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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 - September 3, 2017,  I have a little more time for the radio right now..on August 23, I had complete knee replacement surgery on my right knee. I am doing my therapy as ordered, but am on leave from work and can't drive for awhile.

Recent news:  This year 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 am trying to get WAS on all three.

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 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).  Also on the CB, I met my wife, Nellie, who still puts up with me after over 42 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 today have been at that job nearly 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


73 Curtis                                                                                            




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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AK5CT
Latest Contacts for AK5CT at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
AE8O 2017-09-10 20M SSB DM65qi United States Thomas M Lehnert
WB5JJJ 2017-09-10 80M FT8 EM35KG United States GEORGE H COTTON
W6E 2017-09-10 20M SSB DM14lv United States Barstow Amateur Radio Club
K5DOB 2017-09-09 20M SSB EM25hs United States David E Finch
W6T 2017-09-09 20M SSB DM35vg United States Route 66 On The Air Special Event
KC5OUR 2017-09-09 20m SSB DM64pp United States VALENCIA COUNTY A/R ASSN
AD1C 2017-09-09 20M FT8 DM79NX United States JAMES J REISERT
AK4LK 2017-09-09 20M FT8 DM79NM United States LANCE G KEYS
KB5VJY 2017-09-09 40M FT8 EM32UL United States JOSEPH R HOLLAND
N9NTC 2017-09-09 80M FT8 EN53IA United States Michael L Blake
WB9SBD 2017-09-08 20M FT8 EN43 United States JOE M MAYENSCHEIN
WE5EE 2017-09-08 30M FT8 EL49 United States Jeffrey J Guidry
K5JAZ 2017-09-08 40M FT8 EM32DA United States JAMES A BROWN

Book Totals: 3617 qso's   2066 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
  • 40 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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