Tim Richards, KD8NOH
Tim first got interested in emergency communications through friends Ken (N8OL) and Tom (KC8MGD) He obtained his Technician license and call sign KD8NOH in April 2010 after passing the test at the Marshall Crossroads Hamfest. After working the 10 meter band, Tim found an interest in DX and upgraded his license to General in September 2010. Since then, Tim has earned his mixed DXCC certification and has submitted his application for the Diamond DXCC award. He also found an interest in contesting, and in 2011 took first place in Area 8, second place in the US, and third place in North America in the rookie category of the CQ World-Wide WPX Contest. Tim also participates in Field Day and the Michigan QSO Party each year and enjoys working digital modes.Tim enjoys being a member of BARA and participating in club activities. He hopes that through the club more people will get interested in amateur radio and emergency communications.
Dan Utroske, KF8Z
in 2003, Dan spent a year
playing around on 2 meters and trying to learn CW.
he bought a Ten-Tec Triton to listen to the HF activity and get
motivated...it worked. In 2005 Dan upgraded to General and
Extra. He picked up a bencher paddle and keyer and started
CW contacts for a few weeks. Then he picked up a mic and CW
neglected for a couple of years. Dan also discovered the
DX and the world of contesting. In 2007 he achieved DXCC on
Email Dan, KF8Z
Ken Jewell, N8OL
|Biography coming soon.
Matt Adrian, KD8ZB
Annie Kaeding, W8ALK
Email Annie, W8ALK
In 2006 with the right timing and encouragement from her husband, Randy (K8TMK), Annie decided to take the classes offered by BARA. By November 2008, she advanced from Technician to Extra Class. Annie’s first call sign was KD8CZO which she changed to the vanity call sign W8ALK. Annie hopes to get the WAS Award (Work All States). Annie was named 2008 BARA Ham of the Year. Annie worked at Heath Company for 21 years. In 1993, she became a Security Receptionist at Whirlpool. She retired in 2009.
Gary Wallis, KB8VIM
|Becoming licensed first in 1994 to join his late father-in-law in one of his
interests, Gary has added this facet of electronics to his list of many spare time
hobbies. Within the past year, he's taken the opportunity to upgrade his license
class with the help of our gracious BARA 'teachers', and he enjoys immensely the
fellowship of BARA members. In November of 2008 Gary upgraded to Extra Class.
Email Gary, KB8VIM
|Biography coming soon.|
Ron Ackerman, N8KBG
|Ron earned his first Ham ticket, a
Novice Class with callsign WN8WWR, in 1967 while in high
school. He upgraded a year later to Technician Class with callsign
WB8CEZ. Not long after getting the Tech ticket, other interests in life
took precedence (cars, girls) so he sold all his ham gear
except for a Heathkit Sixer HW29A he built.
Fast forward to 1988 while living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Ron's interest in ham radio was rekindled by a visit to the nearby Amateur Electronic Supply store. He bought a couple of license manuals and Morse code practice tapes. After a few weeks of study, Ron earned a General Class ticket and became N8KBG. In 1990 he upgraded to Advanced. In November 2008 he upgraded to Extra Class. His Ham radio interests revolve around operating CW QRP, and Digital Modes. Ron still owns and uses the Heathkit Sixer from 1969.
Email Ron, N8KBG