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Good Day! My name is Ross Comstock and I have been a HAM since March 2009. I started in radio as a kid experimenting with shortwave listening. Once I realized that I was receiving stations from all over the world with a simple receiver and wire, I was hooked.  (I still own both the receiver and antenna to this day nearly 20 years later!!) My Dad and I were involved with a local CB radio club in East Central Oklahoma (Sallisaw) and would talk everynight on Channel 31 with the guys just to ragchew. Many of those CB'rs were also HAMS which got me interested in the field but getting a license seemed difficult at the time. Fast forward several years and I joined the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician. There, I was shovel-fed six months worth of electronics theory and troubleshooting classes. I was stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during her Refueling and Complex Overhaul evolution, meaning I never left the dock nor worked on a single piece of electronic gear the whole time I was assigned there. Once out of the Navy, I joined the Coast Guard and "struck"  Boatswain's Mate. Once at my new station in North Carolina, I got a renewed interest in radio and started again with CB. I was badly disappointed, however as there were few professional operators out there. Thankfully(?), after a catastrophic failure of my radio that I could not fix I turned my attention to the mysterious amateur radio. I found that the license was not difficult to obtain and immediately began studying. About 2 months later, I drove over 2 hours to the nearest test session and acheived my Tech ticket. In July 2009, I was stationed  in Corpus Christi, Texas where I acheived my General and then finally my Extra ticket and went wild with my base station.  I even managed to con my old Navy recruiter into getting his license! (KF5GLB)  I joined ARES and served as the Aransas County AEC, RACES as station 20-409-F and Navy-Marine Corps MARS as NNN0INM where I served a short time as the Region 6 THREE, then when I moved to Virginia I served as the Virginia FIFTEEN and SIXTEEN until Navy-Marine Corps MARS was disolved in 2015.  Now I serve as the Virginia District 8 DEC for the Eastern Shore.  Lastly, I worked several events and helped to install the W5LEX repeater aboard the USS Lexington Museum Ship in Corpus Christi, TX.

I am a member of:

K4BW Eastern Shore Amateur Radio Club

Coastal Bend Amateur Radio Club based out of Ingleside, TX

My base station utilizes a RemoteRig setup.  While my QTH and mailing address is correct as displayed here, my transmitter position is in Willis Wharf, VA in grid FM27cm, Northampton County.  The base station consists of a Kenwood TS-2000 plugged into a 80m-6m off-center fed dipole suspended at 35 feet.  The reason for the remote is my house is under the shadow of the NASA Wallops Island RF Quiet Zone.  As much as I'd love to move elsewhere (the Eastern Shore is VERY antenna friendly) I cannot as it is now required to live in military housing when available. 

My mobile station is a Yaesu FT-8900R for FM Voice connected to a Comet 4-band vertical and an ADI AR-146 with Byonics TinyTrak4 for APRS (KE5BM-9) on a Tram 1191 glass-mount antenna.. When portable, I generally utilize OpenAPRS on my iPhone (KE5BM-5) or portable radio (KE5BM-7) with the icon showing my mode of transportation.

Portable operations are done with a Kenwood TH-F6A 2/220/440 HT, and an ICOM IC-706MkII.

Lastly, I maintain a 24/7 weather station that reports to APRS/CWOP by internet only (KE5BM-13) which consists of a Davis VantageVUE station reporting through Sandaysoft Cumulus software.

Thanks for taking a look! 73!


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XE1GK 2016-01-18 17m JT65 DL70iq Mexico Ignacio Hueso Avalos
UA3ALE 2016-01-18 17m JT65 KO85vt Russia VITALI
VE3CIQ 2016-01-18 160m JT65 FN15wd Canada Phillip St-Germain
KC2RXS 2016-01-18 160m JT65 EM96tx United States John M Doyle
WB4JLD 2016-01-18 160m JT65A EM66qh United States ROBERT G CURRY
KA1ERL 2015-01-10 12M JT65 FN41hu United States RUSSELL J FERLAND
NJ1H 2015-01-10 12M JT65 FN42fs United States WILLIAM E BORDY
LX1DA 2015-01-10 15M JT65 JN39am Luxembourg ANDY DOFFING
N6GA 2015-01-05 20M JT65 DM14dc United States D CAMERON HARTFORD
K7WLX 2015-01-05 20M JT65 DM09ce United States Robert P Felton
AF5AT 2015-01-05 20M JT65 EM15hq United States MICHAEL J WILHELM
N7ORY 2015-01-05 40M JT65 DN13um United States ROBERT C NEFF
N8BIF 2015-01-05 40M JT65 DM79nn United States TERRY L DALBY
WY7AA 2015-01-03 40M JT65 DN71ja United States Robert J Bragg

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World Continents Award#1535
Granted: 2015-01-25 18:28:51   (KJ4KTW)

  • 5 Band Mixed
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Grid Squared Award#1407
Granted: 2015-01-25 18:28:51   (KJ4KTW)

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United States Award#371
Granted: 2015-01-25 18:28:50   (KJ4KTW)

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