The Operator

Callsign: WØFW
Operator: Shawn
QTH: near Oral, SD
Locator: DN83ki
Created:1973
Licensed: 2013
Class: Amateur Extra

I serve as the vice president of the Hot Springs Amateur Radio Club (HSARC) located in Hot Springs SD. I am a ARRL Volunteer Examiner, License Instructor and Life Member (just as soon as I finish the payments)

I ended my 12 year career as a locomotive engineer with Union Pacific Railroad in October 2016 to move back to South Dakota and take over the family ranch.

This ranch has been in the family since it was originally homesteaded in the early 1900's. For nearly 100 years, there has been a Morgan family trying to make a living on this chunk of gumbo.

While we have been "on the grid" since the early 50's...life out here in the middle of nowhere is very much like living on the homestead.

We still live off the land and raise our own meat and vegetables. The ranch is now nearly 4000 acres and our cattle herd totals about 175 Angus cows.

I am the 4th generation to eek out a living here. Most of my time is devoted to caring for the cattle but I try to carve out a little time for ham radio.

This is our pet antelope affectionately called Maybelline....because of her long eyelashes. She just showed up here one day about 7 years ago and has hung around ever since.

She is tame, you can pet her. The cow dogs herd her around the yard when they are bored...she seems to enjoy it.

I have had a lot of fun in ham radio over the years. My station saw changes over the past few years.

Since the summer of 2017, I have devoted the majority of my ham radio time to field portable communications.

I sold my Flex 3000 radio....I almost shed a couple tears as the mailman drove off with the package. I really enjoyed that radio....it was amazing what I could do with it.

The funds from the sale went toward the purchase of a Elecraft KXPA100...the 100 watt amplifier.

This will be paired with my Elecraft KX3 / PX3 field station for operating from the shack. Now that the KX3 is my only HF radio, I can devote all of my "radio time" into learning everything I can about operating it.

I have also put together a headless Raspberry Pi 3 and loaded it with JS8Call, FLDigi, and WSJT-X. This allows me to use almost any digital mode from the field.

All logs are uploaded to LoTW, QRZ and eQSL.