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First licensed at the age of 16, I made my way up from a Novice License, thru Tech plus, to General. I enjoyed the hobby for a few years and then lost interest and let the license expire.

Then around 1995 I got interested again and went back through the process, making it up to General class and passing the 13WPM code. Soon thereafter, the restructuring occured, and in March of 2002 I passed the test to achieve the holy grail of licenses, the Extra class. (I won't let this one expire, ever!)

I worked professionally in computers, maintaining desktop and server systems for Sweetwater Sound here in Fort Wayne. At home my hobbies include (but are not limited to) Amateur Radio, Computer technology and networking, photography, music, metal detecting, and all things technical.

I am a single parent, raising a wonderful son. Being dad kept me busy most of the time, leaving just a bit for myself.  He recently graduated from high school with acedemic honors and is moving into his own life.  Having extra time available now, the radio bug has bitten me again and I've started getting more active on the air.

I've been spending a lot of time on CW, slowly getting my speed up.   

My primary station:  I have a Yaesu FT-817 and I bought my Dad's old Icom IC-745, cleaned it up and got it on the air, wow, what a hot receiver!   Antennas:  160-10 meters on an end fed 98 foot wire with a home made 5.5:1 UNUN at the feedpoint.  In the attic I have a 20 meter inverted V and a 6 meter inverted V fed with a single coax with a switching relay at the feed point.   Living on a small city lot with no trees limits me terribly on antennas.

I've enjoyed some time going to nature parks and tossing a wire up in the trees.   Living in the city I deal with countless birdies and general noise across the HF spectrum.  It's nice to get away from the noise and enjoy clear bands.

I just recently acquired an SKCC number, 13775 and found that to be a good incentive to make more contacts and improve my CW speed.  I made my own key out of wood as an afternoon project with the intent of having a junker key to take out to the field.  I like the feel of it so much though, that I was using it most of the time. 

At a recent hamfest I purchased an antique telegraph key and cleaned her up.  She's my main key now.

I run a mostly ham related youtube channel.  Please drop by and check it out.

My youtube channel here.

I built a magnetic loop antenna.  There's been some interest in it, so I put together an overview of my antenna here:

Loop Overview

I also built a 6 foot diameter magnetic loop that is configurable for both 80 AND 160 meters!   Video here:

Large Loop

My latest antenna experiment was a mini magnetic loop for 80, 60, and 40 meters.   The loop is 1 foot square.   I've made many contacts on 40, and reached just over 600 miles with 2.5 watts on the little beast from inside the house!   Video covering the build of the antenna is here:

Mini magnetic loop

It underwent many revisions after the build.  The final refined version is here, with an on-air demo.

Mini junkbox magnetic loop final design.

My latest build, I'm quite proud of.   It's a USB digital modes rig interface that can be built for around $20.  It's VOX is based on an Arduino Nano micro-controller board.

Video about the DuinoVOX with info and schematic.


I spend a lot of time around 7.105-7.110.  Maybe I'll meet you there.


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EI70U 2015-05-02 40m LSB Ireland Special Event Station
K4DJ 2015-03-24 40m CW EM95ir United States RICHARD E MOSER
KT4TN 2015-03-23 40m CW EM65pt United States RANDY C BEAN
NG9D 2015-03-22 40m CW EN51vp United States LYNN A HAGAR
WD9BDP 2015-03-21 40m CW EN62sb United States MARK D HOLLOWAY
WY4R 2015-03-07 20m CW FM16vu United States JAMES R WILKIE
N5PHT 2015-02-28 17m CW EM13uo United States Gary R Stone
F6ARC 2014-07-17 15m USB JN08un France OLIVIER CADO
KA2KDJ 2014-07-13 40m CW FN23kc United States GARY J ROGOWSKI, SR
WN6OHG 2014-07-12 40m CW EN52kh United States DANA A BRINKMEIER
WA9WJB 2014-07-11 80m CW EN51uu United States LESTER H WAHL, JR
NI9Y 2014-07-06 40m CW EN61wq United States DAN G CAESAR
K1PUG 2014-07-05 20m CW FN31lt United States HENRY R CATTEY
K2H 2014-07-04 15m PSK31 JJ00aa United States 13 Colonies - Massachusetts
K5EWJ 2014-07-04 20m CW EL29kj United States WILLIS R COOKE

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