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I have been a ham since 2010 and I have been learning a lot about the hobby ever since. My original call was KJ4RTD, licensed as a general. In January 2011, I upgraded to extra with my new call of AK4EX.
A special “Thanks” to my friends Peter (W4PGS) and Amanda (KJ4CJW) Sahlstrom for introducing me to the hobby! A great way to make friends all over the world through the “magic” of radio.
I am a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL). To check out the club, please see www.nfarl.org. I am also a VE and occasionally help NFARL during testing sessions.
Also, I am a member of the North Fulton ARES team in Fulton County, Georgia. Thanks to Tom (W4UOC), Mike (AD4MC), Wayne (KG5WU), Mike (K4LJG) and Jim (N4SEC) for the encouragement to be involved in public service communications.
I live in Sandy Springs, Georgia, which is near Atlanta. Living in a condo in Sandy Springs, I work mainly digital modes on HF on low power with an attic antenna. In addition to living in Atlanta, my wife Debbie (KK4TZK) and I have a second home near Salem, SC close to beautiful Lake Keowee. In Salem, SC, I have two separate dipoles hiding in trees and sometimes I used a Buddipole there too. As a result, I operate in both Sandy Springs, GA and Salem, SC.
When possible, I operate using solar power for my radio and turner. While I have an inverter, a since 100-watt panel is a challenge for adding in my laptop in SC. I have a 50-watt solar panel in Sandy Springs. Maybe another panel or two, in the future, will get me some more power hi hi. But, at least I have been able to use solar at my condo and my house in SC.
I am a civil/structural engineer working in Kennesaw, Georgia for a regional office servicing the power delivery industry. I am a licensed Professional Engineer in several states.
In addition to ham radio, my hobbies include photography and learning the guitar.
I hope to see you on the air soon!
The above is the first SET where I was a the "lone" operator at a station in late 2011. I was working at the Sandy Springs Police Department. With me are two of the fine officers who serve our community. During the SET, the North Fulton ARES team passed both digital communications using FLdigi and voice.
Here, I am working the 2012 as the NCS on 2 meters at the Sandy Springs EOC for the first time.
Tom Koch, W4UOC, was the NCS for the 2012 SET in Sandy Springs for the 440 side. He guided me through the exercise and taught me a few things.
Below are some photos of the solar powered setup while operating in Salem, SC which I hope you will enjoy.
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