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Hello, I am KC1FGY and I like amateur radio, adventuring and things that go boom.

Let me tell you about how I got involved in radio.

I was at a local ZERT (Zombie Eradication Response Team) monthly meet shooting guns, practicing pistol/rifle transitions, tac reloads, 2 man team tactics and the sort with my battle buddies. A man that was there gathered us around and handed out papers on communication in an emergency. For some reason I found myself enthralled with the fact you can actually comunicate without cell phones or common telecommunications. In the papers he was handing out there were things listed about how to get licensed, different types of radios, antennas and what to expect from them. On the drive home all I could think about was, "what if I actualy needed to communicate in a disaster where TV, Internet, Cell phones land lines etc. were not available? I should study and get my technician license at the least" So my wife (KC1FGX) and myself studied on our down time throughout the period of a week. An exam session was available in Concord, NH the following saturday so we decided to test our newly acquired witts. We both passed. It was a feeling I some hoe knew I would have again in the future. So, with my new Technician capabilities, I purchased a Baofeng UV82HP and the Nagoya NA771 antenna from amazon. It showed up less than a week later. I was excited to learn how to use it. Once I was comfortable with learning how to manually program it I decided to try some repeaters. I cant remember the first QSO I had but I do remember it was on the W1BST Ossipee NH repeater. Neat, I thought. From there on out I started hiking with it and listening in on repeaters. My first simplex contact was when I was up on Mt. Adams on 146.520fm. I called out and got a reply from N1RKO, Mary. I asked her what she was up to for the day and she said she was climbing Mt. Washington and doing SOTA (Summits On The Air) after the ARES event she was taking part in for the annual fot race up Mt. Washington with Central New Hampshire Amateur Radio Club ( a club that I'm in now). From there on out I just kept hiking with my HT. I eventually hit the point where I wanted more power, more bands and to not leave the house and take a hike to have QSO over distance. Therfore I began investing in mobile rigs, dual banders, tribanders, power supplies, better coax and base antennas. Once I was comfortable and bored with the VHF/UHF spectrum I started studying for The General and I passed with flying colors. After gettting my general ticket, I bought a Yaesu 817ND and an Alexloop and started playing HF. That was a big learning curve. I experienced alot of failure and progression on my own with HF. There were a few people that offered to help out but always backed out last minute. After a few months of wanting to do HF from home I purchased a Yaesu 857D with collins SSB filter, LDG AT 200 and a G5RV. Making HF contacts was very exciting and still is The snow ball picked up rather quickly. And as of lately I just acquired my Amateur Extra license. I did not see that coming from the get go! My favorite part of ham radio is the never ending knowledge to gain. There is always something new to try. I'm a big big fan of odd ball bands like 900mhz, 220mhz, 1.2GHz and have been experimenting with those while out hiking. Ive become heavily involved with summits on the air and I usually go out and do that when I can.

I think thats all I got to say about myself for now. Thanks for reading and maybe we will run into each other on the waves.

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