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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