My interest in Ham Radio started in the late 1970's when I discovered a friend's father had a radio room in the basement where we had band practice. Seems none of our parents wanted to us to have a permanent place to make noise, so we took turns moving guitars, amps and drums around every few weeks.
Dr WIlliam Golden K9WG (sk), did not mind showing us around the shack and offered the encouragement to get going. But a few other things got in the way. It was not until after college graduation I finally obtained my license. With my first real paycheck I went to the HeathKit store in Atlanta only to discover it no longer sold radios and was referred to HRO. Unfortunately both he and his son Eric, one of my best friends are no longer with us.
The Georgia hams that have helped along the way:
Tim Lemmon WK4U, for my initial CW course to get my 13 wpm. and later my Advanced class license in the mid 1990's.
Ralph Fowler, N4NEQ for exposing me to the many different facets of ham radio available to technicians at the time.
Emory Gordy, W4WRO for allowing me to help with the CW station at Field Day.
Jim Stafford, W4QO, for bringing me back to the CW table with a great refresher course and encouraging me to get involved with QRP and kit building.
And the rest of my great friends and buddies, almost all are from the contacts made due to ham radio. So thanks go out to Ed KC4ZGK, Jerry KD4LZL, Marty N4JDO, Ric AD4EH, Al WA0HQQ, Jeff N1KDO for all the help over the years.
I am a member of several clubs: Silver Comet , North Fulton - which was the National Club of the year in 2010, and the ARRL life member.
FISTs # 1447
Flying Pigs #2552
I'm still having fun, playing on the radio. Building a few things along the way- the latest being a SDR with the help of Mack WB4MAK and Chuck AE4CW.
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