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William "Curtis" Tate 

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

OK first thing... YES I finally got into the JT Modes, so you may have caught me on JT9 or JT65, Just started this around the end of February 2017, so I am excited about these modes right now.

Current:  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. Also in the house is a Yaesu 2900 on a ground plane at about 25 feet.  In July 2015 I discovered PSK and other 'digital' modes -- it's amazing how they get through when phone doesn't.  In 2016, I added an Icom 5100 DStar for the car, and a used Icom 880H. In July I bought a used Icom 7000, and am currently trying to work up a portable station,  For this I also picked up a MFJ 939 Auto-tuner and a power supply at the 2016 Huntsville Hamfest.  I have used this on a MFJ 'hamstick' on a 15 ft pole/tripod with wires cut to lengh for radials, using a gel cell battery and on 35 watts, I've talked to the east and west coast, Canada and some South America stations .  My latest addition is an Icom 51A plus HT, which I am using with a DV-Mini to get on DStar without tying up the local repeaters.

It's always fun helping others get started in amateur radio, so I have gotten both my ARRL and my West Carolina (WCARS) VE credentials and have participated in several 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 (you guessed it N4CBS).  While on the CB, I also met my wife, Nellie, who still puts up with me after over 40 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 as of January 27th, 2016, have been at that job for 41 years.  I have also served as an active Reserve Deputy with the Lee County Sheriff's dept. for the past 23 years.  During this time I have also gone through several hobbies and am now coming full circle and 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


73 Curtis                                                                                            




Most recent pic of my 'Shack'  Kenwood 590S w/stock mic. (have since added a Kenwood MC-60 mike), Sony headphones,  a MFJ 962D Tuner, a Yaesu 2900 as my 2m rig. and an HP laptop.  I also have a SW rig for listening to other bands and a VHF/UHF monitor/scanner with VFO.  Mobile I am using the Icom 880H. the Icom 5100 shifts back and forth between the house and other car as necessary.


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






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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AK5CT
Latest Contacts for AK5CT at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K7TH 2017-06-18 17M JT65 EN82OL United States GARY L SHANNON
VA3MJR 2017-06-18 12M JT65 FN03BF Canada David Ross
CF3LLZ 2017-06-18 15M JT65 Canada Volodymyr Shabaldas
VE6WQ 2017-06-18 6M JT65 DO33 Canada Joel H Weiner
WB2VUO 2017-06-18 6M JT65 FN02OX12 United States William Keith Hibbert
VE3EK 2017-06-18 6M JT65 FN03 Canada Petar Sic
VE6WQ 2017-06-18 6M JT65 DO33 Canada Joel H Weiner
VE3AXW 2017-06-18 6M SSB EN93ue Canada Anthony Duplessis
W1UJ 2017-06-18 12M JT65 FN42BB United States Jason V Corriveau
VE3OIJ 2017-06-18 10M JT65 FN25di Canada Darin Cowan
KM4COG 2017-06-18 20M PSK31 FM17FO United States John M Parker
YV5OIE 2017-06-18 40M JT65 FK60ql Venezuela ANTONIO MARLON GONCALVES
AC8NE 2017-06-18 20M JT65 FM19BN United States Gary F Depalma
NY2NY 2017-06-12 6M JT65 FN30RX United States James R Buscemi
W7CT 2017-06-12 20M JT9 DN41AB United States JAMES B LAWRENCE, JR

Book Totals: 3174 qso's   1719 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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

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

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

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

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

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
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