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 Mark W0MH and Paula W0HA at their Amateur Radio Station in Brainerd, Minnesota, USA.  Grid square EV26vj. 

 


The station has an Icom IC-7300 Transceiver, which is good for all modes 160 through 6 meters.  An Ameritron AL-80B Amplifier easily makes 1000 watts. 

Antennas include a G5RV for all bands, an 80 meter dipole, a 20 meter inverted V, a 10 to 20 meter Cushcraft R5 vertical and a 2M/70CM vertical at the top of a 64-foot tower. 

Logbook entries show stations from all across the globe.  That includes most of these United states, many European countries, Russia, Australia and Antarctica.
 

Mark was first licensed as a Novice with callsign WN0AXD at age 16 in 1963.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and taught electronic repair at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  Then it was off to Vietnam to be Sergeant in Charge of an aviation elecytronic repair shop in support of the high-tech OV-1 Mohawk surveillance aircraft.  Back in civilian life in 1969 he resumed his career as a radio broadcast engineer until his reitirement in 2018.  Brainerd Dispatch Memorial Day story.  

Paula has been a licensed ham since 1996.  She is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She enjoys enjoys using ham radio to help at community events and SCUBA diving.  

When newly licensed as KB0YGT back in 1996, Paula participated as an operator in a local public service winter event.  She wrote her callsign on a leather glove so she could remember and use it when communicating.   Later she served as a go-between at another event.  Paula had a 2 meter hand-held in one hand and an FRS (Family Radio Service) radio in the other.  The goal was to bridge the communications gap between licensed and unlicensed operators.  That worked out fairly well except she sometimes used her ham callsign on the FRS radio with those people wondering what she was talking about! 

Mark and Paula shop local and buy American especially when it comes to automobiles.  The money stays here to help Americans.

The family website is http://www.gilbertlodge.com 
 

Questions?  Email Mark Persons:  teki@mwpersons.com        

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