September 2008. Duane's Spotlight article
is below. The following is an update from him as of
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 Messiah.
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 website, duanestradleybooks.com.
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, Celia Bailey.
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 Columbus, Ohio.
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
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 ]