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William "Curtis" Tate 

   I usually go by my middle name:  "Curtis",  but will answer to:  Curtis,  William,  or  Bill   

Latest update - December 25, 2017,  Well , I DID IT !... as of Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, I am unemployed, Yes I have retired after 43 years with BancorpSouth Bank...  I should have a LOT more time for my hobbies and projects now.  Hopefully I can put together that portable station which I bought the IC-7200 for, or at least when the weather warms up some. 

Recent news:  In early 2017 I got into the JT Modes, so you may have caught me on JT9 or JT65,  I started those around the end of February 2017, and in early August 2017, added the new FT8 mode .... I now have 'WAS'  with PSK 31, JT65, and FT8, lacking only ND and WV on JT9.  Also recovering well from my knee replacement surgery of August 2017.

Ham Stuff:  After having a lifelong interest in radio and electronics, and after repeated suggestions from my friend N4CBS to get into Ham radio, I finally took the plunge and went for my license test on October 18, 2014.  I got lucky and passed all three exams in that one session, receiving my Extra.  I was issued the call sign AF5UD, but immediately filed for the vanity call of AK5CT, which was granted November 18, 2014.  I purchased a Kenwood TS 590s as my HF rig, added a MC-60 desk mike and MFJ 962D antenna tuner, running into a G5RV about 40 feet right over the house. I still use this same HF station today and am very happy with it..  In the shack I also have an Icom 7000 as a backup rig, and an Icom 5100 for VHF/UHF, with an Icom 880H in one car and a Yaesu 1900 in the other. I've added an Icom 51A Plus HT, for local portable use and with a DV-Mini to get on DStar without tying up the local repeaters.  I am still a rag chewer at heart, but have to admit I love the Digital modes - PSK, the JT's, FT, and the mixed bag of others. It is amazing how they get through when phone doesn't.  PLUS - It's always fun helping others get started in amateur radio, so I have gotten  West Carolina (WCARS),  Laurel ARC, and ARRL VE credentials and have participated in quite a few test sessions.  I use HRD and log all contacts through LOTW and QRZ. . I will also return my QSL card for any that I receive.

History:  In the late 1960's to mid 70's, as many of us were, I was an avid CBer.  On there, I met my lifelong best friend Larry, who is now an active Ham operator in south Alabama ( Yes, N4CBS).  Also on the CB, I met my wife, Nellie, who still puts up with me after almost 43 years.   In the early 70's I attended an electronics school for a short time, and then ran the Radio Shack in Tupelo, MS for several years.  After that, I went into banking as a career and have now retired from it after 43 years.  I served as an active Reserve Deputy with the Lee County Sheriff's dept. for over 25 years, but had to recently give that up due to my knee problems.  During this time I have also gone through several hobbies and have come full circle back to radio.        

 

 PODXS 070 Member # 2349      

Member:  N.E.M.R.A.  {Northeast Mississippi Radio Amateurs}  &   T.A.R.C.  {Tupelo Amateur Radio club}

Tupelo 2 meter repeaters that are usually monitored 145.49 (141.3)   147.24 (100.0) ....  also Simplex 146.52

The local DStar repeaters are:  146.64 and 444.95 (KE5LUX B&C) in Tupelo, and 146.835 K5NEM C in Booneville

 

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An older pic of my 'Shack':   Kenwood 590S w/stock mic. (have since added  the Kenwood MC-60 mike), a MFJ 962D Tuner, and an HP laptop, and at that time a Yaesu 2900 for VHF.  I have a SW rig for listening to other bands and a VHF/UHF monitor/scanner with VFO.  Mobile I am using the Icom 880H as the Icom 5100 replaced the 2900 in the shack.

         

Very Very rare for Mississippi - we had a 6-8" snow on 2/25/15  My house in the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

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United States Counties Award#390
Granted: 2016-07-19 04:03:18   (AK5CT)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
DX World Award#2930
Granted: 2015-11-30 13:20:03   (AK5CT)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#9021
Granted: 2015-09-06 14:03:31   (AK5CT)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
World Continents Award#10397
Granted: 2015-09-06 14:03:27   (AK5CT)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#1440
Granted: 2015-09-06 14:03:24   (AK5CT)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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