I can honestly say that I never thought I'd see myself as an amateur radio operator. I suppose stranger things have happened. I was exposed to ham radio when my OM began studying for his General license exam. If he could pass the test, I certainly could! How excited I was to do just that and get my ticket as KE7NWA shortly before Field Day in June, 2007. I thought KE7 Northwest Airlines had a certain ring to it until my OM informed me that that was not proper phonetic alphabet. My first radio contact came at that Field Day. I went on to pass the General and Extra exams, and with the help of the family history expert in the family (kq6i) I became wz7z. This call was first assigned to B Weston Tucker SK (Advanced; held KF7KD prior) who was born 22 Sep 1929 and died 15 Nov 2004; his residence was 27 N North Bank Rd, Otis, OR 97368.
We have been slowly building our shack, and I have slowly been building my confidence while working the radio. I have a Kenwood TH-F6triple band handheld and participate on several emergency nets. Other equipment is listed on the OM's QRZ.COM site (kq6i). Although my main desire is to be able to be useful in an emergency, I have recently found that adreline rush while contesting. I thank those Elmers who have patiently answered questions and provided encouragement.
Born and raised in southeast Idaho (Sugar City), I currently work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank) department of the Clinical Laboratory at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and reside in Idaho Falls. Twenty-one grandchildren bring a lot of joy and busy-ness into our lives.
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