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QSL: SK January 5, 2018

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Vern has a real PASSION for CW... especially QRQ.  If you want to increase your code speed, Vern would like to help.  Please read on.

Before World War II, Vern Kaspar (www.kasparconnection.com) was a professional Morse Code operator for the West Virginia State Police. When a Trooper would stop an out-of-state vehicle he would radio the license plate information in the usual way.  The information would then come to Vern's CW operating position.

Vern was in immediate contact with police authorities in all the other 47 states.  He would pass on a vehicle information request.  When he received information back it was immediately passed on to the State Trooper for his disposition.   Transmission speeds of 35 to 40 wpm were used.  Results were back in a matter of a very few minutes.

If you love using CW on the Amateur bands... can copy at least 18  wpm, and have a passionate desire to increase your CW copy speeds to 35, 55 or more words/minute contact Vern W9FAM.

Vern is ready-willing-able to help you get into the QRQ class of amateur operators who enjoy copying Morse as words, not just dots and dashes.  

If you are willing to use a disciplined approach professional quality QRQ Morse at speeds of 35 to 55 words/minute.....contact Vern.

It is not as difficult as you might think.  

Some folks love to copy QRQ CW, perhaps working on their own speed, or just chatting with some like minded hams while making CW music on the bands.  If you are in that category, you might want to be on the look out for these fellows!  If you want to read their mail be prepared to copy 45 to 60 words/minute CW.

K0RU  Rob                                             K3TF  Tom    

W9RNY  Mike                                         WB0GKH  Mitch    

W9SN  Steve                                          W9FAM  Vern 

N4XY  Ted                                               W4EDE  Lee    

K8JPM  Harold                                        K0RKH   Bob     

WA7HJV  Jack                                        N6FB  Bill

K1JD  John                                             AA1LL  Paul       

K9VOS  Art                                             W0VTT  Mike       

K0CDJ  Bill                                             AA3AJ  Dave      

W7SW  Scotty                                        K4OSO  Milt

K1NVY  Fred                                          K1LKP  Carmen


To my many friends around the world:

I wish you all the best during the New Year. ~~~English

Les deseo lo major durante el Ano Nuevo. ~~~Spanish

Zelim vam sve najbolje rilikom NoveGodine. ~~~Serbo-Croatian

Jag onskar er allt gott under det nyaaret. ~~~Swedish

Toivotan teille oikein hyvaa Uutta Vuotta. ~~~Finnish

Je vous souhaite lo meilleur durant la NouvelleAnnee. ~~~French

Va transmit cele mai bune urari de anul nou. ~~~Rumanian

Envio lhe os meus melhores cumprimentos para o ano novo. ~~~Portuguese

Przesylam panu najlepsze zyczenia noworoczne. ~~~Polish

Ich wunsohe ihnen viel Gluck im neuen Jahr. ~~~German

Boldog Ujevet kivanok. ~~~Hungarian

Mina soovin Teile koige paremat Uuel Aastal. ~~~Estonian

I miei migliori augari peril Nuovo Anno. ~~~Italian

Jeg onsker deg alt godt i det nye aret. ~~~Norwegian

Jeg onsker Dem alt godt i det nye ar. ~~~Danish


As Amateur radio operators we know that our hobby is like no other. We have the ability to bridge cultures, both nationally and internationally. Amateur radio offers opportunities for public service , technological advancement. and just plain camaraderie.

Through the magic of amateur radio there is always an element of mystery when an amateur radio operator sends out a general CQ call. Who will answer and what foreign country will be their home? What mutual interests do we share? Through amateur radio…friendships are expanded world wide.

Amateur radio, by and large, is conducted, QSO AFTER QSO, on a high level of mutual respect. This makes many things possible and greatly enhances the benefits of being an Amateur radio operator.

Amateur radio operators are a very privileged group. We have the ability and the vehicle to not only broaden our minds and enrich our experiences….but through amateur radio we value our differences and in the process………………spread international goodwill!

W9FAM Vern Kaspar W9 Father And Mother


Vern has been an amateur operator since 1936. QRV on all bands. QRV on CW. Enjoys operating QRQ CW. Here is Vern shortly after becoming a ham.


Before WWII Vern had an F.C.C. Radio Telegraph License and worked for the West Virginia State Police. On duty Vern had immediate contact with all of the other 47 states in our union. Using CW he obtained vehicle registration for the State Troopers when they stopped out of state vehicle.

He has operated from several world QTH's. Likes to use high towers and mono band antennas. Has 5 element mono @ 152'/51 meters on 20. A 2 element phased array @ 160'/53 meters on 40. A 12 element log peiodic at 35 meters. A 5 element 15 meter telrex @ 24 meters & 5 element 10 meter telrex @ 22 meters. Wire antennas include a Super Loop running North/South at 110 feet/31 meters. He also has a 160 meter Carolina Windom at the same height running East/West.

Towers include two 100 foot, one 150 foot, a 75 foot utility pole and a crank up.

Vern recently interviewed Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on his 50,000 watt FM Broadcast Station.

Lately Vern has been experimenting with quality ssb audio. He uses, a IC-7800, a german condenser microphone, the Neuman TLM 103 with a pop screen, an Omnia ToolVox voice processor, and a Orban 9200 Optimod-AM Digital audio processor This is the 'state of the art' audio processor that is used by the better and larger U.S.A. AM broadcast radio stations. Vern uses a Tascam MD-301 MK II mini disc recorder and if asked will record your transmission and play it back for you. Vern has optimized the dot weighting & CW waveform rise & fall time on his IC-7800 to facilitate his love of QRQ CW.

Here is just PART of his antenna farm as featured on the cover of CQ Magazine back in 1981:

Vern also owns, has built, and operates 50,000 watt and 25,000 watt FM broadcast stations with 500 foot towers. Operates AM broadcast stations and Translators in Indiana and Missouri. Has AM and FM stations in the St. Louis, Missouri area. With his commercial broadcast stations was the first 50,000 watt FM Radio station in the U.S.A. to operate 24/7 IBOC/HD Radio...(digital RF). (www.ibiquity.com).

His efforts as a broadcaster dedicated to serving the community are well documented.


In 2014 Vern was honored  his community for exemplary service.  This is a new award the city has created to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the City of Frankfort Indiana.  The award is to be given annually, and Vern is honored to be the first recipient.

Part of Vern's committment to his community, has been demonstrated by his support of the Ivy Tech Campus in Frankfort, where a building has been named for him.



Vern has enjoyed extensive travel:

Photo of Vern with friends in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo by UN7QF.

Noted for his relating call letters; W9FAM W 9 Father And Mother. His most recient foreign calls are UN7/W9FAM, EX/W9FAM & JY8FA.

Some of Vern's travels were as an International Broadcast Journalist.  Below is a copy of his Press Credentials from Praha, that permitted him to report from behind the Iron Curtain.


Vern (W9FAM) with Yasser Arafat at his ‘hide-out’ in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990). In addition to being with Yasser Arafat’s PL0/PLA Vern spent time with ALL the combatants on both sides of Beirut’s Green Line.

Here is Vern EX/W9FAM in Kyrgyzstan with one of the locals in traditional clothing.

Vern is seen here, visiting with one of his friends in Saudi Arabia.


CairoEgypt out my back window….a busy place.

Here is a QSL recently received from my operation in Egypt.

Here is Vern UN7/W9FAM with a Russian Orthodox Monk in his Monestary.

This is Vern's good friend UN7QF.

Kyrgyzstan with EX ham friends. EX2A Ivan(Evo), EX/W9FAM Vern and EX8MAT Georgie

Vern on the air as UN7/W9FAM.

Vern enjoyed traveling to China with his wife.

Of course he saw the Great Wall.

And here he is in Chinese Ceremonial Garb:



Here is Vern, celebrating his 91st birthday with two of his sons.

The QTH is in North Central Indiana on 10 acres/4 hectors of land.

73' Vern W9FAM Frankfort, Indiana 46041

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