Patrons of Ham Radio Answers

My special thanks to the patrons of my YouTube channel and Website, “Ham Radio Answers.” These patrons provide a fixed amount every month via my Patreon page. You can visit Patreon and become a patron yourself!

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Patrons at the $50/month level

Alex Mackenzie

Alex Mackenzie became a patron on March 2020. Thanks Alex! He writes, “Good morning to you. Im happy to help. When I started to understand how time consuming and effort intensive your tutorial videos were, I knew this was an endeavor I wanted to somehow be a tiny part of. I am currently using your videos to upgrade my license to the extra class and Ive introduced my older son to ham radio heavily using your videos. The way you pass information brings back the magic the way my grandfather influenced me. When I was a child Gramps introduced me to the world by involving me in his hobbies which included ham radio, astronomy and telescope building, steam railroad tech both in models and real life, and aviation construction and probably most importantly flying our steerman, yankee, BD-5, and chief. I retired from the military as a medevac pilot; and now I have the time to give this same chance to experience those wonders to my boys. Your videos help myself and countless others… possibly more than you know. Thank you.”

Patrons at the $20/month level

Jack Espinal

Jack Espinal, Became a patron on 11 May 2020. Thanks Jack!

Bob Slovick

Bob Slovick, ADØHI, became a patron on 19 April 2017, and upgraded his patronage on 23 Aug 2017. Thanks Bob!

Justin Smith

Justin Smith became a patron on 20 Feb 2019. Thanks, Justin!

Joseph Ducar, KJ4QFV

Joseph Ducar, KJ4QFV became a patron on 26 Aug 2018 and upgraded to $20/mo on 20 May 2019. Thanks John!

Tim Staley, K5TGS

Patron Tim Staley

Tim, K5TGS, became a patron on 1 Jan 2019 and upgraded to $20/month on 20 June 2019. Thanks Tim! He writes, “I first became interested in radio when I was in high school through SWL with a Hallicrafters WR-1000 receiver. I am retired so I have plenty of time for radio activities. I enjoy public service events in North Texas, and belong to the Denton County Amateur Radio club. I also serve as weekly net control stations for the 7290 net on every Tuesday, the RV Radio net on Sunday evening and DMR on Texas Statewide every fourth Wednesday. My station includes an Elecraft K3s, KAP500 amplifier with their tuner. I also enjoy DSTAR and DMR.”

Brad Rich, N6GR

Brad Rich, N6GR, became a $20/month patron on 11 Aug 2019. He writes, “Ever since observing a Hammarlund HF receiver while I was in 8th grade, I have loved the magic of electromagnetic waves and Ham Radio. I built my first Heathkit during 1974, having earned a Novice license. During the ’90s when I could afford the hobby and earned more advanced grants, I worked my way to Extra Class when you had to pass a 20 word per minute code test leading to equipment that allowed me to chase DX. I am soon retiring and installing a 70-foot tower and probably a SteppIR 6 thru 40 meter three element beam. I have alway dreamed of a horizontal gain antenna at some height. Aviation has always been in my blood as well having earned FAA Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor ratings. I do not often fly these days. I find relaxing in my shack more comfortable, and radio communications still provides the magic.” Thanks, Brad!

Rodney Everage

Rodney Everage became a patron in 2018

Patrons at the $10/month level


Bill became a patron on 7 May, 2020. Thanks Bill

Kelvin D. Olson

Kelvin became a patron on 26 May, 2019. Thanks Kelvin!

Melinda and Robert Koster

Melinda Koster, and Robert Koster KG5NWD, KG5NWE, became patron on 18 April 2017. Thank you for your support! When I told Melinda she’s my very first patron via, she replied, “Hope you have a bunch more soon! We (KG5NWE and KG5NWD) almost have our HF rig and antenna up – working on CW as well. Wish there were more hours in the day to watch – you are very encouraging!”

Melinda and Robert Koster, patrons

Dave McKay

Dave McKay, WB6EAR, became a patron on 2 Nov 2017. Dave writes: “Thanks for the videos! Your Tech and General series helped me pass my exams!! I have learned more from your channel than any others I watch on Ham Radio. About me ….. I was introduced to Ham Radio and Shortwave in the mid 70s but never had the ability to delve to deep into either one. Since then i have come across Ham several times but it wasn’t until recently that it came up again and I decided to go for it. I am interested in the entire hobby but most interested in QRP. I find it very interesting how you can send a small signal half way around the world and talk to someone else. I am somewhat limited so far. I haven’t figured out what kind of antenna to use for my shack. I am leaning towards a vertical so I can get the most bands possible with a single low profile antenna since I live in an HOA with a small patio between 2 buildings covered in stucco. For the moment I am somewhat relegated to handheld contacts. I have been listening to the WinSystem from time to time. I haven’t really spent much time on the air as yet. I am still learning about the hobby.”

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan, became a patron on Sept 2016 and upgraded to $10/month on 4 Nov 2019. Thanks Daniel!

Tim Clark

Tim Clark became a patron on 4 May 2019. Thanks, Tim! He writes, “My Call is in memory of my good friend Mark, KD8NKX who went SK shortly before I passed my Tech & Gen in 2015. I haven’t done much in Ham since then, but that is changing this year as I push the home build along and get a shack together with HF at the center of it all. Thanks for all the fantastic work you do to help us Hamlets get into the hobby. It was your Study Guide videos and lots of practice exams that helped me pass the T & G exams and I hope to add “/AE” to my Call later this Summer with the same study regime.” Best of luck with your studies, Tim!

Alan Thompson, W6WN

Alan became a patron on 14 July 2019. He writes, “In 1962, I earned a Novice ticket at age 11. A few months later, I upgraded to Technician. I’d always wanted an advanced license, but couldn’t master the skills needed. With high school, I discovered cars and girls and left radio behind. After a 55-year hiatus and a career in satellite communications, I became interested in ways to help California fire fighters deployed beyond the reach of cell services to stay in touch with their families. That quickly led to a headlong dive back into radio in 2017, only this time I wouldn’t settle for less than a top ticket. Nowadays when I’m not working (or gabbing on my radio), I’m busy talking before Civic Groups, Homeowners’ Associations, Fire-safe Councils and Ham Clubs about “Radio For The Rest of Us” community safety programs using FRS and GMRS radios.” Alan, thanks for your patronage and for all the good work you do!

Joe W Ruffer

Joe became a patron on 26 November 2019. Thanks Joe!

Johnathan Williams
Johnathan became a patron on February 2019. Thanks Johnathan!

Patrons at the $7/month level

Carl Preece

Carl Preec became a patron in March 2020. Thanks Carl!

Patrons at the $5/month level

Sam Sabin

Sam Sabin became a patron on 12 June 2020. Thanks Sam!

Don Weeks

Don Weeks became a patron on 12 June 2020. Thanks Don!

Kenneth J Moss

Kenneth J Moss became a patron on 27 May 2020. Thanks Kenneth!

John Eddy

Alex Spowart became a patron on 20 May 2020. Thanks John!

Alex Spowart

Alex Spowart became a patron on 12 May 2020. Thanks Alex Spowart!

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders became a patron on 2 May 2020. Thanks Michael!

Heidi Morton

Heidi Morton became a patron on 11 May 2020. Thanks Heidi!

Joseph Longhurst

Joseph Longhurst became a patron on April 2020. Thanks Joseph!

Richard Broman

Richard Broman became a patron on 10 June 2019. Thanks Richard!

Michael Skurka, K5MSK

Michael Skurka, K5MSK, became a patron on 5 June 2019. Thanks Michael! He writes, “I’m a life-long electronics hobbyist and always wanted to get my “ticket”. Finally, in the summer of 2013, I became a licensed operator, passing both Technician and General exams. I am now studying for the Amateur Extra exam. I serve as the radio “expert” for the company where I work, participate in DHS SHARES, and have started a club there to encourage my colleagues to obtain their licenses. When I’m not watching Dave’s latest videos (and learning more!), I participate in local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), serving as one of several Net Control operators for weekly training nets. Many thanks to Dave for his continuing contributions to Amateur Radio. 73 to all, DE K5MSK.”

Patrick Clark, KM4EZ,

Patrick Clark, Km4ez, became a patron on Nov 2019. He writes,”I started my ham radio exploration a few years ago after having health problems and needing an interest that would be good for a more sedentary life style. Read some books and found youtube. Then shortly after that, I found Dave, doing his thing. This was a great awakening. Dave’s videos inspired me to work toward getting my ticket and setting up a station. Between my reading and studying with Dave, I now have my Extra license and a station. I could never have done this on my own. Even with Dave’s help it still took me several years and three tries to pass the Extra test. I am just now helping to support Dave. I wish I could do more, but, I’m retired and on a fixed income. Maybe one day I will be able to do more to help others in their quest for a ham radio license as Dave does. But for now, thank you Dave. Thank you ever so much. You are a treasure to us ham radio newbies!” Thanks Patrick!

Richard Edge, VE7RXE

Richard Edge, VE7RXE, became a patron on 22 May 2019. He writes, “I have only been licensed for a year. In fact a year ago this past week. I had wanted to get my licence since I first came across ham operators while tuning around the shortwave bands in my latter teen years. I became an electronics technician after building crystal radios and other circuits in my youth. My job and other life issues unfortunately took up most of my time and I ended up putting off getting licensed after retiring. It became a no brainer then since I now had all kinds of time on my hands. I took a course with a local club in April last year and obtained a level here in Canada called Basic with Honours which gives me access to all HF and VHF and above frequencies. This level requires a 80% or better score. Below that is similar to your Technician Class. I do aim to learn CW and go for the Advanced Licence level after gaining a bit more on air experience. I have yet to make a contact on HF due to HOA antenna challenges, but I will persevere.” Thanks, Richard!

Richard Konrad, KO1RNK

Richard became a patron on 23 May 2019. He is a former firefighter and college teacher, now working in public health. His agency has trained a number of Hams for emergency communications. Thanks, Richard!

Richard Hall,

Richard Hall, became a patron on July 2019. Thanks Richard!

Dave Palica, KRØOT

Dave Palica, KRØOT, became a patron on 9 May 2019. He writes: “In 2003 a co-worker asked if I wanted to go to a HAM radio class at BYU. I came home with my tech license (KD7TZG). Radios were out of my price range at that time. Fast forward to Christmas 2018 where Tania, my MUCH better half gifted me a Baofeng. Once I had the radio, I really began to learn. I studied and passed my General in March, and my Extra in April. I’m currently setting up my shack for HF (including digital). I’ve joined two local clubs. One is BYU (I work there). Thanks sharing your passion, time, and talents for all of your awesome videos.They were most helpful.” He also notes he’s run Linux for years, hence the RØOT in the callsign. Thanks for being a Patron, Dave!

David Crandall,

David Crandall, became a patron on Jun 2019. Thanks David!

Aaron Blattner, K17AZG

Aaron Blattner, became a patron on Sep 2019. Thanks Aaron!

Benjamin Otto,

Benjamin Otto, became a patron on Jun 2019. Thanks Benjamin!

Paul, N7TZW,

Paul became a patron on March 2019. Thanks Paul!

Chris Keller,

Chris Keller, became a patron on Feb 2017. Thanks Chris!

Larry Hatt,

Larry Hatt, became a patron on Oct 2019. Thanks Larry!

Michael Downey,

Michael Downey, became a patron on June 2016. Thanks Michael!


K5GTE, became a patron on July 2018. They write ” Lover of everything science and space!” Thanks K5GTE!


VK3FSPD, became a patron on 30 Oct 2019. VK3FSPD writes, “I have been licensed here in Australia for almost a year and I will be upgrading to the top tier as soon as I have time. I think I will use your videos to get to extra. We are able to do ve exams here and get that converted to our advanced. I have been looking at your videos (after seeing you with Kevin) and reviews for a while now. I recently received a QRP labs wspr deluxe kit after seeing your video also I got the mfj receive loop. I’m very envious of your new vertical and can’t wait to it on the air. Thank you a 73 Simon VK3FSPD” Thanks Simon!

Ted Talbert,K15AZX

Ted Talbert, became a patron on Jan 2017. Thanks Ted!

John W Peterson,

John W Peterson, became a patron on Dec 2016. Thanks John!

John Pinker,

John Pinker, became a patron on March 2020. Thanks John!

Mark Aiken, KI5DMA

Mark Aiken, KI5DMA, became a patron on 9 Mar 2019. Mark writes, “I was very interested in amateur radio when I was a teenager. I’ve kept an eye out for new information over the years, but never really pursed the hobby. Now, later in life I’ve got some free time to go after ham radio…. My first realization was that I’ve really been missing out on a lot of fun and radio advancements. I have to thank Dave for all his great videos—and special thanks for the license prep videos. They were foundational for my passing of my technician exam…. Now off to study for the General and watch more of Dave’s great videos there!” Thanks, Mark, and good luck with your studies!

John DiLiberto

John DiLiberto changed his patronage on 19 Feb 2019. John says, “Dave Casler’s exam prep series were a key component of my preparation for the three amateur radio exams I sat for and passed in 2016. Even the Extra Class license is merely a foundation for the discipline of radio communication, and KE0OG has continued to edify me by sharing his deep expertise in his Ask Dave! series. I like to give where I am blessed, and am honored to be one of Dave’s supporters here on Patreon.” John is also an avid Prepper. Many thanks, John!

Jack R. Dempsey, WB7VTT

Jack R. Dempsey, WB7VTT became a patron on 30 July 2017. Thanks Jack!

h3>Donald Gover, VA6DLG

Donald Gover, VA6DLG became a patron on 24 Aug 2017. Thanks Donald!

Jerry Ryan, K8VGL

Jerry Ryan, K8VGL, became a patron on 1 April 2019. Thanks, Jerry! His QRZ page says, “I received my license in 1960 starting with the Novice as KN8VGL, upgrading through Technician, General and to Advanced that I held for 38 years before final up grade to Extra. I spent my early years on the VHF and UHF spectrum operating all modes, but primarily on 6 and 2 SSB. In 1966 I joined the USAF and spent 4 years in the Ground Radio field including a year in III Corp in Viet Nam. Since that time, my stations have been modest with hidden antennas because of covenants. I operate SSB, some CW and PSK31 on the low bands. Recently I have been trying out the other weak signal modes of WSJ-X. VHF activity is mostly FM on 6, 2 and 440. I am an active member of the Van Wert Amateur Radio Club making very few meetings because of the distance, but always operating in field day with the club. I participate when possible with Marion county ARES of Indianapolis assisting with the annual Mini-Marathon 500, Tour-de-Cure bicycle race and other activities. I retired in 2013 and now have more time for operating. I participate in contests such as Indiana QSO, ARRL VHF, Sweepstakes, and of course Field Day. Hope to meet you on the bands.”

Jim Maloney

Jim Maloney became a patron on 20 Aug 2018. Thanks Jim!

Jim Record, AD0YO

Jim Record, AD0YO, became a patron on 7 Apr 2018. Thanks Jim!

Rick Hofmann,

Rick Hofmann, became a patron on Sep 2019. Thanks Rick!

h3>John Christensen, KI7UXS

John Christensen, KI7UXS, became a patron on 19 July 2018. Thanks John!

Larry Weed, KI5ACA

Larry Weed, KI5ACA became a patron on 15 Dec 2018. Thanks Larry!

Roland Smith, K7OJL

Roland Smith, K7OJL, became a patron on 2 May 2018. Thanks Roland!

Robert Singleton, N5HRK

Robert Singleton, N5HRK, became a patron on 5 Jan 2019. Thanks Robert!

Ronald Terrell, KK6URQ

Ronald Terrell, KK6URQ became a patron on 31 July 2017. Thanks Ronald!

Bernie Nazari, K6NAZ

Bernie Nazari, K6NAZ, became a patron on 12 July 2019. Thanks, Bernie!

David N

David N became a patron on Dec 2017. He writes,”Engineer, avid 3D printer, ham radio operator, runner and cyclist. Thanks David!

Josh King, KI4BHG

Josh King became a patron on 27 July 2018. Thanks Josh!

William A. Rossbach,

William A. Rossbach, became a patron on July 2018. Thanks, William!

Marc Robbins, KB7MBR

Marc Robbins, KB7MBR, became a patron on 11 Aug 2019. He writes, “I have a General Class license. I am studying for my Extra. I became interested in Ham Radio about a year and a half ago. I am planning to build out a modest ham shack next year.” Thanks, Marc!

Richard Swartz

Richard became a patron on 19 December, 2019. Thank Richard!

Old Lion

Old Lion became a patron on 12 November, 2019. Thanks Old Lion!

Scott Palluth

Scott became a patron on 12 November, 2019. Thanks Scott!

Randman, KOTNG

Randman became a patron on 10 December, 2019. Thanks Randman!

Richard Broman

Richard became a patron on 10 June, 2019. Thanks Richard!

Sam Petri

Sam became a patron on 1 January, 2020. Thanks Sam!

Oscar W Brown

Oscar became a patron on February 2019. Thanks Oscar!

Steve McNaughton

Steve became a patron on February 2019. Thanks Steve!

jeff Jerde

Jeff became a patron on February 2019. Thanks Jeff!

Wes Ford

Wes became a patron on February 2019. Thanks Wes!


Baset became a patron on Nov 2017. Thanks Baset!

Patrons at the $4/month level

Patrons at the $3/month level

  • Jacob Mariam became a patron on March, 2019. Thanks Jacob!
  • Jack Moerman became a patron on September, 2018. Thanks Jack!
  • Matt McKay became a patron on April, 2020. Thanks Matt!

Patrons at the $2/month level

    Dave Slotter, W3DJS

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