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"Discovered" ham radio at age 45. It must be genetic. My father Ed Davis (who passed away in 1989, long before I had any appreciation for the magic of radio) had spent a career largely based in radio, though as far as i know was never a Ham. He spent a large part of his working years as a emergency dispatcher for several local police, sheriff, and Highway Patrol agencies in North Carolina. During that time he also started a newspaper to capitalize on the CB craze of the 1970's. I can still remember him, along with my mother and I taking care of everything: writing articles, doiing interviews, taking pictures, doing the layout at the local newspaper press, delivering papers to the racks in local stores and collecting the quarters left in return. Unfortunately the quarters left weren't quote enough to live off of so "CB News" had to end it's run after a little over a year. I can remember a friend of his that had his shack absolutely plastered with radios with antennas all over the roof. I was always fascinated by the sounds & sights of all that gear. Fast forward to 2012 when a friend KK4JCN suggested that I take the Technician exam on an upcoming Saturday. I thought, why not? It had been on my "to-do" list for years. Started studying on a Friday night and successfully became a Technician the next afternoon. My father-in-law KJ4QKY donated his ICOM 2200H 2M mobile rig and antenna to get me started . . .

And the rest is, as they say, "history". Got my General in 2014 and now starting work on my Extra. Can't seem to ever get enough of this hobby! Building my shack one piece at a time. Images below borrowed for now just to give you an idea:

Elecraft KX3 & KXPA100 (Image credit www.elecraft.com)

Buddipole Deluxe - Considering I'm in a fairly low-lying area of my neighborhood I was ecstatic to make my first DX contact to the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Russia on July 19, 2014 with a setup like this one. About a week later I added Croatia, Ploand, Crete, and Lebanon. I am now officially "hooked" and trying to see what antenna setups I can get away with in my HOA-restricted covenants neighborhood. (Image credit: www.pueblohamclub.com)

When I'm on the road, my first official radio purchase, a Wouxun UV-3D does the trick for now (Image credit: http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com)

Enjoying the beginnings of what I hope to be a long and rich history with the Sprit of Radio!

73s,

 
 

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