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I am fairly new to amateur radio. I received my ticket back in April 2009, shortly after I turned 40. I upgraded to General on 2/10, and eventually made Extra on 5/11. Shortly after that I got a vanity call sign, KCØKM ---Kansas City Zero Kelly McClanahan.
I have been involved with scanners for the past twenty some odd years, and over the years have buried three of them. I have currently four scanners, two Bearcat 245XLT Trunk trackers II, a Pro-2051, and a Pro 106 digital trunk tracker. Since Kansas City went off the EDACS system the Bearcats are not used that much. I never bothered to program the 2051, but have MERS (Metro ER Radio System) which is mostly the NOAA/NWS to fire and police departments.

Getting into amateur radio seemed to be the next step after so many years of scanners, using CB, FRS, and seeing that a GMRS ticket was too expensive.  I am a trained weather spotter, that was part of the reason I wanted to get in to amateur radio.  As for my Amateur radios, I have a Yaesu FT-2800 as my primary base. For a HT I have a (used) TH-G71A. I used to have an Icom IC 2100 as my mobile in my truck, but reciently replaced it with a Kenwood Tm-V71A. I also have an Icom 718 as my HF, with an inverted V from the roof. Also there is another Icom IC-28H that is by the HF, but is not hooked up. I took my time in "programing" my radios -- it took me almost three years to finally program the Yaesu. I finally programmed the radio my truck,  I also programmed all my radios the same way, so all of the channels are the same, something I learned from my scanner days.

I am active in the Raytown, KØGQ ARC, and have been in several ARRL Field Days. KØGQ was one of the top ranked 2A operations -- Nationwide -- with an average top five ranking (in past years top 3). For the Division and State we are first place in all classes. I give the credit to the devotion to our members -- we usually operate for the full 24 hours, and have a few who are contesters. The past few years I have been found sitting second chair for HF, and helping out on GOTA. I am a VE with W5YI, with the KØGQ testing team.  I am member of KCHEART -- Kansas City Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio Teams. I have recently taken CERT training as well. I also am active with WW1USA special event station. .  


I currently work as a parts driver for NAPA, in Lee's Summit, MO.

I also like trains, the picture is of the UP 844 when at Kansas City Union Station, looking into the forward cylinder and running gear.


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