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I was first licensed (I have to check this) in 1972.  Living in Springfield MO going to Bible College. My first call sign was N0NIE which was changed to WB0NIE when I upgraded to General Class.  I held N5FIY while living in Lake Charles, LA in (I have to check this) 1980.  It was then that I finally received my Advanced license, after having taken the test 5 times!

(It turns out that I passed it all 5 times...4 times in KS and 1 time in LA...I knew each test by heart and could recite it to each ham around me after I had supposedly failed it.  As it turns out, the examiner that graded tests in KC didn't want women in ham radio...and as it also turns out, they transferred him because of issues to LA....just before I went to take my test again!  This time I had someone ELSE recheck my test and voila' I HAD passed.  The test grader was dismissed after the whole story was verified. Sigh.  All those long trips to KC! )

While in MO I  was active as a MARS station relaying messages from East coast to West coast with my ham friend Steve Carlock...on the same frequency at the very same time (CW of course.)

A few of us hams convinced the Greene Co Sheriff (Mickey Owen--yes the catcher who dropped the ball and lost the world series Mickey Owen) to erect a tall tower for his County Sheriff communications and let us put an antenna on top.  It was shortly (very shortly---weeks?) after it's completion that the Big Thompson Canyon flood occurred.  We were the only station able to send and receive messages for that area and handled international calls as well as Red Cross H/W and emergency traffic...I learned I could go 4 days straight without sleep.

I also did a stint as the ARES EC for Capitol Area Co (Jefferson City) and worked one of the MO river floods.  I became an NWS storm watcher (volunteer)...this meant driving around IN the thunderstorms to identify tornadoes (back before radar could see into these cells)...the Toyota looked almost like a golf ball after a few seasons) scary at times, yes, but I'd rather be hunting and finding the tornado than sitting at home wondering. 

I really enjoy contesting (prefer CW) and have quite a few YLRL certificates for taking competition areas. My membership is active again with the YLRL.  I am also a member of Handi-Hams.  My 'local' club is DCARC out of Davie-Cooper City FL.(NA4DC  dcarc.club.)

My older son "AJ" is currently NK40, VP of retail for Sound Advice.

I've have 10 years' experience with USAF-CAP and a LTC for it. Region PAO, SAR/mission scanner yadda yadda yadda Also volunteer experience with ARC, AHA, CLN, ABWA, ....are we bored yet?

My degrees are Bachelor & Master in Religious Education, and a PhD in Counseling. Had private practice for a short time and was hired into an International Security Firm as a corporate psychologist where I was disabled in the field. Go figure. I have recently become a neuroplastician ;) and am updating professional skills with the AACC for crisis & tragedy response.

I enjoy languages.  I speak English fluently. American Sign & Intl Morse Code well (15-20 wpm). Hebrew & Spanish well enough to help and/or get into trouble. Greek & Cherokee not so much. French & Italian & Haitian on my list to learn. :D

My other hobby is Scouting, having 40 years in each Girl Scouts of USA (Lifetime member & trainer) and Boy Scouts of America where I am currently A South Florida Council Assistant Council Commissioner.

My next adventure I hope will be to drive around county to county to work those who are hunting counties!  I've been inactive for 20 years...so if you've been patient with me enough to read all this, I know you'll be patient with me as I re-activate!

Remember: God loves you and wants you to accept this Gift of His love---freely!

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