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 I have been on the air since a kid and spent most of my time on the air with cw , before school and after. I made my first QSO on 40 meters with WP4YD in Puerto Rico. My equipment was a Hammarlund HQ-129X receiver and an Eldico TR75 transmitter, purchased from money earned on a paper route and paid off with installment payments with World Radio in Omaha ,Ne.. The antenna was a 33 foot vertical piece of galvanized pipe screwed together with galvanized couplings and sitting on a coke bottle with 4 radials horizontal.(I didn't know any better!) Of course within the year I had to upgrade or lose my license, so I went to Dallas and passed the general class license ! Boy, that was scarey , appearing before a federal examiner! I have been on the air continuously ever since and I hold my original callsign  (the "N" omitted) . This callsign is an original I have changed QTH's from Brownwood,Tx originally to Ft. Worth ,Lubbock,Amarillo, and now back to Brownwood, Tx ( and now to Denison,Tx).I have operated modes --AM, ssb, cw,rtty, packet, slow scan tv, and I have even operated for a time on fast scan tv from Amarillo. The radio teletype seem to be the most fascinating ! I had obtained some of the old mechanical model 19 boat anchors (rtty) from the Mars program and made quite a noise in my garage . Fast scan tv was also a challenge but because we could not re-transmit most syndicated tv programs I got tired of looking at my opponents face after about six months so I went on.

 

This year (2016) I have now joined the ranks of digital voice. I operate Dstar, DMR BrandMaster,Wires-X,and Fusion. I have quite a list of Icom,Yaesu, and Tytera MD380 handhelds and base station equipment. They are all running simultaneously and sure does take up the slack when the HF bands are down and noisy. There is always a QSO going on here about 18 hours a day. I am fully retired and devote my life to the wife, family, church, and amateur radio .If you don't hear me on my HF frequencies (3840 and 7195) I am probably on Dstar or DMR. I also have a full chat room on Wires-X.

 

I am a retired State of Texas Highway Dept employee where I worked for 33 years. I retired  and moved from Amarillo, Tx to Lubbock, Tx where I worked for 2 years as a Motorola Two-Way Radio technician. After 2 years I decided I didn't want to work anymore so I moved to Brownwood, Tx and bought a small farm. I lived there for 20 years, but on October 15,2015 , I have moved to Denison, Tx where I now live. I have been a ham for a long time but now I am building a new hamshack and shop in a 30 X 40  ft. metal building on a 2 acre piece of land with plenty of room for antennas.                    

 

 

I will be back on air as soon as I can !

 

                73 's Ken

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