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I've been  a licensed ham since 1989 when I recieved KB5ILS as my first call. The same day I received my ticket, my then 12 year old son Michael received KB5ILT. We were subsequently AB5EA and AB5EB as extras. I, however, opted for a vanity call and Michael remains AB5EB. My youngest son Jake was also licensed when he was 12 and holds the call KB5SKN. I also have two grandsons, Reid and Boogie, KF5GYE and KF5GYD, who hold their General Class ticket.

I am #1 DXCC Honor and I have over 1,030 IOTA Islands confirmed. Most recently I have begun enjoying the Summits on the Air (SOTA), www.sota.org.uk,  both as an activator and a chaser. SOTA combines my love for the mountains and the challenge of portable QRP operation.

I am primarily a CW operator, spending 90% of my time on that mode, working SSB on occasion if necessary to work a new one of whatever I'm chasing. I run an Elecraft K3 and a KPA500 amplifier into a Log Periodic on 20m-10m and wires on the low bands, all mounted on a 55 foot tower. I love my Begali Strativarius paddle.

I also enjoy QRP. I have a KX3, FT-817 and the ATS4 CW only rig designed by KD1JV. When activating summits for the SOTA program, the length of the hike and the elevation determine which rig I take. The ATS4 weighs only 6 oz, so it's the choice on the more difficult hikes. I write a blog about my SOTA and QRP experiences at ad5aradio.blogspot.com .

I also have a station near Rocksprings, TX, so if you hear me on 6m listen to the grid closely. When there I am in EM00. I also operate periodically from Santa Fe, NM.

I am also a guitarist in the No Refund Band, norefundband.com. We released our first record internationally in September of 2012 and the second will be released October 1, 2014. You can check out our sound on our website or on iTunes.

 

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