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A bit about me... I started out with radios when my father was using CB radios for work when he was logging all over in North Idaho. As I grew up he continued to use CB as his main (portable) communication and he enjoyed having radio conversations with me on his way home from work for the day. Later on, as he got out of logging and the CB thing started to slow down. This was until some friends in highschool obtained a few CB radios and wanted me to help install them. We then went around the small logging town chatting away as we drove around to spend the time (when gas was near $1 per gallon) unless we were working or going to school.

After highschool I went off to college starting out in drafting, and obtained a two year degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from North Idaho College. I then went back into the program and obtained another degree in Civil Drafting and Design. Neither of which I found a job I really wanted. I was then offered a job to become a Civil Engineer if I agreed to go back to college and obtain my engineering degree. After getting married in 2004, my bride (and highschool sweetheart) convinced me to go back to school and we moved to Moscow, Idaho where I went to U of I for Civil Engineering. As my time started to near a close in Moscow and obtaining my degree, there was a class offered by Geoff (KC7QCS) and Harvey (N7SIF) to get a ham radio license (the class was not through U of I, but through the local club). I attended the class and obtained my technician license in 2007 and joined W7UQ (found by searching for the W7UQ) at the U of I where we explored APRS and some VHF & HF radio within the W7UQ club.

After a year or so I moved back to Coeur d'Alene and did not use my license near as much. I joined up with Seach and Rescue within Kootenai Co. and after some time, became helpful to the Search and Rescue Team and the unit's radios. I also joined into KARS (http://www.k7id.com/) and the local ARES group as well and started learning about Emergency Communications and Radio Programming from all three groups. By then I was able to convince my bride to get her callsign as well (KE7OZK). My job then took me away from Kootenai County but back n I decided to get my general class license shortly after and started into more HF projects.  I also realized daughtear home. I soon joined in with the local club (BCARC found at http://www.k7jep.org/) for a little while.

After awhile my daughter was born. I also met Thor (N7JCT) and we began to brew beer together and operate on amatuer radio. I decided to get my general class license shortly after and started into more HF stuff.  I also realized daughter was about 14 months old when she became interested in radio, and may eventually test for her license as she gets older. Later my son was born and is also starting to take interest in radio, at even younger age than my daughter.  Either of the kids operate radios, but enjoy helping while my wife or myself are at the mic.

Recently, I have been exploring the hobby with HF, VHF, UHF, repeater building, digital HF, CW and VOIP with Allstar Nodes and I have more projects than I know what to do with. But I enjoy sitting down at the radio desk, (usually with my daughter and/or son) and spinning the dial or carrying on in a QSO for one reason or another on most any radio. Other hobbys still pull me away from the radio, but I'm finding more ways to incorperate radio with my other hobbys such as camping, fishing, hunting, and all sorts of outdoor activities with my family and friends. Well anwyay enough about me, lets hear from you.

 

73's till then

Josh Nelson (KE7MTF)

 

 

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