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My wife got me interested in Ham radio in 2013 although my Father and Brother were both hams. Together Barbara and I both got our technician ticket together on June 29, 2013. Her call is KDØWAU. Since that time I have upgraded to general in August 2013 and to extra in April 2015. I am currently working on learning CW by first learning the code, working it on a J-38 straight key and MRP40.

I retired from The Boeing Company after 35 years working as a tooling and manufacturing engineer. It was a great job and I enjoyed every day! Being a tool and manufacturing engineer gave you the oportunity to work on several projects at Boeing. I worked on every commercial jet program Boeing builds plus the B-52 and helped to restore a B-29 called "Doc" back to flying condition.

​My wife and I are both members of Butler County CERT in Augusta, Kansas. We both share the roll as net control for CERT weekly communications and during disaters, emergencies and special community events.  

My main ham shack at home for HF is a Yaesu FT-2000 and I use an Yaesu FT-7900 for 2m. I have a passion for CW but on some rare occasions I will be on phone. 

My shack is in the basement and I use an alpha delta DX-EE (40-10 meter) about 20 feet up and another antenna called a grasshopper, (80-10 meter) for HF. I also have a Commet GP-9 vertical for 2m. I am planning to install a Apha Delta DX-LBPLUS 160-10 meter dipole this fall when the weather gets a little cooler. Hi hi.

My wife and I do the Kansas QSO party from Teter Rock which is a ghost town called Teterville about 11 miles east of Cassoday, Kansas. We use our Yaesu FT-857 for phone and CW and a Yaesu FT-817 for digital. For antennas we use a two home brew dipole antennas 20 meter and 40 meter. Both are placed on expandable fiberglass poles about 25 feet high. We also will be using a vertical HFV-21 "Grasshopper" 80 thru 10 meters made by Loops and Moore. When in the portal mode I use 50 to 70 watts of power on the radio working off two Goal Zero batteries at 150 and 400 watts. The 150 battery is charged by six Goal Zero 20 watt solar panels and the 400 watt battery is charged by two 30 watt panels.

Building antennas and other forms of equipment seems to be my favorite part of the ham radio hobby. Two years ago, I finished building an aluminum frame to hold my FT-817 radio. The frame is riveted together using 3/4" aluminum angle, powder coated and is placed into a dry box. It is complete with an internal battery with the option of plugging in an external battery, solar charger and a dc charger. The last item I added was an accessory plug for plugging in LED lighting for night operations. I have since added a location for a J-38 key.

My other hobbies include HO model railroading, riding on railroad section cars and just a few years ago I restored a 1971 Fairmont section car.

This is Teter Rock, a bluff in the Kansas Flint Hills in a place called Teterville. Teterville is a ghost town long gone but it is a great place to make portable calls during the Kansas QSO party which is held the last weekend in August. This was our second year and we plan to be there in 2017 with the call Whiskey-Zero-Tango! This is our special place in Kansas we often visit.

 

This is our portable ham shack at Teterville at Teter Rock just 11 miles east of Cassoday, Kansas in the Flint Hills. Beyond the ridge is several wild mustangs.

At Teter Rock we operate our radios on portable battery power. We charge the batteries with solar panels made by Goal Zero.

The Flint Hills is home to several thousand wild mustangs. These mustangs are part of a program run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and can be seen right in front of our portable Ham shack at Teter Rock.

This is my go box I buit two years ago using my Boeing engineering and tooling skills utilizing a Yaesu FT-817 radio, Z817 tuner, rigrunner and a security system 7 Amp hour battery. The entire station weighs 14.7 pounds. The frame is riveted aluminum angle and powder coated. Lately I have modified it adding a J-38 key just below the tuner.

I rebuilt this Fairmont motor car in three years from 2002 to 2005 completely from the ground up. It has an Onan CCKB 20 horse engine with two speeds forward and reverse. Top speed is 33 MPH. Two persons can comfortably ride with a third person sitting on the engine housing. The car was originally built in 1971 and used by the Union Pacific railroad near Portland, Oregon. I found it in a junk yard and paid $2,200. It is completely NARCOA operational and I probably spent about $5,000 on new parts to get it there. Check out narcoa.org for additional photos and inormation on these little cars. Yes, there is a hobby on those cars too! 

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope to talk to again soon.

73

Wayne Schlueter

KDØWAT

 

 

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