I was always interested in electronics as a boy because my uncle, Lemuel Elder, K4DKQ, was a Ham and a Civil Defense volunteer.Our families were close and we used to swap kids, and I would visit my cousin Joe (now KB2ECM) and we would sit on the back porch tuning through the dials of my uncle's big Collins rig, listening to the world.
I never sought my own license because the code would bog me down, and then a career and family got in the way. Finally, after retirement from the Baton Rouge Police Department (ironically my first 11 months were as a radio dispatcher - KAY222, KKA422, and KLX867) I finally got my Technician and General in October 2014. As soon as I got into the database, I requested a vanity call of K5DKQ, in honor of my Uncle Lemuel.
Mainly on VHF/UHF when I started, I finally got a Yaesu FT-767 Mark II and put a trapped dipole in the attic. Now I've upgraded to a FTDX-1200 and have a new antenna to put up in the back yard.
I joined the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club (w5gad.org) and became very active, eventually being elected to the Board of Directos and I restarted the dormant weekly net, and have been running it since March, 2016. And in the spring of 2016, with the Elmering of Jerry Burg, N5GKJ, I got my Extra ticket!
It seems I am never active enough on HF and always learning new ideas, modes, skills and always meeting new friends.
New 8/29/16 - I finally hooked up my SCU-17 that I bought with my FTDX-1200 last October and got active on digital modes.
I now am hooked on PSK31 and in the first couple of weeks, I've made 80 or so contacts. I also got a Signalink for my VHF/UHF station and have started doing Winlink. Old dogs can learn new tricks!
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