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Hello, 

My Name is Del (WW2MI), aka (WW-WHO-AM I) - for some reason – Thanks Jay…..
I live in Oakland Township Michigan, Approximately 30 miles north of Detroit in the USA.  
I currently work as a Project Manager for KUKA Systems North America.  
My main emphasis is Electrical Controls Engineering and Project Management for the automotive industry working primarily with FCA over the last 20 years.

I have always been intrigued by radio.  At a young age I was given a radio that someone said would not work anymore.  Well I took it apart and got it working and found out it also had a shortwave radio band, along with aircraft (imagine that).  I was pretty intrigued by this and spent many late nights and early mornings listening around the world (actually years!).  I moved into CB and the 11meter world in the late 70’s early 80’s.  I have always been more of a technical radio operator not too inclined to rag chew....unless of course you were talking about computers, Ham Radio, some huge weather event, programming anything etc…   After being in the SKYWARN world for more than ten years I wanted to move into the Oakland County ARPSC and support more through SKYWARN and decided to retire my 11m equipment.  Really glad I did this I am surrounded by some great Amateur Radio Operators with years of experience beyond what I could have ever imagined and I’m very, very thankful for that.  Thanks Don (WA8E) – Ray (KC8LDN) and Wayne (W8WAC) Getting more into contesting with help from Pete (K8PGJ) Thanks Pete - Many contesting accolades is his radio history!

I am currently working on learning CW not too bad at sending at a rate of 15wpm, but decoding is another story and still about 0.5 wpm here….  (Hi Hi) Truthfully…  I have actually started to transmit on February 11, 2018 calling a few CQ's on 160m.
so if some of you are here hearing me would love an email, but would like to hear you S L O W L Y on CW!

I took my Technician Amateur Radio Operator license exam on April  16, 2016 and was impatiently waiting to get on the air.  I remember the day quite well.  I had dragged my wife out of bed early that day and drove to Flint to take my exam.  I’m sure she was thinking I was crazy and wondering what this was all about….  I’m am lucky for all the support I receive from her.  During the long wait and admit it was an excruciatingly painful period, my ticked finally arrived (KE8DZD), During that waiting period I studied for my General and Extra and passed both of them one week later on April 23, 2016.  I was an Extra before I even got my Technician ticket!!!  On the extra exam the examiner said to me “Do you want to know how many questions you got wrong?”  “Of course” I said, and he followed “Well I can’t tell you, all I can say is there’s nothing to talk about”  Great Experience from the Lapeer Michigan Club.  (I'm sure 38 years of experience and education in my field contributed to the accelerated exam times.) wink

I am currently registered as a VE with the ARRL as of May 2016.  My hope is to get others involved in my local area so that we can expand our circle of Amateur Ham Radio Operators  and offer area Amateur Radio Operators local place to test.

I am currently exploring Digital Modes such as D-Star, I have a DVMega running a KB5RAB build which I use with my Kenwood D74 and Icom-5100A.  I enjoy working with raspberry PI and different OS operating systems, Fusion and DMR/ DMR-Brandmeister

I am looking to deploy a D-Star Repeater in the Troy/ Warren Michigan area in the near future if plans work out.  I really do enjoy D-Star while the HF and Med Frequency bands are not cooperating.  Currently working on a raspberry pie with CentOS and trying to construct an X Reflector for D-Star.

My Awesome XYL Roberta (K8NET), in her support for me and my radio hobby has also joined my passion and obtained her ticket in late May 2016, and in May of 2017 has obtained her General Ticket - What an honor for me!  I also have two girls whom are already out on their own, and a wonderful son-in-law Tim (KE8EJR) - One Daughter studying for a Technician License – GO DONNA!
Roberta and I are both Members of the Oakland County ARES and RACES, and actively involved with SKYWARN. 
(www.arpsc.com) K8NET and I both are Net Control Operators for our group.  We have both completed our FEMA certifications and most recently completed our AUXCOM Class – Looking forward to COM-L and COM-T in the very near future.  We are also part of the GMARC club in Detroit Michigan, USA - (www.gmarc.org).

My Current Radios consists of;
Yaesu – FT-991 which I use as primarily 70cm and occasionally 2m and as a HF back-up
Yaesu – FTDX3000 for my base HF Radio
Yaesu – FT7900 XYL’s F-150
Yaesu – FT-70D – Hand Held
Icom-5100A - in my Jeep
Kenwood - D74A – Hand Held
And (2) MD-390 DMR radios that we use for Oakland ARES and RACES/ SKYWARN

My very small antenna farm consists of;
A QSO King End Fed Antenna mounted on the second story of my home running out 117’ to an evergreen tree in my back yard.  The counterpoise is connected to approximately 80’ of gutter on the second story.

A Diamond CP-5H Mounted on my Shack Roof

And a Diamond X-200A for 70cm and 2m

 

Places you can typicall find me are;

·        D-Star - REF024C and REF030C
·        146.900  W8OAK
·        443.55 Warren Double Nickel
·        443.55 Bad Axe Double Nickel North
·        160m 1.840 and 75/80m whatever is hopping!

Kind regards
Del - 73!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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