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Michael Martens
Works at KB9VBR Antennas
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Wausau, WI
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Happy New Year! On the latest episode of Ham Radio Today, I count down the top ten posts over on the KB9VBR Antennas blog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0le8s1GGFEM
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Happy New Year! On the latest episode of Ham Radio Today I count down the top ten posts over on the KB9VBR Antennas blog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0le8s1GGFEM
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This weekend is Scouting's JOTA or Jamboree On The Air​. Amateur Radio is a great complement to the Scouting program. Be sure to check out my blog if you are planning to participate in any any JOTA activities this weekend.

http://www.jpole-antenna.com/2014/09/22/do-the-jota-scoutings-jamboree-on-the-air

#Scouting   #amateurradio   #JOTA  
Every year, around the third weekend in October, Scouting's biggest on-air activities takes place. JOTA or the Jamboree on the air is an operating activity that gives Boy & Girls the opportunity to experience amateur radio and make connections world wide. JOTA also gives amateur radio operators the chance to 'give back' to their community…
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Jota got me interested in ham radio, enough that I got my license at 14.
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Started receiving SSTV images from the ISS overnight. Looking forward to more passes on Sunday.
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It's a Slow Scan TV weekend! The International Space Station will be transmitting slow scan images July 18-19 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. Want to get in on the activity? Read the article below for instructions and links on how you too can receive SSTV images:

http://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/02/25/receiving-slow-scan-tv-images-from-the-international-space-station/
I love satellite communications. I get a certain thrill when I hear the satellite come up above the horizon and the static from the receiver all of a sudden swell with voices, beeps, and other noises. Likewise I feel a little sad when the pass is almost complete and the cacophony of sound is once…
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Don't think I'm getting any passes here. 
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A beautiful end to a day full of severe weather. 
#wisconsin   #severeweather   #rainbow  
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In this video I feature the top three selling amateur radio antennas that you'll find on my website: www.jpole-antenna.com

#hamradio #hamr #antenna
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What would you like to see under the tree this Christmas? Here's a list of ham radio inspired gift ideas for just about any budget https://youtu.be/VU69XgIJUqs
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I'm excited to find out if it will be a +KB9VBR Antennas that will destroy the dome.
 
Tonight's the night! The dome is coming down. Watch the series finale of Under The Dome On CBS to see if they will use my antennas to destroy the dome that has kept the residents of Chester's Mill trapped for the last three seasons. (Thursday Sept 10, 10pm/9 central on CBS).
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Ham Radio Q & A Episode 2: What type of feed line should I buy for my antenna system. https://youtu.be/FOtbpdh0D-E
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if you want really low loss , use open wire feeders.
It opens up more opportunities for antennas and you can pretty well forget about SWR.
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New on my blog, and just in time for Field Day, How to coil cables using the Over-Under method. If you've ever had to deal with snarled cables, coiling them this way will save you a ton of grief.

http://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/06/06/how-to-coil-cables-using-the-over-under-method/
How’d you like to deploy 50 feet of coax with just a flick of the wrist. Watch the video below and I’ll show you how. Has this ever happened to you? You grab a cable, be it an extension cord or piece of coax and start to unwind it. Suddenly you have a snarled mess…
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Dont forget about semi air dielectric cables too. You can damage the cable by coiling it against its natural coil and also maxing its bending radius. The center conductor will move out of center and cause an impedance mismatch or bump.  
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Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Communication Arts, 1998 - 1992
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Marketing, Social Media, Public Speaking, Photography, Amateur Radio
Introduction
Versatile, resourceful, and creative; Michael Martens is an individual with marketing and communication experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Proven ability to ascertain the needs of the organization and identify trends and future courses of action. Works effectively in a team environment and independently with minimal supervision. Exhibits strong Interpersonal skills with a warm, outgoing personality.

Hobbies include bicycling, amateur radio, photography, and the great outdoors.
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My photographs have been published in several local and regional news and travel publications
Work
Occupation
Marketing Director and owner of Relylocal Wausau
Skills
Online marketing, local business marketing, community engagement, social media marketing, blogging, marketing strategy, photography, video, writing, travel
Employment
  • KB9VBR Antennas
    Owner, 2001 - present
    Manufacturer of affordable VHF/UHF antennas for amateur radio, public safety, business band, marine, and scanner monitoring. Available exclusively from www.jpole-antenna.com
  • RelyLocal Wausau
    Owner, 2010 - present
    Buy Local Community Campaign for Wausau, WI. Helping small and locally owned and operated businesses increase their visibility through innovative promotion and marketing: Website Design, Social Media Strategy, Blogging, and Direct Mail Marketing.
  • Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America
    District Executive, 2007 - 2010
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Wausau, WI
Previously
Madison, WI
Located on the edge of Wausau on Hwy 52, Lucky's Eastside Pub is worth the drive. Had lunch there on a Thursday, and even with the brisk lunch crowd that came through- our meals were delivered promptly. The sign says 'Tasty, Tasty, Tasty' and they mean it. Delicious and reasonably priced pub fare: burgers, sandwiches, etc.
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