I am Bob Locher, W9KNI, and this is my blog.
First – who am I?
I was born in 1942. I’ve been a ham since 1957, active most of those years, primarily spent chasing DX, and mostly on CW. I was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Art Collins, W0CXX, founder of Collins Radio, was a family friend and my original mentor. Art signed off on my Novice License application.
I am a co-founder of Bencher, Inc. and founder of Idiom Press, which is now owned and operated by W7GH.
I am the author of “The Complete DX’er” and of “A Year of DX”, published by Idiom Press.
I live in western Oregon, about 8 miles west of the city of Grants Pass. Grants Pass is in a beautiful area, mountainous, with a mild four-season climate. My wife Judy and I have lived here now since 2004, and we have no plans to leave.
I have several goals for this blog. For one, I want to share some of the techniques used to get my station and antennas to work. I have LONG runs – it is 550 feet from the back of the amplifier to the antenna feed point – a lot of coax and a lot of rotor control cables. Other amateurs have had a lot of tips on their websites that have helped me – I am hoping some of my tricks will help others as well.
I’ll discuss some of the gear I use and why I selected it. And as a long time veteran of amateur radio as a business as well as a hobby, I’ll offer a few insights I’ve arrived at there.
I will discuss DX’ing matters as well.
You will note there is no provision for email or discussions here. Why? For one thing, having been involved with customer service for many years, much of it by email. I want to retire from that and NOT get into long email exchanges. So I am going to be a curmudgeon. You don’t like what I have to say? Fine. Go start your own blog and say what you think. We will all be richer for it – or not.
The opinions you see here will be my own unless I specifically indicate otherwise.
This site will not come to full flower overnight – I figure it will be a work of at least a few years.
I hope you find it interesting.
Bob Locher W9KNI