Note I 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 fond 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 rooftops 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 building of that kit. 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 a large 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.
I spend many hours working CW on the Swan.
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 retire. Now I can enjoy some time
to spend on Hobbies and Fishing, which I try to enjoy to the fullest.
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 98th birthday.
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 been volunteering my time there doing different types of tasks and duties
but now that active is in the past. Unless they might call on to help them in some way.
Note some of my other hobbies are: Reading, Building Projects, Computing and online Gaming, making time for friends.
Note since I was classified 4F 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 Civilian people) that I was honored with for my service to our country. (http://www.navymars.org/, http://www.marinecorpsmars.com/usn-mc_house/nmc_home.htm)
had been an avid Gardener for a very long time. I will not be able to do anymore gardening due to my bad knees, and health
problems but I do miss gardening very much.
enjoy Ragchewing, DXing, & QSLing. Awards: Worked All States, & I am still working for DXCC. And as of January 2014
I will be starting my 33rd year in Amateur Radio what fun!
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.
(Kenwood TS-2000 currently in the shack) (Note my TS-2000 is non working and could not be repaired as its been sent back to
Kenwood Service Center several times at my expense without resolving the issue (interment TX / RX on all Bands and on both
Main & Sub Band.)Note as of October of 2012 I repaired the TS-2000. It was a Voltage Regulator (IC-202) which had a cold solder joint
and was not soldered to the PC Board. It look soldered, but under closer inspection it was loose. And so it's been my operating
rig since then.
Additional Equipment: A Kenwood TS-570SG, & a Kenwood 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).
The only other new item in the shack is a new Heil Goldline Elite or Gold Elite Microphone with the HC-5.1 dynamic element. (http://www.heilsound.com/amateur/products/goldelite/)
Equipment: 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.
HF Antenna’s: A Home brew G5RV sloper @ 45ft. to 20ft., then a Butternut Vertical HF6V,
17 Meter Dipole, & Ten Meter 5/8 Vertical.
Equipment: Now in the mobile is the Kenwood TMV71A, which I bought in 2007.
And the rest is of my equipment: Kenwood TM-255A Multimode 2 Meter Rig, A Kenwood TM-V71A dual band mobile, and
a Kenwood TM-V7A dual band mobile.
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
A Two Meter 11 Element Beam @ 45ft. And a home brew 440Mhz. Fiber Glass Quad @ 35ft. An a Cushcraft AR6 6 Meter Vertical.
Also for the VHF station I have a Two-Meter Mirage B2516G Amplifier.
Yahoo Groups: Heath-Kit Amplifier Group
TM-V71A Group http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Kenwood_TMV-71A
Life Time Ragchewer Member. (Loves to Communicate)
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, whether directly over the Internet.
Hope to catch you on HF or Echolink (my Echolink Node # is 19197) and enjoy a QSO.
Note the past years 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 will have to have the Right Knee replacement some time in the near future. As of the 19th of August
2013 I had my right Knee replaced.
I 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.
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.
Best 73 and May God Bless. And wish all a very Happy 2014.