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20 WPM EXTRA (I originally put this on here to tease a good friend of mine (K8XQ) that was supposed to upgrade at the same time I did, he chickened out and ended up getting his Extra after the morse code requirement was dropped. He is now a SK, and I leave it here sort of, in memory of him).

I was originally licensed in 1979 when I was a senior in high school. I had wanted to get iinto ham radio since I was a young kid but I had no idea how to go about it. But, in high school, one of the school faculty was an active ham, Joe W8DYF. He got a half dozen of us licensed as Novices and at least two of us remain active hams to the present day. In Joe's words, he created a monster because I have been very active in ham radio ever since. I kept in close touch with Joe for the next 30+ years until he became a silent key in 2014. Even though I spent most of my adult life in Nevada, I flew back every year to attend the Dayton Hamvention, most of the time, with Joe (among others).

Former Calls: KA8FFL, KB7ZTU, and AB7KT (all these callsigns were sequentially issued callsigns, AB8KT is a vanity callsign). I held the callsign, KA8FFL as a Novice and a General. FWIW, I took the General Exam at the FCC Field Office in Monroeville, PA (suburb of Pittsburgh PA). I got the callsign of KB7ZTU when I upgraded to Advanced Class (in Nevada) and held that callsign for a month or two. When I upgraded to Advanced Class, I took the 20 WPM code test the same day and passed, but I waited a month or two to take the Extra Class theory exam. I chose AB8KT as a vanitity callsign simply because I strongly believe in having a callsign that corresponds to the call district you live in, so when I moved to Ohio I wanted a callsign from the 8th call district. I had been AB7KT for many years and had made thousands of contacts using that callsign, so I decided to just change from AB7KT to AB8KT. I also thought it was very cool that the AB prefix is only given to Extra Class hams and was originally issued in 1976 to celebrate the 200th year of our country: AB=American Bicentenial. I wasn't a ham in 1976 but when I was given the AB prefix callsign when I upgraded to Extra Class, I decided that I was definitely going to keep it. 

SKCC #4500 Tx6 (Straight Key Century Club)

FISTS #1755 (The International Morse Preservation Society)

QCWA, Life Member#34160 (Licensed in 1979) (Quarter Century Wireless Association)

NAQCC#6338 (North American QRP CW Club)

QRP ARCI #13246 (QRP Amateur Radio Club International)

OMISS number is 7249 (Old Man International Sideband Society)

ARRL Life Member

ECARS: 8239 (East Coast Amateur Radio Service)

AMSAT member (Radio Amateur Satellite Corp.)

I was briefly a MARS member but I just couldn't swing it as far as time goes. I enjoyed it and would like to become active with MARS again. Hopefully they will take me back. 

And, FWIW: I am also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.


I am a retired Firefighter/Paramedic, Clark Co. Fire Department, Las Vegas NV, IAFF Local 1908. FWIW: at one time I worked for over a year in what at the time was the busiest one square mile for EMS in the world (the downtown area of Las Vegas). Later I worked at what was then the busiest paramedic rescue in the USA which was stationed at the busiest fire station in the USA (CCFD Station 18 in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip). I have been involved in numerous EMS and Fire incidents that received world-wide news coverage. I have provided EMS service (not nessessarily treatment) to many VIPs, celebrities, The President of the United States (no treatment, just followed him around- never spoke to him or got near him), the Vice President of the Untied States, as well as several Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates (again, I just followed the motorcade around to various events and sat outside in an ambulance. I never provided any actual treatment or transport for any politcal candidate, nor did I interact with them in any way other than to follow them around town and be there in case anything hapened: and thank God nothing ever did happen). I retired as soon as I reached the minimum age for retirement (at that point I already had more than enough time on the job): so I retired very young and then started a completely different chapter of life in a new location with a new part-time job. I am working part-time as a paramedic at a local municipal EMS agency here in Eastern Ohio. I am a National Registry  Paramedic and have been a certified Toxi-Medic. I worked on a full time HazMat team for a number of years on the fire department and was a certified HazMat Tech. For about a year I worked in Tech Rescue but I was never comfortable with heights or hanging from ropes.  I have worked and been certified as a Paramedic in five different states. I have worked for Private EMS, Public EMS (a government entity), and as a Volunteer. I have worked for and retired from a municipal fire department and also worked as a volunteer firefighter. I have also worked in EMS management and training. 

I have been to 46 states (never been to Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, or Oregon),  but never really traveled internationally other than to our neighbors to the north and south (Canada and Mexico); both more than a few times. 

ARRL Awards:

DXCC-mixed bands and modes. I currently have 199 countries confirmed. All but a couple on CW. Many (well over 100) running 5 watts of CW. The remainder with 100 watts. All with a single element wire antenna at no more than 35 feet (10.6 meters) off the ground.I have worked and confirmed in excess of 100 countries on 10,12,15,17, and 20 meters. I am working on 9 band DXCC. I have ARRL QRP DXCC which I completed in exactly 90 days, all CW, all on a wire antenna; which I did in the 90 days after receiving my KX3 (I couldn't put it down). I had worked DX many times before running QRP, but when I applied for the ARRL QRP DXCC I only included the 100 confirmed DXCC entities that I worked in that 90 day period.  

WAS: I have WAS CW on 80, 40, 30, 20, and 15 meters.  I have SSB WAS as well as Digital WAS and thus have the ARRL Triple Play Award. 


My current station consists of a Flex 6700, a Kenwood TS-590S both feeding an Expert 2k-FA amp (which I almost never use). I also have a wide variety of QRP rigs that I use on occasion at home as well as portable including a KX3, Wilderness SST, KX1, K1 and FT-817 to name only a few. Over the years I have done a pretty fair amount of QRP. I also have a collection of Collins equipment including a complete S-Line with both the 30L-1 and 30S-1 amps, 32V3, 75A1, 75A3, 75A4, R390 and an R-388 but, I seldom turn them on or use them because basically every time I try to use them, I end up in a repair of some kind and I eventually got tired of it. Especially since I am not much of a repairman. As far as antennas go, they are modest. I have a Diamond ground plane for 2m/440mhz, a Carolina Windom 80 antenna for HF, as well as a MyAntennas.com EFHW-8010-HP end fed wire antenna, and a M2 SATPAC (2m and 440mhz egg beaters) antennas for satellite and ISS.  The latest thing I am really having a lot of fun with is D-Star. I have both an ID-51A+ and a Kenwood TM-D74A for D-Star and I run them through either a DVAP/Raspberry Pi, or a DVMega/Raspberry Pi. D-Star is a terrific amount of fun and I mainly hang out on Reflector 30C. I am also on DMR with a TYT MD-380 using a Shark RF Open Spot and you can find me on Brandmeister Ohio Statewide. 



I have dabbled in a lot of what ham radio has to offer although I have never really done any of it in a big way. My antennas have always been very modest. Right now I am interested in Satellite and ISS communication but still do some HF stuff.  I am active on HF Digital Modes, VHF FM and VHF Packet, CW, DSTAR. I am on a number of the easy sats and the ISS on packet...................................

FWIW: I was always intriged by the idea of a software defined radio. But, I thought I lacked the nessessary computer skills to operate it. I had the chance to buy a used Flex 1500 for a good price and I decided to give it a shot since it was fairly inexpensive and, I have operated a lot of QRP and knew that this was not any kind of a handicap. It was dead simple to use, no high degree of computer skills were required. And within minutes of getting it running I knew that I had found the Holy Grail of ham radio. Not long after that Flex announced the 6000 series radios and I knew I had to have one. I work at a part time job and put all my pennies into a savings account for the Flex 6700 with GPSDO. This is a serious comment and not intended to be an us vs. them statement: BUT, when I hear someone talk about buying a new, knob and button radio it sort of blows my mind that someone would buy something like that when they could own an SDR. I see companies coming out with some "new" radio that is a slight variation of something we bought 20 years ago and I can't believe anyone would want it: but appearently they do.  I also own a Kenwood TS-590 and when I decide to use that radio I feel like I have one arm tied behind my back. I would never go back to old technology in my main station rig. I would simply be losing so much by doing so. The funny thing about the computer part of it is that the Flex radio is FAR easier for me to get working with various software. When I decide to try something new like ALE, FSQ, new digital mode software, various computer based meters, etc.........I know it will work with almost no effort with the Flex: a couple mouse clicks,  and then I have to fight tooth and nail to make it work with the Kenwood legacy radio. 


Here are my last 10 contacts provided by Club Log:






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