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I guess you could call me a late bloomer as far as Amature Radio is concerned, because I didn't earn my technician license until 2009.I earned my General license on the 18th of August 2009.

It would seem that I also have a tendency to get the cart ahead of the horse, so I will correct that by saying that I was born in 1950. I have two children, two married stepsons, and six grandchildren. I got interested in Amateur radio when in my late teens when a freind whose girlfreind's father showed me his newTen-Tech rig. His call is WA9NOL. I didn't get my tech. until 2009.

I didn't get involved in our hobby until a few years after I retired in 2006. What a wonderful hobby it is! It has opened doors to be able to help others as much, if not more, than anything I have ever done before.

Since becoming involved with Operation SkyWarn here in Ionia County MI. I have found that all it takes to become involved in volunteer service with the county is a heart for service and the knowlege that is available on the web through FEMA, the FCC and NOAA and ARRL. I hope my bio has been an encouragement to new hams to stay the course, keep the faith and never stop learning.I got started with an old Yaesu 2m HT, which I sold and upgraded to a Yaesu FT-60 HT and on and on from one radio to another until I upgraded to my General license and bought a Yaesu FT-990.

I just purchased a Kenwood TS-590.What a wonderful HF rig. About three weeks later I was able to acquire a Kenwood TM-V71 mobile to use for uhf/vhf in the shack. I have upgraded antennas also. I now am running a Diamond tri-band vertical above an 8 element 2m Moonraker yagi, above a hygain 10/15/20m tri-band HF yagi beam. I QSL with snail mail because it is still faster than any of the bureaus I have seen.

I am now a member of the OMISS net and The Buzzard's Roost net,as well as the OMISS net member #8164.

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