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 WNØBEK. In the Autumn of that year I passed both my General and Advanced tests and became WBØBEK. I got the callsign KDØCA 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 Radio.

I am 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:

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. My late wife, Shirley (passed away on Dec. 6, 2018), and I became "Winter Texans" spending several months 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: .

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

My HB Inverted L Antenna

My HB Zepp-Fed Vertical Antenna

Read About My QRP Portable Operations

Read About My Portable Antenna Support

Read "Understanding dB Without A Calculator"




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