Although my given name is Martin, I have gone by Marty most of my life. I am a native Houstonian, born 1959, member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran church in Houston, married and have two children. Other hobbies include photographing abandoned highways and bridges, true stereo recordings, playing guitar and watching tv shows about UFOs and the paranormal. Some favorite TV shows are Resturant Impossible and Hotel Impossible, also How the States Got Their Shapes.
First licensed in 1989. Previous calls KB5IQO, N5OHN and AB5NN. I changed to AG5T in the vanity program. Some of my other ham radio activities are:
Fifth Call Area Director of the 3905 Century Club a great place to make contacts and meet friends. They have ssb, cw and digital nets and a ton of awards you can earn! Visit their website for more information. It is basically a worked all states net, but actually goes way beyond that including an annual get together at a different location in the U.S. every year.
I have approixmately 320 dxcc confirmed. I'm about a dozen short of honor roll. The entities I still need are listed below:
3Y Bouvet BS7H Scarborough Reef A5 Bhutan A9 Bahrain EP Iran FT Crozet FT Kergulen VU4 Andamans VU7 Lakshadweep S2 Bangladesh XX9 Macao ZS8 Marion Island VK0H Heard Island VP8SS South Sandwich XZ Myanmar FG Glorioso 9N Nepal P5 North Korea & E4 Palestine.
When Hurricane Ike hit Houston several years back, it destroyed my quad antenna and my tower. I have never quite had the finances to replace them, so I have built wire antennas and am using them now. I can't pull out the rare dx stations, but my plans are to someday save up enough money and redo my tower and antenna. For now, I work what I can and have fun.
If you are in Houston, I hang out on the 146.940 and 147.000 repeaters. Give me a call!
Below is a photo of me operating mobile HF at the Texas/Arkansas/Louisiana border - three states at once. The white stone by the tree is the official marker.
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