've Visited - if it was hikable or trekkable, I put in miles afoot or afloat:

                                                                                                                         

 

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