Welcome to my Ham Radio page! I enjoy Rag Chewing, and a bit of DX-ing using PSK, RTTY, MFSK, Olivia, and other digital modes as well as CW using a Side Swiper (Cootie Key), a straight key, and a laptop computer for keyboard CW. I joined the FISTS CW Club in February 2000 (FISTS #7064). I am also a member of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #5186) and the Americal Amateur Radio League. I mostly operate in the early mornings from 80 through 15 meters, depending on which bands are open.
I got my first ticket in the spring of 1970, and my first callsign
was WNěBEK. In the Autumn of that year I passed both my
General and Advanced tests and became WBěBEK. I got the callsign
KDěCA in February 1983, and then passed my Extra Class test in
the summer of 1985. I retired from the Environmental
Protection Divison of the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources in April 2003, and found that I can now spend more time on Amateur
a member of The Gideons International, which you may recognize as the people who place Bibles in hotel and
motel rooms, who distribute Testaments to high school & college students on campus, and also to
the military and to those in jails and prisons. Find out
more about the Gideons at: http://www.gideons.org
As an avocation, I played bass guitar & piano in church for 34 years, but now I play keyboard and sing gospel songs and hymns in nursing homes and at "jam sessions" in retirement resorts in Texas. My wife, Shirley, and I have become "Winter Texans" spending several months in Combes, TX (near Harlingen in the Rio Grande Valley) each winter. I also enjoy writing and arranging both southern gospel and praise & worship music. You are cordially invited to visit my musical and Amateur Radio web page at: http://www.praisescribe.com .
Feel free to browse the links listed below:
|The Grayline Terminator is mentioned in the Bible!|
|Read My Article, "The Art Of Side-Swipery"_
|Pictures and Description Of
My Side Swiper
HB Inverted L Antenna
HB Zepp-Fed Vertical Antenna
About My QRP Portable Operations
|Read About My Portable Antenna Support
"Understanding dB Without A Calculator"