I was first licensed as a Novice in 1964 as WN5KAK from a QTH near Houston, AR. My Elmer was Hank, K5APA (W5APA) who is now a SK. Hank was the Arkansas State Trooper in Perryville and went out of his way to help me build my first TX (6AG7 and a slightly gassy 807.purple haze!). We also had some great Field Day adventures. Upgraded to General in 1965 and new call WA5KAK. Operated from Scotland as GM5AMD while serving in the U.S. Navy. Operated from KG6AAY, the club station at the Naval Communicaitons Station on Guam during 1970-71. Had a long lapse in amateur radio activity during the 80-90s due to a love affair with airplanes! Got back on the air in 2000 and got interested in DXing. During a web search for info on my late uncle, William Patterson, who held a 3 letter call in the '20s, I bumped into a memorial article about Joe "Pat" Patterson, W5VY. That "Pat" was a very active VHF enthuiast and was responsible for many "firsts" on 6M. He also held the calls W5VU and W5EHM prior to being issued W5VY in 1948. Joe became a SK in 2000. We weren't related but I decided it would be OK for another Patterson to have W5VY. I've bumped into a number of folks on the air who have passed on interesting stories about Joe. I think he Elmered half of the hams in Texas!
I enjoy DXing and getting to know folks in other parts of the world. I'm a member of the Arkansas DX Association and LSDXA. Hope to see you on the air.
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