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Here is how I became a ham.

One day I was walking into my office and I saw a pick up truck with several tall antennas on it. The driver of the vehicle was my first new patient of the day. I asked him if the truck outside was his and if the antennas were tall enough. He quickly answered, "not really" and laughed. He began to tell me about ham radio. I mentioned to him that I used to talk on CB when I was in high school in the early 1990s and that a guy at a radio shop tuned my radio for me at a place called 555 Electronics. It turned out that it was he, who tuned my CB radio. We laughed at the coincidence and he educated me more on the hobby. For about two years, he would bring me QST magazines and even bought me a handheld 5vr so that I could listen to local nets. He would always ask when I was going to take my test. Well, I work full time, I have a beautiful wife, and 3 wonderful children. Ham radio was not high on my to do list.

Then one day on a fall afternoon, I was outside cutting my grass, when I saw my patient pull into my neighbor's driveway across the street. He was with his brother and was pulling a trailer with several antennas mounted to it. I walked over to say hello and was curious about all of the equipment. They were getting ready to install a few monitors into the communications trailer in preparation for hurricane Irma. It turns out that my neighbor across the street was also a ham and had a really amazing ham shack. Over the next few days he invited me over and started showing me how things worked. I was hooked!!!!

One week later I took by technician test and passed. I quickly installed a Yaesu FTM-400XD in my truck with a Diamond antenna and also put another Yaesu FTM-400XD in my shack at home with a Diamond 300A mounted high in the attic. Then I began to study more and a few weeks later I passed my general exam. 

I now operate a Flex 6300 with a Buck Master 7 band OCD at about 50 feet on a pine tree in an inverted V. Both of my elmers were awesome in helping me with my equipment and shack. They both use Flex radios. I have now installed an Expert Linear 1.3k amplifier. The amp has been a lot of fun to use and has helped tremendously with the DX stations. I use a Heil PR 10 mic. My power supply is a Samlex SEC-1235M.  I also recently started FT8.

Other hobbies: fresh and saltwater fishing, boating, hiking, camping
Profession: chiropractor and family nurse practitioner
Education: College of Charleston, Life University, Hardin-Simmons University, Sanford University

Thanks for the contact and 73, KD4DRJ

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