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SSB Single Side Band is No Longer Single... Love on the Airwaves!

   Many people today might go looking for love in chat rooms, local bars, or online dating sites, but I found my new love KL3DB, through Ham Radio. I never would have thought that the hobby I love so much would lead me to the love of my life. It was October of 2010 shortly after moving up to Alaska from Texas (after many life changing events) that I attended a special events station here in Homer. The local Islands and Oceans center hosted a wildlife refuge on the air special event station. I attended looking to meet local hams and enquire if there was a local club in town.  I met several local hams but was a little sad to discover the local club had been disbannded for almost a decade and the nearest active club was 75 miles away (little too far for me). At the event I met a very nice couple that had driven their RV down from Wasilla, AK for the event in Homer. They invited me up to the Mat-Su Amateur Radio Club's summer Bar-B-Q in 2011. So when summer rolled around, I decided to take them up on their offer and visit their club. That is where I met my husband KL3DB Patrick Brown. He at that time was the Secretary of the Mat-Su ARC. You could say it was love at first sight, although more so for me since Patrick is legally blind.

   We began talking over the airwaves and I would drive up for his club's monthly meetings. Three years later he proposed on my birthday, Christmas Eve and we married on his birthday which happened to be the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing. Appropriately enough since Patrick loves space and is currently working on a sattelite project called Project Leon, I wanted to shoot off fireworks to play on the rocket wedding day, but thought that might be a little too cheesy. We did decide to do something ham radio related for our honeymoon. Back in 2012 I had worked two special event stations out of San Deigo California. I managed to nail a contact for the USS Midway and The Star of India, an old three mass wooden Tall Ship. A few of Patrick's children live in the San Diego area so I was not only excited to meet my new family members but also to meet some local hams there and to get to operate a radio from the USS Midway.  We had a Ham of a Honeymoon in 2014 visiting the Star of India and getting a personal tour and working the radios aboard the USS Midway. Thanks to the local San Diego hams and Hal for the tour!

   Several other ham events took place in 2014 for us. In Jan of 2014 Patrick and I decided to start teaching ham radio classes at our local public library. Our first class graduated with 14 new hams and several local hams who upgraded their tickets. This included both Pat and I upgrading to our Extra Class license.  At the same time, several local area hams got together and reformed the South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club. Our club meets in Homer but we have members all around the South Kenai Peninsula area. Our new club call is KL7HOM. We are still hosting classes together and are looking forward to many exciting new activities with our local club. Our website should be up and going shortly and we have a page and a group on Facebook. We have been interviewed by our local papers and radio stations here in Homer. In fact our local station KBBI did an interview and titled it Love on the Airwaves.

   So you can say Ham Love happened in 2014.  If you get the chance to meet KL3DB you will quickly find out that this Ham of my life is truly a Ham in more ways than one. LOL  73's and 88's from this XYL KL5AJK.

Ham HoneyMoon Photos 2014

Finding Friendship (and Even Love) Over the Airwaves

Ariel Van Cleave
 

 

     

I Am A Ham...Thanks to my Dah-Dah (Dad) WB5VTZ

My father WB5VTZ (silent key) wanted to get me off of the telephone when I was 12 years old so he introduced me to ham radio. I got off the telephone but then he lost his rig and his shack to his preteen daughter. He finally had to break down and buy me my own rig. That was back in 1977. I fell in love with the hobby especially cw. I had a natural talent for not only receiving but sending CW

That first summer I had learned how to make a dipole antenna. I strung it up in the kitchen and the first contact I made was to a ham in Sweden. I was hooked. I spent my whole summer making contacts and mapping my contacts on a map. I was receiving 5-6 QSL cards a day. I was addicted to cw and ham radio.

I was 16 years old when I began working towards my General class license. I only needed one state to complete my Worked All States as a Novice and CW. The day before I took my test for my General I got the last state of Alaska.

When I was in my senior year of high school we took the ASVAB test the military gave all seniors. We had the recruiters from all branches of the services visit our school. Seems I made a very good impression to the representative from the Air Force. He talked to our class about morse code and communication. He sent a simple message on his keyer not expecting for me to reply to his message. I told him he was sending it way too slow. He increased his speed up to 15wpm. He was shocked to learn not only could I copy his message but did it without writing anything down. I also told him I could copy it at 18 wpm just 2 short of 20 wpm otherwise I would have had my extra class license. Do you know that recruiter 4 years later was still tailing me wanting me toenlistin the air force? Called me the day I graduated from college with my teaching degree and offered me an officers position. I turned him down to go into the teaching field instead. No running 5 miles with a full backpack on at 5am in the morning.

In the years since I became a ham I have enjoyed many aspects of the hobby but none more than participating as a storm spotter with our local Skywarn. I loved spotting storms and have many tornado spottings under my belt. I also loved participating in the field days every June. I had a scheduling snapfoo and had planned my wedding on field day. No problem after the wedding I went to field day still wearing my wedding dress just to make a contact.

Recently life has taken me down a different path, but I am enjoying the journey. After living 45 years in Texas, I have found myself living a new life up in Homer Alaska. I have found the love of the hobby again as well as a new love of my life KL3DB. Little did I know that the love of the hobby my dad introduce me to would take me to this place in my life. Thanks Dad!!!

Well 73's and 88's from this not so YL (Previously KA5AJK) New Alaska callsign KL5AJK

EARLY HAM MEMORIES OF MY DAD WB5VTZ AND OUR RADIO SHACK

QSL INFORMATION

 ONLINE: 100% LOTW & QRZ (NO eQSL)

PAPER QSL CARDS

USA: DIRECT NO SASE REQUIRED (SEND 1 TO GET 1)

DX: SAE + $2 USD (GREEN STAMPS)

DX: QSL BURO ALASKA

             

ABOUT MY ALASKA QSL CARD AND CALL

QSL CARD INFORMATION: I'D LIKE TO THANK DENNIS C. ANDERSON OF HOMER ALASKA FOR ALLOWING ME TO USE HIS PHOTOGRAPH CALLED "EDGE OF DARKNESS" FOR MY QSL CARD DESIGN. THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD FROM MY HOUSE IN HOMER. PLEASE VISIT DENNIS' WEBSITE WWW.AURORADUDE.COM TO SEE MORE OF HIS AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS. PLEASE DROP HIM A NOTE THAT YOU SAW HIS WORK FROM MY QRZ SITE!                                                                                                     

 MY ORIGNAL CALL WAS ASSIGNED TO ME IN 1977 AND WAS KA5AJK SINCE I WAS IN TEXAS A 5 CALL AREA. WHEN I MOVED TO ALASKA I WANTED MY CALL TO REFLECT MY NEW CALL AREA BUT DIDNT WANT TO LOSE MY OLD CALL SO I JUST CHANGED THE FIRST A TO AN L FOR ALASKA. YES MY CALL IS A VANITY BUT ALASKA CALLS ARE NOT JUST KL 7'S ANYMORE.  THIS CAN BE A DISADVANTAGE WHEN IN A CONTEST YOU HEAR MY TEXAS TWANG AND A 5 AND YOU THINK I AM IN TEXAS AND TURN THE BEAMS AWAY FROM ALASKA. MANY HAMS HAVE LOOKED UP MY CALL ON MY QRZ PAGE JUST TO DOUBLE CHECK MY QTH.                                                                                                                                                                            

 

DXCC UPDATE:

TOTAL COUNTRIES WORKED: 93   CONFIRMED LOTW: 55  CONFIRMED QSL CARDS: 6   UNCONFIRMED: 38

 MY EQUIPMENT:

YAESU FT 897D   100 WATTS BAREFOOT INTO A 4BTV HUSTLER VERTICAL 25'

 

                                                QSL Card Collection (A few of my favorites)

Awards and Special Stations Worked

 

AT HOME IN HOMER, ALASKA

"GOING TO HOMER JUST FOR THE HAL-I-BUT"

SCENES AROUND HOMER

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