September 2008. Duane's Spotlight article is
below. The following is an update from him as of August
have a book accepted by a publisher which is now
available. It is a fiction story of business men of the
first century crossing the path of Jesus and learning
from the prophecies that Jesus of Nazareth is the
update this biography, I have renewed my personal ham
station after a year. I served as net manager for the
ARMS net for over two years, and many times as alternate
net control. It is time to lighten my ship as I teach
Bible classes twice a week at retirement homes here in
Baton Rouge, LA. I have missed my many friends on the
above listed nets.
look for my book, The Merchant of Damascus, at my
The book is now available at Amazon.com,
My website will soon be functioning, as well as Buy.com,
73 and 99. Duane, KM5O."
week's spotlight is on Duane Stradley, KM5O. Duane lives
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife of 60 years,
and Celia have three children and seven grandchildren.
He says the three children are all well established. One
son has his own business and their daughter just retired
after twenty-eight years of personnel work with the
State of Louisiana. Their youngest son served twelve
years in the Navy and now manages a Walgreen's in
was first licensed in 1957 as as KN9JFC in Peoria,
Illinois. He upgraded to Conditional and then General
Class. Following military service in the U.S. Army, he
moved to Oklahoma and was issued K5WUK. He passed the
Amateur Extra Class exam in 1980 and was issued his
current call of KM5O. Two of his brothers are also hams.
Duane returned to Illinois, finished college at Bradley
University, and took the pastorate of two churches in
central Louisiana. For eight years Duane wrote and
taught a Bible teaching radio program in Baton Rouge. He
still writes Bible studies for a retirement home where
he teaches regularly. Also, he remains active in his
local church. In 1989, Duane retired from 3M
Pharmaceutical sales after twenty-three years.
main KM5O station includes a Kenwood TS-870S, a Heathkit
SB-220 amplifier, an MFJ-989C antenna tuner, and a
Cushcraft 4-element tribander at 87 feet. A secondary
rig is a Kenwood TS-930S and a Heathkit SB-221
amplifier. Other antennas include a 75-meter bazooka and
a 40-meter half-square up about 70 feet. He also uses
the Clear Speech speaker and voice enhancement audio
equipment. He's built several Heathkit units through the
years. Duane says he keeps his radios in the living room
so he can be close to the coffee pot. He enjoys DXing
with this fine station, has WAS, and belongs to the
Ragchewer's Club, QCWA, BRARC, and a local ham radio
club. On several occasions he's helped with emergency
nets during hurricanes.
discovered the ARMS net a few years ago and now serves
as ARMS Net Manager. He is also active with Hams for
Christ and sometimes checks into the Bible Fellowship
Net at 5 a.m. Concerning ARMS he says, "I have been
in the ARMS net for more than three years and I enjoy it
much. It keeps me in the Bible reading for the net as
well as my own devotions. I believe our Bible talk goes
around the world. Thank God for that." Indeed!
is another big interest in Duane's life. In fact he
plays the fiddle. You can see of good picture of him and
his fiddle on QRZ.com.
favorite Scripture verse is Philippians 4:13: "I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me" (KJV). Thanks, Duane, for using that strength
to serve the Lord.
POSTED ON 29-JAN-2006; 22-AUG-2006 ]
UPDATED ON 28-FEB-2007; 01-SEP-08; 22-MAY-2009 ]