Episode 346 – Dan Marler – K7REX

Dan Marler, K7REX, owes much of his professional opportunities and success to his amateur radio background.  A “people person”, K7REX, likes to give back to the amateur radio community as an ARRL Section Manager and founder of the RATPAC, a group that does not include Sammy, Dean, and Frank.  Dan tells his ham radio story in this QSO Today.

First License:  1961, Novice, K7REX, Age 11

Hometown:  Boise, ID

First Elmer: Roland W7KXJ

First Rig: 
BC342 HF Receiver, WW2 Vintage
Heathkit DX-60 Transmitter
External Heathkit VF-1

Current Rigs are: 
Home Station
YAESU FT-950Rohn 50′ Tower, TA-33JR WARC Yagi, M2 6M3 6 Meter Yagi, 80m-10m Off-Center-Fed WIndom 
YAESU FTM-100DR  (VHF/UHF FM & Fusion)
Icom ID-5100A  (VHF/UHF FM & D-STAR)
DVMEGA Cast Multimode IP Radio (D-Star/Fusion/DMR)
Mobiles are:
Icom IC-2820H  (VHF/UHF FM & D-STAR)

Icom ID-51A Plus and ID-51A Plus2 (VHF/UHF FM & D-STAR)
Yaesu FT-2DR ((VHF/UHF FM & Fusion)
Anytone AT-D878UV (FM & DMR)

First contact: Joe Pierce, K7SWW

Japanese transistor radio vintage
Shortwave Listening
Gem State Amateur Radio Club
Boatswain’s Mate
E5 US Navy
Baudot Teletype
B School US Navy, Long Beach, CA
VARA high speed Winlink
The Nine Dots – “thinkging out of the box” 
Radioman US Navy
USS Talladega
Eastman Kodak Field Service,  Rochester NY
FCC Commercial Radio Telephone License
ARRL Section Manager, Idaho
ARRL Field Day
RATPAC –  Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee
QSO Today Ham Expo – Lessons Learned to RATPAC,  Eric Guth 4Z1UG

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: We are our own worst enemies.  

Advice to new or returning hams: doors are wide open 

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Signal Corps BC342 HF Receiver
Heathkit DX-60 Novice Transmitter
Yaesu FT-950 HF Transceiver
Icom ID-51 A Dual Band Portable

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