I have been active for almost 3 decades on and off. My first callsign was KA2NGU. Since I was living in Germany at the time with my parents and had a Status of Forces stamp in my passport, I was able to apply for a 'DA' callsign while living in Germany. At the time I was most active on 80 meters, 10 meters and 2 meters on the Ochesenkopf repeater. I am bi-lingual, German/English, which threw off a bunch of people - me speaking perfect German, yet having a 'DA2' callsign.
During these days I organized CW classes on 2M for those that only had 2M prviledges and wanted to upgrade. My 2M antenna was fairly high up and I lived in an elevated place in the north eastern part of the state of Bayern (Bavaria.) With this setup and 50W watts we had a lot of participation from the surrounding area. To generate the code groups I wrote a CBASIC program on a TRS-80 Model III. Computers in those days had relays for tape recorders and I used that relay to key the PTT on the radio
My father, Phil Tatro, was also a ham until he passed away; his callsigns were: KC4DVT and KA2TQF
Today I am active mostly on 2 meters, 70 cm and HF portable. I currently use this QSL card - my license plate - bugs and all. I operate mobile HF a lot during my commutes to and from work, mostly on 10m, 12m and 17m. I am the proud owner of a Hi-Q 5/80RT which I use
I am also the owner of the folding spider beam (www.foldingantennas.com) which I use on several portable operations, such as the Texas State Parks on the Air event, activating IOTA islands, BVARC in the Park and many other events. You can see all the events I am involved in by visiting:
I am also the author of HamExam in the windowsphone.com store. (Download here)
Ron Litt (K5HM), Rick Hiller (W5RH) and myself activated a 1x1 callsign, N5T, for Texas State Parks on the air. We have a website for our state park, Mustang Island. We have operated on Mustang Island State Park, located just accross the causeway from Corpus Christi, TX in both 2013 and 2014. YOu can take a look at our adventures by visiting:
Please let us know if you would like to visit us at our mini DX-Expedition to Mustang Island next year - 2014 is over.
Our next project will be field day. This year myself and a few others will be conducting Field Day 2014 from a rented beach house in Galveston. Yes, we will have A/C, comfortable chairs and home cooking. We will have 3-4 transmitters on the air and operate as either 3A or 4A. Modes will include sideband and PSK from 80m - 10m. We will be using N5T as the callsign, so please make sure to pay us a visit.
Professionally, I have worked on every continent except Antartica and currently I am the account manager at a large E&P company for Noah Consulting in Houston (My Profile). I manage large project teams / accounts and have 30 years of data management and software development experience. Most of the software I currently write is cloud/mobile focused and I have extensive experience with all aspects of E&P data. At this point in time my focus is on HADOOP and how HDFS can benefit E&P.
73 and hear you on the air,
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