Welcome to my home on the Web. KE9V is my amateur radio call sign which also makes for a short and unique domain name. Licensed since 1977, I've spent more than forty years exploring many of the facets of this hobby, from spark to space!
I live in Muncie, Indiana (EN70) in the United States. Born and raised here, we left in 1984 and returned in 1996 to look after aging relatives and stuck around. It's flyover country, but there are a few interesting things to see and do here if you ever visit. We have four children and four grandchildren with another grandchild on the way. It's difficult to imagine leaving here now, but retirement is just around the corner and anything is possible.
My shack includes an ICOM IC-7610 HF transceiver along with an IC-9700 that covers all-modes on VHF/UHF/1.2GHz. An IC-7300 serves as a dedicated 6 meter station and as a reliable HF backup. I have an Elecraft KX3 for work from the field. For chasing FM satellites, I use a Kenwood TH-D72A with an Arrow antenna. APRS, portable D-STAR and FM is handled by a Kenwood TH-D74A.
I'm a life member of ARRL - the national association for amateur radio. I'm also a member of AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-UK, Radio Amateurs of Canada, TAPR, QCWA, and the Northern California DX Foundation.
The Daily Soapbox is my personal radio journal. It's not really a blog, there's no content management system, syndicated feed or reader comments. Rather, it's a collection of daily missives that includes activities, plans, results from sprints and contests, and assorted ephemeral notions about the ham radio lifestyle presented in a simple soapbox format.
If we recently worked on the air, thanks for the contact! It will be confirmed via LoTW within hours. I also upload to Club Log. Sorry, I don't use any other electronic logging service. I'm good on QRZ and will respond in kind to your paper QSL. No SASE required. I'm also good at the SKCC buro. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org works too.