I guess since you are here we have either talked to each other on the radio or you made a mistake HI hi.Well a little about me. I was licensed as KC5SSJ while I was in High School. Me and my best friend went together and got our License together and he still is KC5SSI. I was elmered by WB5YLI Miss Billie and her Husband Clarence KA5KVX (SK) I was pretty active during high school. I have met many lifetime friends on the radio and enjoy it just as much today as I first did.
I joined the Arkansas Army National Guard while in my 11th grade of High School. I did the split op program where you go to basic training your 11th grade year during the summer and then return home to finish your Senior Year of High School. I went to Basic Training at Ft. Sill, OK. I them completed my 12th Grade year and went to 31U (Signal Support Systems Specialist) School at Ft. Gordon, GA. I graduated Honor Grad and was the class leader. I came back home since I was in the National Guard and was about to start college. One month after I got back from AIT I was drafted by another guard unit that was deploying to be their communications chief for Operation Southern Watch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My battalion commander recommended me for this mission. Well I did that and then came back home. I then went to work full time for the Guard doing Administration and Recruiting under Title 10. On Feb 13,2003, I got the call that I was heading to Iraq. Once again I was pulled from my unit to deploy with another unit. During the deployment I was injured and was med-evaced back to the United States for medical treatment. It was not life threating but did cause a lot of physical damage. The injury caused 2 blown disc in my neck and 2 blown disc it my back and a terrible shoulder injury. Getting hit by 2000lbs at 70-80 mph isn't fun. I have had as of now 11 surgeries and I still have good and bad days. So the military retired me.
I then had to decide what to do next. So I decided to go back to college and update my EMT License. I had just completed the EMT program right before deploying. One of my other jobs in the military was the company medical guy. I liked it so I thought I would give it a try in the civilian world. I had been a volunteer fireman since junior high school and was Captain for a few years.
I worked as a EMT for a few years and then went to work as a Deputy Coroner for Pulaski County. I worked there until my back finally gave completely out on me. I had back surgery and now I am still in the same shape and maybe even some worse than before the surgery.
So now I just help with our family business and do the best I can. I am blessed in many ways so I don't complain too much.
I see it as the good Lord has a plan for each of us so I make the best out of each day. I am married to a Advanced Practice Nurse and she takes good care of me. She works at the Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital in the Cancer Department. She is a very caring person and really enjoys working for the Veterans.
Here is where you may find me.
I like working SSB, CW, PSK-31, RTTY and all the other digital modes. You may also find me working the Birds. AO-51, S0-50, AO-27 and ISS and others mostly using my handheld and arrow antenna. I also work 2 meter SSB.
I am Net Manager and Net Control (Thursdays) of the Mockingbird Net 3927.00 at 4:30 PM C.S.T I also check in fairly often to Razorback (6:30 PM) & Arkansas Phone Net 3987.5 at 6:30 A.M. CST and Central States on 7253.5. Come on down and join us.
I live in a subdivision that doesn't allow antennas. However the city did allow me to put up a 30ft tower to use as my feed point on my HF wire antennas (Since I had no trees, being it is a new subdivision) and also my 2m/440 Vertical. So no beams just wire antennas. And it works great! I think I have one of the best RX setups out there. Very rarely do I not hear someone.
I am a member of OMISS #5853, ARRL, CAREN and a few others.
Equipment Kenwood TS 990S, TS-2000, TS-870, TS-570DG, Yaesu Ft-857D, Alinco DX 70, ALS 500 Mobile Amp, AL-80B, Henry Tempo 2000, and several 2m/440 radios. I enjoy building antennas more than anything else, just wish I had a few trees to hang the wires from. I enjoy the good fellowship on the radio. I prefer not to talk Politics on the radio. It seems to just bring anger and interrupts the fellowship.
The wife and I are semi- active in Dacshund Rescue. We use to be more active until we adopted too many of our own :) Please check out the webpage for a wonderful doggie looking for a good home and second chance. We rescue from breeders, shelters, strays and where ever one might be needed rescued. http:/www.drna.org
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