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For the longest time I wanted to be a ham. I was fascinated with Amateur Radio and I was fairly well trained in electronics and communications as a Microwave Radio Repairman in the US Army. It wasn't until 1976 that an opportunity came up - a friend of mine needed help with some of the math so he could take his Extra test. I promised to help him with that and in return he offered to help me with the code (my stumbling block so far). We went through several weeks of practice and one day he gave me a packet of forms and some questions. I asked him why he would give me this test without taking the code test? He then told me that I had been copying Morse Code at over 10 words per minute and therefore had passed the code test!! The forms all filled out - the test passed - the packet of forms sent to the FCC = My original call WB1BZJ came in the mail about one month later.

We both went down to the FCC office at the "Customs House" in Boston where we sat down to take the code test... I signed up for the general test and copied the 13wpm required at that time with no problem. The written tests came afterwards and since I passed the General test, I asked to take the Advanced test - I passed that also and would have gone on to take the Extra, but I hadn't taken the code far enough for the 20wpm required and so I was not elligible.

KA1RB was issued and was delivered several weeks later in the mail and in those days you had to wait for that to happen before you could operate with your new privileges. The new ticket came and the new call was the earned advanced call sign 2x2 = KA1RB.

I am active as a VE, and I spend a lot of time as a volunteer instructor teaching courses from Tech to Extra. My favorite band is still 10 Meters and I am a member of the 10-X International. With the Sun Spot activity at the very bottom of the barrel - I have fallen back on 20 meters and 40 meters as "operational bands".

Recently I was elected/appointed to be the Section Manager for Wisconsin. I know that I surprise a few people when I show up with a "1 area" call... but it is the call I've earned and I'm keeping it! All kidding asside, I want to do the best I can for our section and as such I have the following goals" :

  • Improve the recruitment of young people into Amateur Radio
  • Increase ARRL membership & financial support
  • Expand PRB-1 to cover property covenants and restrictions
  • Support and help drive the growth and goals of the ARES/RACES programs
  • Continue supporting pro-active FCC rules enforcement
  • Develop and support continuing Amateur Radio education   

       While I fully endorse them, I can't take credit for all these goals they were/are Dick Isely's defined goals and as such I make them mine/ours!

My intention is to be available to the Wisconsin Hams, however I can help them (within reason  - I am not buying anyone a new radio!)....  I'll try to help - just take the time to let me know what you need. Give me your ideas - together we can be more than the sum of our ideas!

Patrick Moretti  KA1RB
Section Manager/Wisconsin

My antenna are on a roof mounted tower... lots of aluminum!


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