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My former call was K5LKR, which I chose because my alma mater is Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I maintain a close relationship with the university, co-sponsoring three scholarships in electrical/computer engineering with the Verizon Foundation.  We are known as the "Lakers", thus the call, but the phonetic LKR proved quite problematic as a bit of a tongue twister, so I finally decided to change it for a shorter and hopefully simpler call.

A longtime SWL starting back in my junior high school days, I got away from radio for a number of years. After taking early retirement from a 27 year career with GTE/Verizon, I once again became interested in radio and got my General class license in 2009. I upgraded to Extra in 2010. My primary mode of operation is SSB, though I have everything I need for a dedicated digital modes station.  I just need to get the ambition to get things setup.  While I "technically" live in an antenna restricted neighborhood, I've been lucky to have avoided any problems so far. To maintain that "under the radar" status, I often put antennas up and down, which I lash to my fence posts.  Now, as the recently elected HOA President, I don't expect any repercussions anytime soon. 

I am having an incredible amount of of fun and a surprisingly good amount of success. still, if I have a good signal, it is much more likely due to great band conditions, and/or your exceptional station, than it is anything I do on this end.  I primarily run an Icom 756 Pro III, as well as my trusty standby Icom 746 Pro into an OCF dipole for 80-10 meters at about 30'. I also occasionally break out rotatable dipoles for 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters to give me additional options. I have an inexpensive 3 element yagi for 6 meters and several antennas for 2 meters and 70cm.

My primary station: Icom 756 Pro III and Icom 746 Pro

I greatly enjoy contests though I'm not a real serious competitor. However, I have ramped up my contest activity considerably since joining the DFW Contest Group (www.dfwcontest.com). We are a fast growing group of folks in Texas who enjoy contests. I also greatly enjoy chasing DX. It's always fun breaking through a pileup with a modest station. I was pleased to achieve both WAS and DXCC in 2011. Then in 2014 I was able to achieve 10, 15, and 20m DXCC, all on SSB.   Still, 6 meters has become my favorite band as it is so unpredictable and fun when there are openings. So, I was very pleased to achieve 6 Meter VUCC in 2012. While I continue to look for new grids, I am very happy to talk to anyone who can hear me. Worked me last week, last month, last year, no matter, feel free to give me a call. I really enjoy 6 meters!

I am a big hockey fan (both college and professional) and I collect cards and memorabilia from players that played for LSSU (3 time NCAA Division 1 champs). I also have a keen interest in amateur astronomy, having taken several college courses on the subject. I have a pair of Meade LX-90 8" scopes for observing, though I have become a bit frustrated in recent years because of the increasing light pollution at my QTH.

I hope to catch you in the next contest or during the next 10 or 6 meter opening.

I'm always happy to QSL any way you want and SWL reports are always welcome and appreciated.





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QRZ Logbook Summary for - NW5Q
Latest Contacts for NW5Q at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
WY5Y 2017-01-29 40m SSB EM35VM34 United States James R Ennis
KB6UNC 2017-01-22 40M SSB DN40AP17 United States DAN
W6RW 2017-01-22 40M SSB DM22ol United States MIKE
WA8ZBT 2017-01-22 40M SSB EM12rx United States DENNIS
NE1C 2017-01-22 80M SSB FN32qb United States HANK
KK7L 2017-01-22 40M SSB DN40bi United States JOHN
W0MU 2017-01-22 80M SSB DM79nl United States MIKE
WW4LL 2017-01-22 80M SSB EM73ql United States FRED
K0OU 2017-01-22 80M SSB EM28sx United States STEVE
K9ZO 2017-01-22 80M SSB EN50ll United States RALPH
W6LP 2017-01-22 40M SSB CM98pl United States STEVE
N3BBQ 2017-01-22 80M SSB EM12ox United States DAN
K9CT 2017-01-22 80M SSB EN50bp United States CRAIG
E51AMF 2017-01-22 40M SSB BG08cs North Cook Islands Amateur Foundation
N9RV 2017-01-22 40M SSB DN36eu United States PAT

Book Totals: 21959 qso's   12204 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#447
Granted: 2016-07-19 05:10:02   (NW5Q)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#1322
Granted: 2015-01-23 04:50:58   (NW5Q)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
United States Award#266
Granted: 2015-01-23 04:50:57   (NW5Q)

  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#1207
Granted: 2015-01-23 04:50:55   (NW5Q)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    6 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
DX World Award#331
Granted: 2015-01-23 04:50:53   (NW5Q)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
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