Bob was born in Marshall, MN.
He joined the US Navy and served on the John S. McCain as a
DL-3 home based in Pearl Harbor, HI. The John S. McCain would do
West PAC cruises to the Pacific Ocean lasting around 6 months
each time. His first cruise is one he will never forget.
He was putting spar varnish on the deck and some how slipped and
went overboard. He did not have a life jacket on and the
sea of Japan was rough that day. He was really lucky because a
sailor tossing the trash off the fantail and spotted him.
It did take them a couple passes before getting him back aboard.
Bobs next West PAC cruise was when Vietnam was in full swing.
The ship saw a lot more action there. Bob got to see many
interesting places Philippines, Hong Kong island famous for
WWII, Sydney, South Korea, Taiwan, Tahiti, and New Zealand
being in the Navy. Bob got to go through the Panama Canal
in to the Caribbean Sea then on to Cuba the New York.
Bobs last ship was the destroyer USS Maddox DD-731. He
made one more cruise then was discharged after serving 4 years
of active service for his country. Bob was employed by the Lyon
County sheriff dept. for 29 years. Bob is loving
retirement and very active in amateur radio and also enjoys
astronomy. He has been section traffic manager for Minnesota for
over 20 years. The shack radio is a ICOM 7851 with a Alpha 9500
plus a ICOM 9100. He works off a 72 foot US tower with a
one horse motor. Best part is he can lower the tower from
his shack or at the tower site in the back yard. Antennas are
comprised of a SteppIR-DB-18E and double bazooka at
60 feet for
75 meters. For the two 9 element beamr two meters and a 40
at the top which is at 98 feet.
Tex is extremely active on the
bands and has one of the loudest signals out of the Australian
Rig was first licensed in 1979.
He is active from his home QTH in Santo Domingo as well as on
DXpeditions. He can be found mostly on SSB as well as some CW
and Digi. He is an avid DXer looking for new countries and
IOTA's. He has participated on a few DXpeditions and recently
came back from operating on Beata Island. He enjoys contesting.
He has a goal of completing DXCC on most of the bands. He enjoys
meeting new friends on the radio and traveling. His favorite
band is 40 meters.
BENTON CITY, WASHINGTON
CORTLANDT MANOR, NY
Janet has been
fascinated with radio since an early age. Many Broadcast Band
medium wave DX stations were logged using her old Longines
Symphonette transistor radio. She studied for and passed the
test for the Novice license and was issued KB6APL in 1983. Her
first radio was a Kenwood TS-830s which she used to operate CW
from the second floor of her apartment in Albany, CA. Janet
upgraded to Extra in 1989 receiving call sign WX7P. After many
physical moves and call sign changes, Janet was able to
reacquire WX7P just before the move from Illinois to Washington
interested in contesting and DX. Currently, her station consists
of an Icom Ic-756Pro II with an Amp Supply LK500'ZB amplifier.
The current antennas are a W9INN trapped dipole for 40, 75 and
160 and an R-4 vertical for 20 meters on up to 10 meters. Janet
will be installing a Hy-Gain AV-18HT Hy-Tower and an
Explorer 14 with a 40-meter add-on kit in the summer. She will
also be experimenting with different wire antenna designs and
amateur radio license plates and currently has approximately 800
different examples. Janet loves cats and is frequently
accompanied by Xombo the Siamese (SEE MEMBERS PAGE) whenever she
is on the radio. She also plays the violin and loves to
play in pit orchestras for local musicals. Janet
hopes to work all of you from near the Hanford Nuclear
Pedro was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on
February 22nd 1974 and has been
fascinated with radio since an early age. While listening
to local AM stations at night, Pedro realized that when these
local broadcasting stations shut down at midnight foreign
stations would appear. This really sparked his interest and
started to listen to shortwave on a transoceanic radio.
Regulations in the 90ís prevented anyone under 18 to hold an
amateur radio license. On the day of his 18th birthday, Pedro
obtained his first amateur license as CX1AAC. He started with DX
right away; phone has always been his favorite.
Access to ham radio equipment was hard so home brew was always
his #1 option. Pedro attended the Technological
Engineering University of Uruguay and has been working in the
telecommunication industry for the past 20 years. Moved to New
York in 2001 and has been working in the telecommunication
industry since then.
Lisa, KC1YL, was first licensed
in May 2015 as KC1DZZ. She passed her General and Extra in 2016
and is a VE. Lisa is very active in the Greater Norwalk
Amateur Radio Club, organizing activations, VE sessions and
field trips to W1AW. She is interested in DX, fox
hunting, building antennas and learning CW. Her tiny
station consists of an IC-718 and a G5RV-Jr. She can be
found mostly on SSB 20 and 40M.