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I was originally licensed in high school as K9CBJ - Technician class.  I let my license lapse when other activities (college, work, marriage, night school, and other priorities took over).  Eventually, with the urging of some fellow hams at work, I studied and re-tested for novice, then tech and General in the late '70s in one session.  I was assigned N9AKA.  Shortly thereafter I upgraded to Advanced but could not master the 20 wpm to get Extra.  After no-code came along, I upgraded to Extra in 1996 and when the FCC opened up vanity call signs, I obtained my father's former call, W9HPX.  He was licensed in 1933 and became a SK in 1968.

Even though I was now re-licensed, work responsibilities kept me too busy for much serious ham radio and it was only after retirement in 2000 that I had the time I wanted for ham radio.  Also, retirement allowed a southward relocation to escape Chicago's severe winters.  (They weren't all severe, just most of them.)  I now live just south of Charlotte, NC and have found a bunch of hams in the area that operate all sorts of digital voice modes.  D-STAR was always something I wanted to learn about and experiment with.  I joined up with these hams. They are known as the Charlotte Digital Radio Group.  As a result I have not only learned about D-STAR, but also DMR, Fusion, and more.  I really enjoy learning about the technologies and the ancillary toys (DVMega, DVDongle, RaspberryPi, etc.) that go along with them.  The computers are fun, too.  Mostly I hang out on REF054C if you want to talk.  Connect up and see if I am around.


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