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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 a Byonics Micro-Trak RTG for APRS (KE5BM-9) on a Comet wide band dual 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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WC3N 2016-04-24 30m JT65 FM19ri United States GARY W KEGAN
N9YLE 2016-04-24 30m JT65 EN55dt United States Thomas S Suffield
EA3NE 2016-04-24 30m JT65 JN11an Spain Jaume Planas
KC9MEG 2016-04-23 30m JT65 EN52ti United States Dennis C Blaha
ON5YT 2016-04-23 20m JT65 JO21ii Belgium Jef Hadermann
VE3NLS 2016-04-23 40m JT65 FN04dm Canada Ronnie Smith
HB9EFK 2016-04-23 40m JT65 JN46je Switzerland Nick Steinbr�cker
NW9F 2016-04-23 40m JT65 EM69sj United States Timothy Davis
KG4VMB 2016-04-23 40m JT65 EM87nx United States VIRGIL FERGUSON, JR

Book Totals: 220 qso's   169 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#1950
Granted: 2016-03-28 23:33:43   (KE5BM)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
Grid Squared Award#11089
Granted: 2016-03-28 23:33:36   (KE5BM)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 12 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
World Continents Award#12398
Granted: 2016-03-28 22:06:25   (KE5BM)

Endorsements:
  • 12 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Digital
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