DUANE STRADLEY, KM5O Duane Stradley, KM5O
01 September 2008.
This week's spotlight is on Duane Stradley
and Celia have three children and seven grandchildren.
was first licensed in 1957 as as KN9JFC in Peoria, Illinois.He
upgraded to Conditional and then General Class.Following military service in the U.S. Army
moved to Oklahoma and was issued K5WUK.He
passed the Amateur Extra Class exam in 1980 and was issued his
current call of KM5O.Two of his
brothers are also hams.
returned to Illinois, finished college at Bradley University
, and took the pastorate of two churches in central Louisiana.For eight years Duane
wrote and taught a Bible teaching radio program in Baton Rouge.He
still writes Bible studies for a retirement home where he
teaches regularly.Also, he
remains active in his
local church.In 1989, Duane retired from 3M Pharmaceutical sales after twenty-three years.
The main KM5O station includes a Kenwood TS-870S, a Heathkit SB-220 amplifier, an MFJ-989C antenna tuner, and a Cushcraft 4-element tribander at 87 feet.A secondary rig is a Kenwood TS-930S and a Heathkit SB-221 amplifier.Other antennas include a 75-meter bazooka and a 40-meter half-square up about 70 feet.He
also uses the Clear Speech speaker and voice enhancement audio equipment.He's
built several Heathkit units through the years.Duane
radios in the living room so he
can be close to the coffee pot.He
enjoys DXing with this fine station, has WAS, and belongs to the Ragchewer's Club
, QCWA, BRARC, and a local ham radio club.On several occasions he's
helped with emergency nets during hurricanes.Duane discovered the ARMS net a few years ago and now serves as ARMS Net Manager.He
is also active with Hams for Christ and sometimes checks into the Bible Fellowship Net at 5 a.m. Concerning ARMS he
says, "I have been in the ARMS net for more than three years and I enjoy it much.
, for using that strength to serve the Lord.