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You have arrived at my personal Ham History page. please enjoy the stories and pictures, its been a great 56 years
KØIP, ex WAØDYU, WNØDYU, PA9VW, HS6ADE, WPEØANT.
One thought before I talk about me,
I would like to thank all those people of my parents generation.
They endured the depression and WW2. Without their hard work and fortitude
all of this would not be possible. Thank You ! click for more info
Now working on 55 years as a active ham !
I made this web when I ran for ARRL Idaho Section Manager back in 2006, I lost !!
so I added more pictures & changed some stuff and now its my on-line ham history.
Enjoy looking at the pictures, and remembering how it was in the ""good old days"".
Note: UR good old days might be happening right now, so make the best of them !!!!!
This is a tale about Me and Ham Radio. It's been my hobby for a long time,
I'm no one extra special, not a world class DX'er, not on the DXCC honor roll, I
haven't developed anything that changed history, I'm just a ham that loves his hobby.
I've been blessed with a good life filled with Ham Radio and great ham friends.
Because I'm a ham, I had a good job for 30 years (I'm retired) , I met my wife of 30+ years, (still married).
My entire life has revolved around Ham Radio ....................
I would like to thank my parents for spending their hard earned money on my radios
and insisting I got an Associates Degree in electronics. (Central Technical Institute , KC MO)
Don't stop here, there's lots more pictures down the page. Contact John: wa0dyu(at)gmail.com , phone 208 251 6441
(click the links)
John Wilson KØIP
raised in Shawnee
I've been interested in radio since I was in grade school, I
loved to tune around on my aunt's old 40's upright radio back in Lenexa , out on the back porch. What a kick, VOA or maybe Radio Moscow softly floating in and out of the noise.
You might remember, back in the 50's when life was simple,
being there on a warm summer evening, out there on the back porch
with that old radio.
Back when even AM broadcast band DXing was great fun.
They spoke English & played rock & roll on AM.
by the way, there were very FEW FM stations, FM was a new frontier.
the first stereo FM broadcast happened one year earlier in june 1961..
I got one of those Popular Electronics SWL calls, WPEØANT..
WNØDYU - 1962, Hallicrafters HT-40 &
else was going on in 1962 ?? John F Kennedy, president,
I've been active for 55 years.
Excluding the time I was in Vietnam
Sorry, no hamming from that war zone, however, during my 6 years in the USAF ,
I got to know some great HAMS, many became life long friends..
|I worked in the PMEL, Precision Measurement Equipment Lab, we repaired and
calibrated test equipment.
I was stationed at,
1. McCoy AFB, it's now Orlando international airport.. (MCO)
2. Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand (HS6ADE) see picture below
3. Cam Ranh Bay - Vietnam
4. Edwards AFB Ca.
5. AFCENT (NATO) southern part of The Netherlands (PA9VW) see picture below
Life in the Air Force was a great time and a great learning experience.
After serving almost 6 years active duty, I felt it was time to get out !
After my discharge, I stayed and worked in Holland for Elektor Publishers for about
I was on the English Editorial Staff. I'm sure my High School English teacher(s) are 'rolling in their graves', just thinking about me doing anything with English!.
Uitgeversmaatschappij Elektuur B.V. Beek (L) The Nederland's. http://www.elektuur.nl/
mostly by accident, I landed a good job with Union Pacific Railroad ! I moved back to the USA.
I've been busy with the Pocatello Amateur Radio Club since 1979 when I was transferred to
Union Pacific Railroad. I worked in the communications department. I was hired by K Ø I J,
mainly because as a young ham I had a Model 15 Teletype in my bedroom, I had some idea how it worked.
I was hired to repair Teletype's, back then the Railroad still used Model 28, 35 & 37 Teletype machines.
But times were changing fast and those old Teletypes didn't stay around long. UPRR used thousands of Model 40's for years..
I still have two Model 28's in my shack.
I retired from the Union Pacific Aug 2007, with 30 years of service.
After retiring, I , at the advise of a friend, went
off and got 1 months training to become a ships Radio Officer,
got my second class radio TELEGRAPH license, GMDSS maintainer & operators license, and the STCW training,
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)... I became a US Merchant Marine Officer (USGC),
I joined a union hoping for a 3 month job, I didn't want a carrier, just a 'one off' 3 month cruise, to see the world.. HI HI
well that never happened, I was way too far down the union roster, so I applied as a electronic technician with the Military
Sealift Command, one day they called , said I was hired, and ask when I could report to Norfork, VA . I ask
how long I might be on one of those military ships, answer 6 to 9 months,, well ??? I turned down the job offer. I was proud to have be
accepted, but that's a long time on a ship.. License
Pocatello Idaho's been my home since 1979.
That year I met my wife Pat on Christmas eve at WB7SDR's QTH. (sk)
We had a daughter,,, she's all grown up now, Married, and
we have two grandson's. She graduated from ISU in 2007,
Her husband graduated in 2011. That's Idaho State University, here in Pocatello.
She's now graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah,
with a Law Degree.. Now she's one of the Bannock County Idaho prosecuting attorneys
Back in 1999 I changed my call to KØIP. I operate a lot on 6 meters (DN32) and
like a good contests, any contest where Idaho is a multiplier. OK I admit it, I like being the DX !!!!
contests like ARRL 10 Meter, June VHF, SS I enjoy putting Idaho on the map.
Several years ago, I was part of the Union Pacific 150 year anniversary "on the air" operation,
several years back, I hosted W1AW/7 at my QTH. We ran 20-15-10 meter SSB the first week and various bands
and modes the second week , a grand total 12450 Q's from my station as W1AW, with lots of help from many guest operators.
here's a link with details and pictures LINK : W1AW at KØIP's.
I personally made 7774 Q's as w1aw/7 . Plus, 8333 as ASM for the Centennial points challenge, So I made 16107 Q's during 2014..
I was sorry to see the end of the CW requirement, I was never a good CW operator, and seldom used it,
but it's part of Ham Radio, and it should be required. It was a sad day for Ham Radio when CW went away, ,
14 Feb 1991 is the day Ham Radio changed forever. Quite honestly the beginning of the end.
CW was "the" true indicator of a persons desire to be a ham. .
With No Code, there are hundreds of thousands of licensees, but fewer & fewer hams.
As more and more of the Old timers go SK, especially those WW2 Vets and the 1950's crowd, the hobby is changing before our eyes, today
more than 50% of those licensed are what I call Know Nothing Technicians. not No CODE, but NO Nothing .
They don't really want to be a Ham, they are only interested in emergency comm for their church or other organizations (?),
most of them are totally inept, don't depend on your average technician to save you in an emergency, they'll be lucky to save themselves.
THEN the more curious group, those getting a license just to add it to the list of other unused wallpaper on their resume' ???
Lucky / hopefully / Well Maybe 1 in 100 actually discover Ham Radio and HF and move on to better things than their Boufoung
FYI, the sad fact is that 1% of 400,000 technicians is only 4,000. It might be different is some parts of the country,
but here in Idaho its depressing at best ;-(
It is unfortunate the FCC and others developed a DEAD END license class, the Technician ! enough said, now repeat after me... 10-4 good buddy
208-251-6441, or email wa0dyu(at)gmail.com
Here's some pictures of mostly me, doing
mostly "Hammy" things,
to enlarge the pictures -- just -- Click'em to make'm bigger
|HS6ADE, Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand 1970,|
|my first Collins a KWM-1||
After several MARS phone patch from Takhli with my
friend WØTM (Gary)(sk), he
got me a KWM-1 at Associated Radio (Overland Park, KS). My dad built two custom
wooden boxes, one for the radio , one for the PS. He APO mailed them to me.. I
had a STAR license, Details are at the bottom of this page
For whatever reason there was a tri-band beam at the PMEL building where I worked, who knows why it was there? It was pointed at the USA, no rotor. My boss let me setup my station on a shelf in the store room, This was actually a perfect place. I could run it there for lunch and "work a bunch", or after my shift.
I was on the air for 6 weeks, working over 800 stations on SSB & CW. WOW, what pile-ups,, If I had been more industrious I could have worked 8000. But there were many too many two legged distractions downtown.. If you've been there you know what I'm saying.
Then the unexpected, I was transferred to Viet Nam..
Note: the KWM-1 had No RIT or anyway to Split. I worked a lot of CW
|Play'n the fool,,-- Cam Ranh
Bay, Viet Nam --
I couldn't transmit, but did some SWLing. I have to admit, I had a indoor 20 meter dipole strung up in the Hootch, and worked a few stations (maybe 10) "bootleg" with my Thai Call, but I decided that wasn't fair, or legal, and who know what US listening station might have me in the crosshairs ??
doing my job at the Cam Ranh Bay PMEL ! I worked on TACAN simulators,
including the AN-ARM22 . I calibrated and repaired hundreds of them! It seemed like
millions, it's a 4 piece heavy beast !! They were used to service aircraft radios. I also worked on smaller units that were used out on the flight line to make a quick radio check,
WoW they gave me a rifle & bullets too!
we drove cross country to another Base. thankfully I
never got shot at ! I rode in the back of that pickup with
the equipment and took 35mm slides.
Never worried about getting shot .
|Collins anyone ?? me and
W6ZSL (sk) Lancaster CA 1972
Don was a great friend and mentor.. south of Edwards AFB, CA -
Sunshine Rancho's subdivision.
|PA9VW. While I was stationed at Edwards
AFB I purchased my second Collins radio,
an S-Line.. I got it from
Henry Radio in Anaheim. I took it to my next assignment, Holland. When I
the USA, I sold it to my friend
his first Collins.
now he's probably the largest Collins and Military radio collector in the world.
see these links #1, or #2
|Olden Day Picture
+/- 1967 Shawnee, Kansas wa0gnq & me wa0dyu
Electronics CE-20A with the command
transmitter converted as a VFO,
I had a CE 600L with one 813. a CV57 receiving converter and a Teletype Model 15.. WOW, great fun, you could find UPI or AP transmitting 60 WPM News day & night. That old Model 15 got a workout for many years.... The SP-600 was from MARS and with a CE Sideband Slicer, it was a great receiver.. Lots of other WW2 military receivers,, Hey,, the more the merrier !! RIGHT ??, I used an AN/ARC-1 for 2 meter MARS, using the dynamotor and lots of 24V. This is what I call REAL HAM RADIO Olden Day Picture
|One of my favorite contests is the ARRL June VHF.. In Idaho its not
always a tropical paradise. In 2002 I almost froze __ NOT GOOD.. Just cold,
and LOTS of wind (note white stuff)
What I won't do for a few extra contacts ! I must be nuts!
June in Idaho at 9000' is typically not a warm place..
in 2007 we used mother nature to keep the beer cold, that's W4OV standing guard..
I have to admit, I've quit mountain topping, too much work, sometimes way too few
contacts. good thing for beer, in 2007 we only worked 5 stations via E skip. FIVE !!
|In 2003 things were perfect, the propagation gods
were good to us, we worked 400+ stations. on 6, 2,
432. Weather was great, Loved every minute of it..
Many times during the past 30+ years, N7IJ and I have joined
forces for the VHF contest, handing out some rare grids.
|2002 it snowed overnight 2007 Nothing beats a cold one !!||2003
|Here's my shack a few years ago, its always evolving, always cluttered with projects and stuff, if your looking for 'clean & tidy' better look elsewhere.||I moved my Collins and Teletype to the family room. Click for more, picture !|
|sometimes I'm found working contests from exotic places,
Have contest will travel !! warm places only !! USVI NP2B
|Ham Radio in Idaho, Working on my friends antenna in Ashton Idaho ,
Teton mountains in the background.. N 7 I J DN44
|I have a single engine fixed wing license, which I haven't used for years, but flying was a great hobby too, lucky I never killed myself||Me and Gene WB9CDL, at Edwards AFB, CA
we made a repeater . I think that's a 80D transmitter strip,.
Gene is now WDØBKE
|I did a bit of SCUBA diving, here's me (left) and W4OV diving from W4DL's boat, off the south Florida coast.||Speaking of W4DL, he was the best man at my wedding
He's into Drake radios.. He helps me sell junk, I mean estate goodies , at Dayton,
|the Olden' days ! k0ip, k0gy, w0tm - ex wa0dyu, wa0gnq, k0bhm This was at my sisters birthday party||Secondary use of tower 1997|
my back yard,, Hey I like antenna's !!! It's not the highest tower in the world, got'a to try to keep the neighbors sort'a happy.. more antennas pics
|HAM RADIO - one great hobby!|
|Here's a few ham friends that shaped my life
ON8PO, N7RRR(sk) ,
w0tm k0gy w0del w0lqv
I've had the pleasure of knowing so many great hams during my life, sometimes for a fleeting moment, others for many years, some for a lifetime.
It's impossible to list them all. What a great bunch. It's a sad fact that too many have gone SK ! Thanks for being part of my life and Ham radio.
|I would like to thank my wife for being so understanding about a
house full of electronics and a back yard full of antennas. Thanks Pat....
throughout most of my life I've had little furry companions, CATS, it always hurts when their gone, My little friend "Brain" changed my life.
|Want more pictures ??(ouch,
you must be a glutton for punishment)
Heres a Link to almost 50 years of Ham Radio, friends, exploits, crazyness.
when you arrive, click a picture and then the arrow on the right side of the pictures
|Famous Jay Leno show CW vs Text messaging. , the file you are downloading is lenocw.xyz, save it, remember where you are saving it, then rename it to lenocw.wmv,, double click it , it will run..|
|Dilbert on What makes a Ham ! on you tube !|
|How about "cw as seen by" from 73 magazine|
My antennas as of Oct 2009, 204BA, TH7DXX, 64DX, dipole
40/80 - The 204 has been replaced with 14 ele
2 meter and 11 ele 432
from here to almost the bottom of the page, are some family pictures
and information about
* Movie Mite
* 1918 Flu at Camp Funston, Kansas (see my grandfather) below
* Society of Thai Amateur Radio
* Central Radio ASSN 1916 (see my other grandfather) below
Here are a few pictures of my family, and more radio pic's ,
keep going .. click the
pictures to make them BIGGER
||My YL Pat Wilson working on a 204BA.
Sometimes it snows in Idaho
My Mother (Clena Wilson) in Shawnee Kansas, and her twin brother Wilson Fremont Jones Jr.(sk) He was mostly blind at birth, and lived with our family , he was an avid AM broadcast listener/DXer, that's part of the reason I'm interested in radio.
Their 90th Birthday was July 2009.. Clena is a DAR member, She was the organist for the Shawnee Methodist Church for 30+ years.
She was assistant City Clerk in the 60-70's.
She's lived in Shawnee Kansas her entire life and is very
proud of Shawnee and Kansas.at present she's 98 still kicking in 2018
note: our family can claim 3 connections to the Revolutionary War.
My Sister Beth Marie (Wilson) Hobbs (sk)
|Family tree, mothers side||Fathers side,|
Great Grandfather (right)
John Wilson Jones, was Sheriff of
Johnson County , Kansas, 1898 to 1903. Then he was a County commissioner for 12 years.
He was a farmer and auctioneer. He
was responsible for one of the most modern roads in Johnson County, which follows what is now Southwest Blvd from KC, to Johnson Drive in Merriam, to Neiman road in Shawnee, south to 75th street, west to Quivira Road, south through Lenexa city center and on to Olathe, the road was made of brick.
Wilson Fremont Jones Sr. , He was
born in the county jail, because his
father was Sheriff, and the jail and house
This is FJ, see Central Radio Assn BELOW
Worked at Movie-Mite after WW2 he work as a postman for many years, he retired from the postal service. He loved woodworking, built all sorts of things, including the ""boat in the basement"" however it did leave the house and was launched, for some fun.
John KØIP, hey
Note: I sure wish I could still fit in that uniform
|Do you have any information about the
Central Radio ASSN
PLEASE contact me ! click to enlarge.
|click to enlarge certificate, or
click to get more info
--Central Radio Association-- April 1916 Information needed ?
Central Radio Association
Old Time Ham Radio 1916,
|One other item of possible interest, my uncle (sk)
invented the Movie Mite Projectors. Link for more info about Movie Mite
|below some old paper work that might be interesting ..||as received on my model 15 teletype that had weather symbols rather than punctuation|
|Society of Thai amateur radio|
|Here's a little story that I think is so appropriate||Final Thought for the next generation of hams|
At birth we board a train and meet our parents. We
believe they will always travel by our side. However, at
some station, our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train, and they
will be significant - siblings, friends, the love of your life, children,
and many others. Some will step down and leave a permanent
vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize they
vacated their seats.
The train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, good-byes, and farewells. A successful ride requires
having a good relationship with all passengers. We must give
the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is, we do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important
to do this because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful
memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success
and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank everyone I know for being a passenger
on my train.
If this is your idea of ham radio, (Note HT and mindless look)
GET A LIFE and GO AWAY
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