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I'm a native of Newton, Kansas and was first licensed as amateur radio operator KAØRCK in 1983. I began as a Novice and worked many stations, worldwide, on the 10 Meter Band when first active. I'm presently active on the HF bands, analog VHF/UHF, and DMR via repeaters/hotspot from Downeast Maine and Southwest New Brunswick. Feel free to call on Brandmeister Talkgroups 3120900 and 3120897.


In Canada I hold the callsigns VE9CQ and VE9DIX. Listen for one of these calls during a contest operating from the Maritime Section.

My HF Rig: The Icom IC-7610


Feel free to drop me a line. I'll respond.

My other passion is the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway.


                                    My QSL Card


I log HF contacts on All contacts are then uploaded to Logbook of the World. I also upload my log frequently to; ClubLog,, and,



Ralph "Nick" Skrainka, WØAQ

Nick Skrainka lived in St. Louis, Missouri and was born April 30, 1899. He passed away on December 5, 1986.


Kenneth Lawrence Drost, VE9CQ

Kenneth Lawrence Drost was from Chipman, New Brunswick. He was born in 1937 and passed away on June 27, 2016.

"This is how it should be."

- Charlie




My journey through amateur radio...



In 1975 (at age 12) I took my first Novice class. I learned and passed the Morse Code but failed the theory. Being unable to arrange a re-test, my ham radio hopes were dashed for the time.



In 1983 I heard about another Novice class that was being offered. I enrolled and at the conclusion of the course, held in the home of my elmer, I passed the test and was licensed as KAØRCK. Most of my activities were conducted on the 10 Meter Band.



I remained a Novice for about seven years before attempting to expand my horizons. In 1990 I decided that I would like to participate in VHF/UHF activities so I studied for the Technician Class test and achieved my first upgrade.



After being a Technician, or as they were called after the inception of the no-code license, "Technician Plus", for one year, I passed the General Class license examination. The rest of the HF bands were now open to me!



After being bitten by the upgrade bug, I continued on, and after many hours of study, I received my Advanced Class License in 1992.



The 20 word-per-minute test was harder than expected but I finally passed and became an Extra Class licensee. I still had never checked that box that said, "Change Callsign."



In 1996, the FCC opened the vanity callsign program. According to my records, the "second gate" opened on September 23, 1996, which allowed Extra Class amateur radio operators to apply for the callsign of their choice. I was issued the callsign WØAQ (my first choice) on the first day that such callsigns were issued to any amateur radio operators. 



In 2018 I was offered the opportunity to take the Canadian licensing examination. As my property borders the Canadian Border, I was excited at the chance. I passed the test easily and was issued the callsign VE9CQ within a few days of taking the test.



Canada allows licensed amateur radio operators to apply for a second callsign. Amateurs may hold one 2 X 2 callsign and one 2 X 3 callsign. As such, I applied for, and was issued, the callsign VE9DIX.

2020 Page

In 2020 I wrote articles about my history as an amateur radio operator, and the history of my callsign. I invite you to click here to read it!



  • - The quentessential ham radio community.
  • - A free web-based tool for producing DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log search services and most-wanted lists for ham radio. If you sign up and upload your log, you will be able to track and refine your log and DXing progress more closely. Your participation will also improve the usefulness of the database.
  • - Electronic QSL card exchange.
  • - Vanity callsign tools. This comprehensive website contains information relating to available vanity callsigns, the date(s) which they are available, and a massive amount of statistical infomation regarding amateur radio calsigns. There is a learning curve associated with learining to use the website but the tools are invaluable.
  • - is the second vanity callsign tools website. It is presented differently than and not updated as frequently, but it is a very useful website if researching available vanity callsigns.
  • - The largest Digital Mobile Radio network.
  • - Website where you register for a Digital Mobile Radio ID, manage your ID, and download a database of users and callsigns.
  • TEN TEN INTERNATIONAL - Established in 1962, Ten-Ten International is an organization of amateur radio operators dedicated to maintaining high levels of amateur radio communications on the 10-meter amateur band. I'm member #53993.
  • - Home of The Kadiddlehopper Amateur Radio Club, of which I am member #11373. The Kadiddlehoppers live on 7253.50 Mhz.
  • K2DSL ADIF TO MAP - This web application will read in a ham radio ADIF file produced by many logging programs and map contacts on a Google map.
  • - .adi file mapper.
  • LOG ANALYZER - A very nice .adi mapper. This one is fun. Just upload your file.
  • MAINE DMR - Maine C-Bridge owners, amateur radio DMR repeater owners and volunteers website.
  • NEDECN - The New England Digital Emergency Communications Network; A Digital Network of 90+ Amateur Radio Service Repeaters covering the New England States (DMR).
  • KØ - A comprehensive website for mobile amateur radio operators.
  • - All of your solar and aurora needs in one place!
  • - Live DX spotting maps.
  • - DX cluster.
  • - DX cluster
  • - DX cluster
  • WSJT-X - WSJT is a computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between amateur radio operators. For FT8 and all of those cool igital modes, start here!
  • PSK REPORTER - Website which shows whee digital transmissions have been heard. Super cool! (The link is set for my callsign. You can change it.)
  • DX WORLD - DXpedition News
  • DX NEWS - DX News

I'm the license trustee for the K1QA Amateur Raio Society. We invite you to join us on Facebook and/or at our website! I'm also a board member of the Kansas Exiles Amateur Radio Club (WQØQ).