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I guess it's time I finally put something here after all these years. laugh  Welcome to my QRZ Page!  Over the past 3-4 years now, after a 10+ year hiatus from my love of Ham Radio, I've been having a great time with Digital Radio.  My journey into Digital Radio started with meeting a few crazy, yet really great guys in the Charlotte D-Star Group and the GARA club in Greensboro, NC.  I met Steve, KA4YMY and Roland, W9HPX at one of the Charlotte Hamfests.  The Group had a booth setup and I was fascinated by what they were doing.  I talked to them for quite a while.  Then when I was getting ready to leave the Hamfest, I turned around and went back and bought an Icom ID-91A.  That purchase started an addiction, as I like to call it.  I was heading out to Colorado for work and I hurried to get myself registered so I could get on to D-Star.  Roland approved my registration in record time.   While in CO for a week, I attended 3 ham radio club meetings and had a great time talking on D-Star the whole time I was there.  When I got back to NC, I started talking with some of the guys in Greensboro on the W4GSO D-Star Repeater.  In time, I got to know everyone in the club there and became a member.  It didn't take long.  After some poking & prodding from those guys, I picked up a UHF DVAP, an Icom 880, ID-51A+, and an ID-31A.  I completely blamed Jesse, K4AX, Chris, K4HC, Patrick, K2CPR, Scott, KV4UP, Ken, KC4YOZ and Cameron, AJ4TW when my wife asked about all my new purchases. LOL.  From there, I got to start talking with everyone on the NC Reflector, REF054C.  I also got the pleasure of meeting some of  the great hams in the Winston-Salem area where I currently live.  Tom, W4SNA decided to setup a DMR Repeater on the NC PRN Network.  How could I not want to try that out?  It didn't take long, I picked up a CS-700 and then an MD-380.  Tom, W4SNA also has a great analog link system setup on 6m, 2m, and 440.  How could I forget about Doug, N4TZD?  He setup a 220Mhz repeater locally as well.   I've learned to love the 220 band.  Tom and Doug work on a lot of stuff together and are a great duo when it comes to linking stuff together.  

It's also kind of ironic the whole time I've been living/working here in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro area, one of my good friends, Mike, W3TWG and I had worked together for close to 10 years before we talked on the radio.  Obviously that's not the case any more.  It took me a while, but I got him started in the Digital side of the hobby as well.  You're Welcome Mike!  

I've learned a great deal from all these great people, made some really good friends and have been having a blast every since whether it's talking to everyone on D-Star, DMR, or even analog,   The last year I've been helping maintain the GARA W4GSO D-Star repeater, continued to enjoy DMR/D-Star and lately C4FM.  That's where the next part of the adventure begins.  It's been great so far and I have to say thanks to everyone for helping me with this adventure and help me get back to enjoying the hobby!  73 de K4SQI!

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