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