My Elmer was my Uncle Elmer who ran a TV and radio repair shop. He let me play with all his old short wave radios back in the 1950's and that peaked my interest in Ham radio. As a young teenager I lived in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In December of 1962 I received my Novice call of WN9FVL. In December of 1963 I upgraded to General and got the call WA9FVL. Some years passed and spent some time with the US Army ASA. I did some time with the Army MARS program at Fort Devens MA. In 1972 we moved to Fort Worth TX and changed my call to WB5NXS. Upgraded to Extra in 1987 and call changed to KW5G. Later a vanity call was issued in August of 2008, and finally landed on W5DPK Feburary of 2013.
Spent 28 years with General Electric and then started my own company in 1994. I have slowly retired over the last few years but still do a little work on the side.I enjoy the digi modes and have worked all states and 120 country's in the past 2 years.
We live on Lake Hawkins and enjoy boating and I have been known to carry the IC 706 M II G on the pontoon boat. There is nothing like a entire lake as a ground plane. You will find me pontoon boat mobile any time the weather is good.
I work with a number of traders nets here in the Texas area . We have one on Friday nights on 3870 at 7:30 central time. Another on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM on 7245, and the big net on Sunday night at 7:30 central time on 3922 every Sunday night. Great place to sell your gear and look for that next big purchase.