Before WWII Vern had an F.C.C. Radio Telegraph License and worked for the West Virginia State Police. On duty Vern had immediate contact with all of the other 47 states in our union. Using CW he obtained vehicle registration for the State Troopers when they stopped out of state vehicle.
He has operated from several world QTH’s. Likes to use high towers and mono band antennas. Has 5 element mono @ 152’/51 meters on 20. A 2 element phased array @ 160’/53 meters on 40. A 12 element log peiodic at 35 meters. A 5 element 15 meter telrex @ 24 meters & 5 element 10 meter telrex @ 22 meters. Wire antennas include a Super Loop running North/South at 110 feet/31 meters. He also has a 160 meter Carolina Windom at the same height running East/West.
Lately Vern has been experimenting with quality ssb audio. He uses, a IC-7800, a german condenser microphone, the Neuman TLM 103 with a pop screen, an Omnia ToolVox voice processor, and a Orban 9200 Optimod-AM Digital audio processor This is the ‘state of the art’ audio processor that is used by the better and larger U.S.A. AM broadcast radio stations. Vern uses a Tascam MD-301 MK II mini disc recorder and if asked will record your transmission and play it back for you. Vern has optimized the dot weighting & CW waveform rise & fall time on his IC-7800 to facilitate his love of QRQ CW.
Vern also owns, has built, and operates 50,000 watt and 25,000 watt FM broadcast stations with 500 foot towers. Operates AM broadcast stations and Translators in Indiana and Missouri. Has AM and FM stations in the St. Louis, Missouri area. With his commercial broadcast stations was the first 50,000 watt FM Radio station in the U.S.A. to operate 24/7 IBOC/HD Radio…(digital RF). (www.ibiquity.com).