As a transplant from Massachusetts, I now call beautiful Sammamish, WA my home.
I was licensed as a Technician (KB1KZP) on March 19th, 2004. After earning my Technician's ticket, I opted for my current vanity call sign (W1HMB) which is what I have used since April 6th, 2004. On Dec. 22nd, 2006 I earned my General ticket.
Upon relocating from Massachusetts to Washington, I had limited radio activity -- primarily from my mobile rig, HT and EchoLink. That all changed on Saturday, July 2, 2011 -- on this day, 2 ham friends (John - W7FU and Steve - W7QC) came to my home QTH and set up my Cobra Jr. antenna. I have since participated in a number of delightfully pleasant QSOs using my Flex-3000 (sold my FT-1000MP) connected to my Cobra Jr which is vertically polarized in a tree in my backyard. I met John and Steve through an amazing local ham club - N7KE (the Radio Club of Redmond). I participated in Field Day and many of N7KE's experienced hams guided me through my inaugural HF experience. The Radio Club of Redmond can be found at N7KE.net.
In addition to John (W7FU) and Steve (W7QC) I owe a debt of gratitude to an additional two hams who have taken me under their wing. John (K7RLD) is both a friend and mentor. I tell people that John is my "North Star" when it comes to anything ham radio. I continually benefit from his freindship and ham guidance. Another friend and mentor is Chuck (KE7SA). He has a level of expertise/knowledge is 2nd to none and only matched by his level of patience. I owe a debt of gratitude to the 3 hams who have generously given their time and knowledge to help me maximize my enjoyment of this great hobby. Thank you John (W7FU), John (K7RLD) and Chuck (KE7SA). I owe you guys!
August 15, 2011 was a remarkable day -- it was the day I added a linear (AL-84) to my shack. I owe a ton of thanks to a local ham/mentor (Steve -- N0THU) who sold me the linear and loaned me a tuner until mine arrived. The linear has expanded my global reach beyond expectations.
I want to give a shout-out to a number of hams who helped me get to this point (prior to the actual setup of my station). I want to acknowledge/thank 3 hams who exposed me to this great hobby -- Gordon Bello (K1GB, President of the FARA (Framingham Amateur Radio Association) club in Framingham, MA), Rick Green (W1RAG) & Richard Crisafulli (AB1HD). Rick and Rich piqued my interest in the hobby and it was through FARA's "License in a Weekend" course that I earned my Technician's ticket and got to know Gordon.
I am eager to learn more and experience the hobby to its fullest. I am currently focused on earning my Extra ticket and learning more about Software Defined Radios (SDRs). Since purchasing my Flex-3000, my operating experience changed from a highly random search for QSOs to being able to target local / DX activity on the band.
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