"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 (also at age 45) entitled "CB News" 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, doing interviews, taking pictures, manually creating the layout of the printing plates at a local newspaper press, delivering papers to the racks in local stores and collecting the few quarters left in return. Unfortunately there weren't enough quarters left to live off of so "CB News" had to end it's run after a little over a year. I can also remember a friend of his, Jimmy Thomas of Raleigh, NC that had his shack absolutely plastered with radios from what seemed like his desk to the ceiling with antennas mounted 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. I started studying on a Friday night and successfully became a Technician the next afternoon. Originally licensed as KK4KLV. 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 April 2014 and Extra in November 2014. Got my new call of NC4SU to honor my alma mater, North Carolina State University. NC4SU was originally licensed as a club call for NCSU's "StARS", the Student Amateur Radio Society. The club currently operates from its original call issued in 1930, W4ATC. Having noticed that NC4SU had been abandoned and available for several years before I earned my Extra, I decided it was fair game to claim it before someone else did!
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:
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, Poland, 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. So far, I've worked >100 countries, although not all officially confirmed. I'm constantly amazed at what this simple antenna and setup is cabable of. (Image credit: www.pueblohamclub.com)
Although nothing to brag about, when I'm on the road, I use my first official radio purchase, a Wouxun UV-3D. (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!
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