Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hi there.  Welcome to the WA8REI blog.  Here's a photo of my Yaesu FT-2000 transceiver, purchased in 2010 at the Dayton Hamvention.

My interests are many: ham radio, piano, organ, hammered dulcimer, camping, traveling, sightseeing, lighthouse viewing to name a few.  

I own a 1996 Winnebago Rialta motor home.  I like to wilderness camp with it and operate "QRP portable" (low power amateur radio from hilltops, lighthouses, special events, etc.).  The photo to the right shows such a location in Ogemaw County, MI, roughly 80 miles north of home, where I maintain permanent ropes in trees on a 1,500 foot hilltop in the Au Sable State forest.  There is abundant wildlife in the area:  deer, coyotes, black bear, hawks to name a few.


I loved playing the pipe organ.  This photo was taken only a few weeks before my stroke in January 2008.  Since the stroke,  I have no use of my left hand.  My organ playing days ended.  I was a professional church organist from 1973 to 2008, performing in 7 churches over that time frame in Michigan, New York and Germany.

This is me at my Tadashi grand piano, pre-stroke. 

I can make music one handed with my Korg 01WproX electronic keyboard.  Below is a sample.

73 (best regards) to all.  Drop me an email at  to
comment or ask questions.  -- Ken                        


  1. Grrrr! Welcome 2 da blogosphere... off 2 a beary nice start der bro!

    Kelly K4UPG
    PB #173

  2. Grrrr! Yall doin a grate thang har Ken. Weuns shud beez so smert to doz onz. Yall bee gud. 72 Hillbillz

  3. Was just over at Larry's blog W2LJ and was reading about your new blog. Looks great and looking forward to reading and following it. Good luck and welcome to blogging!!