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Hello from Enid, Oklahoma. 

I retired 31 October 2014 and as a result made time to get my Amateur Radio License.  On 6 December 2014 I passed both the Technician and General License exams the same test session and received my Amateur call sign on 11 December 2014 as a General Operator Class License as KG5FCU.  11 December 2014 was not a good day for propogation on either 20 or 10 meters so my first contact had to wait until Friday 12 December 2014.  On Friday I had an enjoyable QSO with Joe W8FPH around midday and another QSO with Grant K6PLR later that evening.  Both of these conversations made me glad I had worked on getting on the air.  On March 7th 2015 I  passed my Level 4 Amateur Extra Class test and the FCC granted date for my Extra was 17 March 2015.   On 8 May 2015 I was granted AE5WA as my new station vanity call sign.

I am operating a Yaesu FT-991 with hand mic.  I had been using only a Fan Dipole 20 meter horizontal dipole with a 10 meter inverted V below it in a Sycamore tree about 15 feet in the air.  I finally got the used 30' steel tower that included a used 10, 15, 20 meter Hustler 3 TBA horizontal beam antenna and Ham-IV rotor.  The tower base was placed on 1 April 2015 and stood the tower up 12 May 2015 and installed the tri-bander and assorted other items on the tower on 26 August 2015..

I received one VHF/UHF handheld but it had a transmit issue so I returned it.  I am now using the Yaesu FT-991  that I'm using for a 2M base as well as for the other bands.  After the first experience with the handheld not working I purchased two slightly different model handhelds (one extra just in case) which seem to be working much better then the first experience I had.  Since then I have also acquired a Yaesu FTM400DR 2M/70CM dual band mobile radio now installed in my pickup and a Yaesu FT1DR HT. 

The bride and I enjoy roughing it in our 35' fifth wheel usually in April, May and October for now while I wait on her to retire.  We don't venture far from home but greatly enjoy going to the lake to watch everyone else burn gas in their boats while we relax on shore.  Looking forward to trying some portable Amatuer Radio while camping this spring and fall.

73 and many successfull contacts.  Hope to talk with many of you soon.

Rick

AE5WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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