Had the pleasure of a QSO with Dick, N5KIP, this morning.

From his QRZ.com page:

“Born in 1944, I became interested in shortwave radio as a teenager. With school, work and raising a family, however, didn’t obtain my amateur license until 1987.

In May 2017, after 42 years in Baton Rouge Louisiana, XYL and I moved to Plano Texas to be near family including two grandsons.  Home grid square is EM13oc.

HF operations are primarily CW and occasionally at QRP power. I also intermittently work, FT8 and SSB. My home rigs include a Kenwood TS-590SG and an Icom IC-7300.  Antennas are a thirty meter long horizontal loop, and a 22 meter long off center fed dipole. I use an automatic antenna tuner (LDG or Mat-Tuner) on both simple wire antennas. QRP rigs include a 20 meter Small Wonder plus, 80 meter Small Wonder DSW-II, K1, KX1 and a couple of Rockmites.

The SKCC Triple Key Award was obtained in April 2019 and was a great challenge as well as lots of fun.  Keys involved were an E. F. Johnson Speed-X bug Model 114-520 (made from 1947 to 1972), W1SF torsion bar cootie (use left hand to facilitate switching between bug and cootie with less confusion), and a GHD GT501MIL straight key.  In September 2019 a VIZKEY vertical bug was added to the collection and is currently my most used key. 

I enjoy kit building, SKCC activities, rag chewing, casual contesting, QRP fox hunts and have been known to work portable from a tree stand.  Log is uploaded regularly to LoTW.

I recently have had several enjoyable SKCC Marathon  contacts (a QSO of 60 minutes or longer between two SKCC members with the SKCC required exchange, using a manual keying devices and requiring submission of a summary of the contact by both stations).  Please let me know if you are interested in scheduling a marathon QSO.  See my email above.

Club numbers: FISTS 8653, CC 1639, Flying Pigs 1399, NAQCC 896, MQFD 195, SKCC 3755S, QRP-ARCI 12752 and Bug Users Group 172.  Also a member of the DFW Contest Group.

Additional hobbies are birding, guitar, photography, target shooting, and reloading.  Had a sailboat for a number of years on Lake Pontchartrain but do not have a boat here in Texas.  Closest I come to the water now is taking the grandkids to the community pool.  I retired in 2010 as a physician (hematology and medical oncology) and the medical director of a hospital cancer program.

73, Dick N5KIP


Working 20 meter CW this afternoon. Worked Tom, KU8T, in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

The Shack:

Doing his POTA, Parks on the Air, thing.

Field Day 2020

We had our MVARA Field Day operations this year at the Town of Holland, WI, near the town hall. It was a great location! Weather was perfect and we got to try out our new Emergency Communications bus, donated to us by the County of LaCrosse, WI.


Doing a little gold-pounding tonight (Vibroplex Gold bug), working Frank, K5PHB, in LIberty HIll, TX.

And his lovely wife Cynthia, K5CSW.

Here’s from his QRZ.COM biography:

“Hi, and thanks for looking me up on QRZ.com. This is my third venture into ham radio. It all began back in 1958 when I obtained my novice license as KN5PHB. About a year later I obtained my general class license and was active on the HF bands. After graduating from high school I went off to college and had to go to work for a living.

I got back into Ham Radio in 1969 after Hurricane Camile hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was living in Baton Rouge, La at the time, and stayed active for approximately 10 years, participating in National Traffic Nets, DXing, the Mississippi Sideband Net, and cw operations.

I recently got back into ham radio (Feb 2013) at my wife’s request to assist with emergency communications, particularly with the Salvation Army. Having let my license expire I had to retake the radio amateur exams, from technician through extra class.

Of course I had to purchase NEW equipment for my “new/old” hobby. During this entire process, my lovely wife decided she should be licensed to operate a ‘ham radio station’ should she need it in her work with the Salvation Army. She is now an Extra Class licensed Amateur Radio Operator–K5CSW, “aka” Cindy.

You may find me on the HF cw bands.  If so, give me a call.  HF Transceiver is Kenwood TS590S, HF antenna is G5RV at approximately 40 feet VHF/UHF transceivers are Yaseu FT-7900 mobile and FT-8800 in the ham shack.”

Office for the Dead

Joe Johnson, KC9HDV, passed away last week. The funeral was today. He’s a great man and I had the privilege of talking to him both on the air and in person for many years.

I conducted the special prayer service called “The Office of the Dead” this afternoon. This is a form of prayer we use in the monastery, consisting of Psalms and other Scripture readings.

“We do not loose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen but what is unseen. What is seen is transitory; what is unseen lasts forever”

… From Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians

Rest in Peace Joe!