I Am A Ham.Thanks to my Dah-Dah (Dad)
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 meto 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
KA5AJK to KL5AJK
My Ham Shack Making my first contact as KL5AJK My Boyfriend Pat, KL3DB My New Yaesu 897D
QSL INFORMATION: US (Direct no SASE required Send 1 to get 1)
DX: I send all outgoing DX QSL via Bureau if you list Bureau on QRZ
DX: Email me after contact if youDO NOTwant your card sent via
Bureau but want a card sent direct. (Send $1USD and SASE) NO IRCs
LOTW 100% NO eQSL's
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 Call is a rare call for Alaska. Most Alaska call signs are KL1,2,3,or 7's very few 5's. It is a vanity call of my old Texas call sign KA5AJK with the Prefix reflecting the Alaska KL. Most hams here my Texas Twang and the 5 and think I am in Texas and then they turn their beams away from me. So if you hear me own calling CQ don't be fooledI'm in Alaska!
KL5AJK LOGBOOK INFORMATION
AS OF APRIL 2013 I NO LONGER LOG CONTACTS TO MY QRZ.COM PAGE. I WILL CONFIRM YOUR CONTACT IF YOU SUBMIT A CONTACT ON MY LOGBOOK PAGE. I DO KEEP A PAPER LOG AND I ALSO LOG INTO ARRL'S LOTW WEEKLY. IT IS TOO TIME CONSUMING TO LOG INTO SO MANY LOGGING PROGRAMS ESPECIALLY IF NO AWARDS ARE GIVEN FOR CONTACTS. IF YOU DO NOT GET A CONFIRMATION ON LOTW PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW. SOMETIMES I MAKE TYPOS.
. CONTEST LOG INFORMATION
I ONLY LOG IN CONTEST CONTACTS FOR DX OR STATES I NEED FOR A W.A.S. AWARD. IF YOU NEED ALASKA FOR AN AWARD THEN EMAIL ME AND I WILL LOG YOU ON QRZ, LOTW, EQSL OR SEND A QSL CARD TO YOU. I DO KEEP PAPER LOGS FOR ALL CONTESTS WHETHER I SEND THEM IN OR NOT. I WILL HAVE A RECORD OF THE CONTACT. CONTEST LOGS ARE ONLY KEPT FOR ONE YEAR!
AT HOME IN HOMER, ALASKA
"GOING TO HOMER JUST FOR THE HAL-I-BUT"
SCENES AROUND HOMER
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