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A new card for my main one right now...had a grandfather that worked for the railroad before he came to Texas from Illinois.  Used to take me as a kid to watch the old steam engines come thru where he lived.  Fell in love with them...love to take photos and ride on them when I can.  Belong to a group in Albuquerque that is in the end process of finishing a re build on a big Santa Fe steamer that hauled passengers at over 90 mph.  Can google Santa Fe 2926 and have fun looking at what's going on.  The QSL photo was taken near Dallas of "Big Boy", the largest steam locomotive made.  25 were built for Union Pacific in the 1940's.

Below are other QSL cards I've made. I operated C6A at the end of 2013 thru Jan 5th 2014. Really had a lot of fun, carried entire station down on the plane in a carry on hand bag. Lots of contacts from all over.  One card was from setting up in a rare grid square in DM 71 at an abandoned gas station at Kent, Tx, a ghost town, during field day on 6 meters with another ham, W5NQH. Temp reached over 120f, but a neat experience.  I have a second QTH at Ft Davis, an old cavalry fort town in the mts of West Texas.  The town is a mile high and peaks over 8000ft in the range.  My grandparents retired there and I eventually inherited the place.  Spend a lot of weekends there at DM 80.  The old fort is a major nat'l historic site and great to visit and take it all in.  Big observatory on one of the peaks...great visitors center and star gazing parties during the summer.  There are real mts in Texas after all that are quite beautiful and make for some super tough bicycle riding.  Another image was made a few years back, but pretty close in representing my situation set up. Can tell I build antenna tuners, etc, and don't mind turning knobs to set things. After all, I built my first receivers and transmitters from converting and adding to surplus WWII stuff I bought at a ham store in Houston where I lived for the first 30 yrs of my life. That style is still ingrained in my operating technique. I'm an "Old Ham". In one card I'm operating on a cruise ship in 2013 that left from Galveston, Tx. Maritime mobile is different, salt water changes the whole thing!  Like a big beam.  The station photo at the top is how it looks now in 2015. Have amps for HF and 6 meters, and all my antennas are home made, but a major ice storm in Jan 2015 took out my HF beam.  Bought my 1st HF antenna ever, a Traffie Hex Beam.  I do like to have something I built involved in the process, so it's a personal thing.   I still love the hobby just as much as I did when I went on the air with 10watts CW in July of 1956. Hope you enjoy hamming as much as I do, when I get time to get on!.......As for my background, since I get asked a lot.  Have BA degree from University of Houston and an MEd from Sul Ross State, Alpine, Tx.  I was a high school math teacher for years, messed around with photography as a hobby, did some college classes in it also.  Quit high school teaching way back there and opened a photo business.  Have been taking photos for 40 yrs now and still at it full time.  Also did a 13 yr, at night, stint teaching photography at the junior college and university level.  Along the way, did time for my country and spent 9 years with the US Army and Army Reserve in communications.  I love my country and respect the office of the presidency, regardless of who occupies it.  I defended the US, not some individual!  I tend to be a progressive person.  A function of the government is to serve the people.  Lincoln so stated that!  Photography has taught me one thing that I fully believe: "You can't be creative and very conservative at the same time"!  Another hobby of mine is bicycle riding...I normally log a few thousand miles a year and hope to continue for as long as I can keep doing it.  Enough for now, thanks for reading this and stay active at hamming.  Being on the air helps us to stay on the air.  AND...no excuse for not being in the ARRL...they may not be perfect, but who of us can do what they do?  Without them, we would have vanished a long time ago....even bicycling requires representation with state governments to keep access to roads and trails.             Hope to qso with you again or for the first time.

73...August, K5 Here Comes Texas...












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