Note the past year of
2012 & now 2013 I have been having a very hard time because of bad health do to suffering a Broken Right Hip in 2012 and
have been laid up for many months. And I still am trying to recover from the Broken Hip. And it is taking a very long
time to heal.
I have had three surgeries
on the Hip in 2012. And I am having the Right Knee replacement. Which is happening in August 2013. Have
a very severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis in my right leg and the Hip which cause me not able to get around much and keeps
me at home most of the time and limits me to a Walker and a Wheel Chair. So I can’t do the things that I used to enjoy
like Fishing or BBQing. But we must put on a happy face and keep up the good fight.
But thank God I am home again and can get on the air and talk to my Ham friends.
Note they have been a blessing to me.
was born here in Billings, Montana and have lived most of my life in the area.
This is how I got interested in Electronics as well as Shortwave and Amateur (Ham) Radio. We were living
on a Farm North East of Billings, Montana (Shepherd, Mt.) And at an early age my father gave me my first Crystal Radio set.
It was in the form of a large Writing Pen and it had a Wire Antenna coming out of the top of the Pen Radio. At that time (mid
1940’s) there was only one local radio station, which was KGHL. Also some time later we had a shortwave radio as that
what one did was listen to the evening radio programs. And I was found of many radio programs like Amos’N Andy, Burns
and Allan shows. But what caught my interest was the international shortwave broadcast. Later years I built all types of outside
antennas for the shortwave radio and would scramble around the roof-tops putting these antennas up. When I was in grade school
I purchased an Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer Shortwave Receiver Kit. And my father did help me with some of kit building,
and we enjoyed that time together working on my first kit project. But unknown to me I would go on to an Electronic career.
My cousin (Ted Welch W7LND) who was a Ham Radio Operator as well as an Electronic Guru was an influence
on me to some extent. But as his Electronic career took him away from home most of the time. He always supported my choice
to go into Electronics and gave me help along my way. But he always promised me when and if I received my Ham license he would
provide a Ham Radio for me to have and use. He did lend me a Heath-kit Transceiver Radio and Vertical Antenna. This was many
years before I really got the bug to be a Ham. And he did fulfill his promise of a radio. As he gave me a Swan 500 CX Transceiver.
Now back in the early 60`s I attended an Electronic School (National Electronics Institute) in Denver
Co. for approximately 11 months. Then after many years of working in the community I decided to continued my education so
I attended Industrial Electronics’ at University of Montana ~ Helena College Of Technology, Helena Montana. Note I attended
for a two-year term. After graduating I worked for several years in the Automotive Electronic Repair Servicing area.
During that time of working my health started to deteriorate, which caused me to retire. Now I enjoy
some time to spend on Hobbies and Fishing, which I try to enjoy to the fullest.
At present I had been taking care of my very ill 97-year-old Mother who did
require most of my time. But on Dec. 12, 2012 she passed away and is in Jesus loving Arms. She Irma was 2 months shy of her
Note when I do make some time for my hobbies I try to enjoy every moment because that this time is
very important to me. I am active in Church and have in the past volunteering my time there doing different types of
tasks and duties.
Note some of my other hobbies are: Reading, Building Projects, Computing and online Gaming.
Note since I was classified 4F by Selective
Service and couldn’t get into the Armed Service. I then volunteered
as an Amateur Radio Operator in the Navy-Marine Corps MARS program and held several Admin. positions. And I served with
them for 10 years and have several US Military Awards (for Civilians). With which I was armored for my service to our
country the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. God bless the U.S.A. (http://www.navymars.org/, http://www.marinecorpsmars.com/usn-mc_house/nmc_home.htm)
Note I had been an avid Gardener but I had to quit doing it because of my health problems. Note the
past years I have had a very small garden with Tomatoes plants, as we love fresh Tomatoes.
I really enjoy Ragchewing, DXing, & QSLing. Awards: Worked All States, & I am still working
for DXCC. And as of January / February 2013 I will be starting my 32nd year in Amateur Radio.
Favorite Band/Modes: 40M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M, 10M (Note not in this order and I am not on 60 Meters),
SSB & FM, and 2M FM / 440Mhz. FM and 2 Meter SSB.
Equipment: Kenwood TS-2000, TS-570SG, & (TS-430S Note in the summer of 2007 I had a repair tech
do a complete realignment and repair job done on the TS-430S, as there was a problem in the RF deck regarding connecter blocks,
which went bad, and I could not remedy that problem myself. And now it’s back in top-notch condition). Heath-Kit SB-200
HF Amplifier, which is the second SB-200, I have owned. Note my station now has back up power with a new Harbor Freight 800
Watt Portable Generator which powers my VHF equipment and my HF rig.
(My Yahoo Heath-Kit Amplifier Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeathKit_HFAmps)
HF Antenna’s: A Homebrew G5RV sloper @ 45ft. to 20ft., then a Butternut Vertical HF6V, 17 Meter
Dipole, & Ten Meter 5/8 Vertical.
VHF/UHF Equipment: Now in the mobile is the Kenwood TMV71A, which I bought in 2007. (My Yahoo Kenwood_TMV-71A
Dual Band Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kenwood_TMV-71A).
And the rest is of my equipment: Kenwood TM-255A Multimode 2Meter Rig, A Kenwood TM-V7 dual band mobile
one in the shack set on 440 Mhz. Also have the following handhelds: Yaesu FT-530 & a FT-470 dual band handhelds, and an
old broken Icon 2AT which works fine after repairing the handheld myself. VHF/UHF Antenna’s: A Two Meter 11 Element
Beam @ 45ft. And a homebrew 440Mhz. Fiber Glass Quad @ 35ft., an Cushcraft AR6 6 Meter Vertical. Also for the VHF station
I have a Two-Meter Mirage B2516G Amplifier.
Life Time Ragchewer Member. (Loves to Communicate)
I try to enjoy life and all my hobbies but Ham Radio gives the most fun next to Fly Fishing.
Note I enjoy visiting with friends as well as making new ones.
Hope to catch you on HF or Echolink (my Echolink Node # is 19197) and enjoy a QSO aka a chat with
Best 73 and May God Bless.