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Michael Martens
Works at KB9VBR Antennas
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Wausau, WI
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Thank you Aaron over at ARTech: Amateur Radio Tech for the great article on KB9VBR antennas. Read more about the history of my J-Pole antennas and how I got my start in amateur radio. . . http://amateurradiotech.com/kb9vbr-j-pole-revolution/
KB9VBR Antennas is the J-Pole antenna leader in the Amateur Radio world. I speak with the owner, Michael Martens, for an in-depth look at his product.
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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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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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Like any hobby, ham radio has a language of its own. On my blog today I list several of the more peculiar words and terms you'll hear over the air and in conversation with other hams. . .

http://www.jpole-antenna.com/2016/02/24/ham-radios-peculiar-language/

If you’ve been exposed to amateur radio for any length of time, you’ll notice that the hobby has a language all of its own. Special words and phrases, Q codes and numbers- what do all these mean? The richness and diversity of the language of amateur radio has grown over it’s century of history. Some…
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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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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.
Bragging rights
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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