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You may think you're boring, but I don't. 

I want to hear about your family, your career, your military service, your ham-life, your other hobbies, what it's like where you live, or crazy stuff you've lived through. Give me something that helps me remember you.   

SKCC #10421-T.  Talk CW to me anywhere between 5 and 25 wpm.  

If you're ever on the Cheyenne Reservation in S.E. Montana (Hwy 212 between mile 15 and 51) give me a holler on my simplex repeater:  146.580, PL 67Hz.


Emergency physician for Indian Health Service. Ham since 2012.  Extra license in 2014.

I live on a ranch on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Four kids grown and gone.

I do about 95% of my radio time on CW. I love the work-out it gives my brain, and I love how it slows down and calms the pace of my thoughts and conversations.

Most active on 20 and 40m. I also like 30m and 17m (especially as a refuge on contest weekends).  Sometimes on 80m.   

I'm a big fan of simplicity, so I work hard on perfecting my antennas so I can run tuner-less 95% of the time.  

I would rather have an interesting QSO with someone rather than just chasing contacts for the sake of logging something.

Radio interests: mountain-top radio operations, QRP, emergency communications, CW, experimenting with antennas.  

Other interests: climbing, kayaking, back-country skiing, trail-building, mountain-biking, hiking, solar power, emergency preparedness, songwriting, tiny-houses, construction, and working to protect the land you see in this picture:

This is my ranch and wildlife preserve on the Northern Cheyenne indian reservation, as seen from Kinorkolis peak.  We're surrounded by 5-10 miles of wilderness.  



In 2016 I built a radio base on top of Firefoot Peak.  We call it The Treehouse.  It took 14 days to excavate the rocky site with a hoe and a rake. Building took 9 months, and all the materials had to be shuttled up a 20 degree slope with a 4-wheeler.  It took around 100 trips to the summit to build the Treehouse, about half on foot and half on ATV.  

There is virtually NO ham presence in this region, so I had to get up high to reach nearest repeaters at about 60 and 80 miles away.   

Being at 3900 feet gets me 2 meter contact with the MT and WY linked repeater networks, and makes a nice QRP hang-out to ragchew on 20m and 40m CW.

It's a great place for sleepovers, picnics, kite flying, star-gazing, and playing radio as well as being an emergency communications base.  The upper deck is hinged so it can tip up to become a 4-person lawn-chair for watching stars.  The crate of rocks is partly visual camouflage and partly an antenna base for hamsticks. I have views of about 2-4 miles from up here.  In the 2nd picture you can see my daughter Annie (KG7KZM) and my son-in-law, Logan flying the quad-copter that took these photos.  

The Treehouse is powered by two 100w solar panels.  Power storage is one 200Amp-hour AGM battery.  

The single panel sitting by itself is the simplex repeater that I put up in 2013.  It's been invalueable in keeping in touch with home while on the road or in the back-country, and also for keeping in touch with my fellow neighbor/firefighters during our many wild-fires.  


It had to be a very low structure so as not to be visible from the road.  Its cozy size makes it easy to keep warm with a Little Buddy heater.  

The Treehouse is a great place to spend the night.  There are cabinets in the headboard for supplies, food and the electrical system and battery.  There's a wind-tunnel between the pillows for ventillation.  An RV vent-fan in the wall at the other end of the bed draws a nice breeze through the tunnel when you're sleeping in hot weather.  In winter, you can stuff a pillow in it.

I have a Baofeng UV-5R to keep in touch with the ranch and listen to FM radio on, a TYT 9000-D 2 meter 65w radio to hit the linked repeater systems in WY, MT, and a Yaesu-FT-817 for CW ragchews on 20 and 40m.  I can also cook in here with a Jet-Boil stove.  There's a removable window quilt for warmth, and a steel hatch on the outside to cover the window when I'm gone.   


Here's Lame Deer, MT, capitol of the Cheyenne Nation.  We live about 9 miles outside of town.  


Here's a little look at my past life. Lots of good memories from my paramedic/rescue days in New Mexico.



I built this solar powered camper out of mostly junk in 2008. It's always had way more power than I needed--375 w of solar panels and 400 amp-hours of battery storage.  When it's sitting at home, it powers my bedroom/ham-shack lights, fans, radios and landscape lights.  I've never owned an AC power supply for my rigs.  

I love building with and talking about solar power.  I have built 13 small  solar systems and just love how maintenance-free they are.  We have a really sketchy power grid up here, so I'd eventually like to convert my whole house to solar. 


Here's my solar-powered ham-shack/bedroom and my QRP/m platform (AKA Ford F-350 utility truck).  

I love the XYL so much more since we each got our own space.  It's good to have breathing room. smiley

At home I have a 20-40-80 fan dipole at 20 feet, a 17m dipole at 15 feet, and a 30m dipole at 15 feet. 


Don't let anyone tell you you have to have your antennas 90 feet in the air to do well in ham-radio. Just put one up within whatever limitations you have and see what happens. The first time I strung up an NVIS dipole 3 feet off the ground, I got Hawaii!  I have fantastic luck all over the world with these little antennas.  


Here's how I run QRP/mobile with a Yaesu FT 817 and a hamstick. 

The truck's utility rack gets it up 15 feet. The radio is just tied to the the head-rest of the laid-down center seat--perfect position for dialing with my arm resting on the center console, and a clipboard for writing down call signs and times.

I use the Czech key in the truck's IPOD holder. I have great luck with this setup. The utility rack must be a terrific ground plane.  I have talked all over the world on 5w with this set up, and I have lots of interesting US/Canada ragchews to keep me company on my long drives.  


I love to ragchew.  Give me a call.  




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W6LFB 2017-12-20 20m CW EM13kf United States JAMES L BONKOWSKI
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AC2K 2017-12-15 20m CW CN87wp United States ALAN H KOMENSKI
KE7LKW 2017-11-30 40m CW CN95gr United States Stewart J Fletcher
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W9EBE 2017-11-28 20m CW EM57jt United States EMERSON A COX
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