My name is Bob Cook.I have been a ham since 1957. My home and station are in Naples, in southwest Florida. I am a global weather router for private yachts worldwide. I was first licensed at the age of 13 in Westport, CT as KN1CRC. My "elmer" was W1KAY. He gave me excellent guidance given my young age. My first rig (which W1KAY helpded me to build), was a Knight Kit T50, 50 watt cw only transmitter and a National SW 54 receiver. I studied the theory for and raised my code speed sufficiently so that a year later in 1958, I took the tests for, passed and received my General class license and present callsign, K9KKY in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Like most of us I have enjoyed this hobby emensely over the years. I have had many different rigs over the years, many of which I built. My special interests in the hobby are antenna modeling, wire antennas, HF mobile operation and HF maritime mobile operation. I have operated maritime mobile on a variety of boats from all around the North Atlantic and Caribbean. I have been a supporting station in the MMSN, (Maritime Mobile Service Net), for many years, which operates on 14300 khz. My present fixed station rig is an Icom 746 Pro (100 watts) with an LDG AT-200 auto-tuner, and four pairs of dipole antennas for 7, 14, 18 and 21 mhz with each pair of dipoles oriented at 90 degrees to one another so as to enable full 360 degree geographic coverage on each of the four ham bands. The antennas are selected by an 8 position, remote control switch. The auto-tuner and remote switch are mounted at the junction of the 8 dipoles. The antenna system works very well.
I also have a mobile HF rig in a 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible. The rig consists of an Icom 7000 (100 watts), an LDG IT-100 auto-tuner and a bundle of hamstick antennas for 4, 7,14,18 and 21 mhz. To insure the best possible impedance match and energy transfer into the antenna I have added an adjustable matching network at the antenna base. The mobile station works quite well on all bands. It can reach into Europe on 18 and 21 mhz readily.
I also hold an FCC commercial radio station license.The commercial radio license is for a "Private Marine Coast Station" which I own and operate. I am a professional global "weather router". As a "weather router" I provideaccurate and detailed, custom weather forecasts and specific routing advice to the owners and/or captains of private yachts which are making extended ocean passages to and from anywhere in the world. The yachts I am assisting are typically 40-120 feet in length, including both power and sail boats. Typically vessels are making extended open water passages in the northern or southern hemispheres, trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, trans-Indian Ocean trans-Caribbean or between ports on the US east coast and the islands or countries in the Caribbean.
The official FCC call sign for the coast station is "WQCN860", or informally "Ocean-Pro Weather". The station is licensed to operate on several FCC designated HF marine bands, including6, 8, 12, 16,18 and 22 mhz. The coast station equipment consists of an Icom M710 marine tranceiver (150 watts), an LDG AT-200 auto-tuner andfour pairs of dipole antennas covering the 6 marine bands, with each pair of dipoles oriented at 90 degrees to ane another so as to enable full 360 degree geographic coverage, with gain, on each of the six marine bands. The antenna system works very well.
The computer equipment I use consists of two custom built desktop computers, four 19" flat screen displays, a laptop computer and a Linksys wireless router and network. Access to the Internet is via a Comcast modem and high speed cable. Backup power for the radios, computers and lights is provided by two 1000 AH automatic UPS battery backup units and when needed a 2.5 kw 120 VAC generator. The web site for the weather and routing service is www.Ocean-Pro.com.
I have spent a lot of time captaining vessels making open ocean passages. Over the 20 year spanfrom 1985 through 2005 I held a USCG 100 ton Master's license and as a yacht delivery captain and offshore sailing instructor sailed over 150,000 nm around the north Atlantic. 150,000 nm is equivalent to about seven circumnavigations of the world. There is more information about these years and the passages I made on my web site which isshown above.
Below are some photos of myself, the office and operating position for the weather and ham station. If youwould like to contact me, my phone #'s are: Home/office 239-775-7435, cell 239-877-4094 and Skype ID "captcook52 @ gmail.com"
Cheers & 73s,
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