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Hello World: Greetings from the Lone Star State -TEXAS.

I'm down in SE Texas. Kilo Foxtrot 5 Lima Kilo Golf or to the cillivian world of comms King Frank 5 Lincoln King George. I got started in this adventure when i was 14, Climbed a 100' tower to work on beams at a coworker friend of my dad. And i was hooked, got involved with the Ft. Worth Kilo Cycle Club from him and began my novice classes with them and thefun of morse code. I would climb towers and help out the operators and they would teach me, We got a hold of a broken motorola radio that was in the trunks of vehicles and began modifications to it, rebuilt the power supply and got the receiver hooked up. All i had to do was plug in crystals and i could hear the repeaters, next came the Helicrafters- Sx140 so i could listen to the world and practice morse code. Somewhere at 15 my antenna got hit by lightening and away went the wires and receiver even thou was grounded.To young at that time radios went away and more adventures began. Close to 30 began tall buildings in the metroplex area of Ft. Worth and Dallas, The taller the building the better the roof top view was. Satellite,microwave and laser systems began for me. Around 40 world wide satellite began in Atlanta Georgia ( NO not for CNN or TBS or the Weather Channel,. Something bigger! Big dishes and all time watching and transmitting would take place. RC aircraft would begin, daytime and night time flying, combat,pattern and racing oo what fun and expense. Now in my 50's i have reentered into where i was at 14. My elmer is Gary Pannell- WA5FWC so back to climbing towers again and learning how to use my equipment. I start in the morning and watch the sun rise and come down when the stars are out with a flashlight. He is near Ft. Worth and i am down here near Beaumont. My vertical just went on line 3/22/2013 for HF operations. Have my inverted V's and dipoles. Playing with NVIS antennas now. Got my tech license 6/15/2011 at the Plano Texas Hamcom ARRL Convention and played on 2 meters involved with Net Control for the Ft. Worth KC Club and Skywarn. 10/4/2012 i got my general license because my friends told me to get off the towers and get on the radio more to start using what i was installing. I stay active with the Ft. Worth KC Club, Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth and the JARS club in Mansfield. Now here on my farm i am hooked up with the Tyler County Club in Woodville, The Lakes Area Club in Jasper and the Beaumont Club in Beaumont all 25 miles or more from my farm. Yes i'm in the middle of no where and trees" lots of trees",  the Big Thicket National Preserve surrounds me. I have a Yeasu - FT-897and YeasuFT-8900.I'm involved with ARES and RACES , I'm a VE and love to help which allows me to learn. The picture is me on one of WA5FWC'S 4 square towers had to raise each antenna 22'' to allow for more bandwidth. So 65' up and down x 4 in one day EASY !!!! His other towers are higher more visablility. O ya !!

My Motto:The higher the better! Where's the tower? You want me to climb that !- KOOL, When and What time!

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