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Hello from Houston, Texas. -- First of all, if you worked me on HF, congratulations. I have a very simple station with 100 watts or less! My best antenna (a gemquad) plus my tower was totally destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008 ... so I have to enjoy the hobby the best I can with the equipment I have now. It is best not to dwell on the negatives, let's look at some positives ... Now on to the ham info .......

My main antennas are an R5 Cushcraft vertical at 20 feet/6 meters, a 40 meter dipole at 45 feet/13.7 meters, and a 75 meter dipole about the same height. With 25 watts on digital it's fun to see how far I can work. I have worked Europe and South America! Even Indonesia! So those modes are fun. I run 100 watts for ssb and cw modes. I am also active on the 3905 Century Club nets.
 
Here is a little bit of personal information about me......

Although my given name is Martin, I have gone by Marty most of my life. I am a native Houstonian, born 1959, member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran church in Houston, married and have two children. My other hobbies include photographing and research of abandoned roads and bridges, true stereo recordings, playing guitar (mostly bass guitar at church) and watching tv shows about UFOs and the paranormal. The BLAISE family heritage comes from the Alsace-Lorraine part of France. I do need to learn French so I can work on my European genealogy! 

I got my start in radio when my parents bought me a shortwave radio around 1972. I then had police scanner radios and CBs. Back then, scanners were crystal controlled. I had a Radio Shack scanner that had 10 crystals and I listened to police and fire. In my high school days (1975 to 1978, coincidentally the same time period as That 70s Show) everyone was putting a CB radio in their car or truck. That was my first introduction to two-way radio.

I listened for several years to hams on local repeaters on my scanners but did not yet have a license.

First licensed as a novice class in 1989. Previous calls were KB5IQO, N5OHN and AB5NN. Changed to AG5T in the vanity program. (It works a lot better on cw than a call with 5NN in the call, LOL)

DXCC - when my gemquad was destroyed in the hurricane, these were the entities I had never worked and still need -- 3Y Bouvet 9N Nepal A5 Bhutan A9 Bahrain BS7 Scarborough Reef E4 Palestine EP Iran FT_G Glorioso Is FT_W Crozet FT_X Kerguelen Is P5 No Korea S2 Bangladesh VK0 Heard Is VP8 So Sandwich Is VU4 Andaman & Nicobar Is VU7 Lakshadweep Is XX9 Macao XZ Myanmar (Burma) ZD9 Tristan da Cunha & Gough Is ZS8 Pr Edward & Marion Is. If you can help me as a "remote" station I might have a chance at working these. Otherwise, I can't really pull these out of the noise level at my station/qth.

Ham radio activities include:

  • President of the Houston ECHO Society Amateur Radio Club since 2001. If you are in the Houston Area, listen for ECHO on 147.08 (103.5 tone) or 147.320 (100.0 tone). We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at the American Red Cross. Contact me for details. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings!
  • Fifth Call Area Director of the 3905 Century Club. If you are interested in fun group for working all states and DX awards, check out the 3905 Century Club. I represent the states of the 5th call area - New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Below is a photo of me operating mobile HF at the Texas/Arkansas/Louisiana border - three states at once. The white stone by the tree is the official marker. I have also operated mobile HF from Austin, the Texas capital.

 

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