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 Hi... I have only been a ham since May 2011, but had the desire since 1961 at age fourteen. I was fascinated with radio and wanted to become a DJ and a ham in the most devoted way. Being in junior high, I begged my dad (himself a WWII communications instructor/unit leader) to let me take the novice exam. He said to go for it, but if it affected my school work, he would lock it away until "...next June....". Well, knowing that I could not resist the temptation, I decided not to test at that time.

Years passed and grade school turned into college, then marriage, and family. Work took 99.9% of my time. No chance of exam here..! In 2010, sadly I lost my wife to cancer and we shut down our family food business because of competition from the big stores. Now I had nothing but time. Also being a former broadcast media person, meteorology student and emergency management communications and weather officer for my local county kept me into the communications field quite closely... After attending a severe weather conference in 2011 and going to lunch with several hams, they convinced me to take the test. A month later I took the technician and general the same day and passed both...! My dreams had at last come true...Wow, I passed the General...!!

Now I am a member of Wilson Co. (TX) ARES as assistant emergency coordinator, Texas RACES, Skywarn/OEM (certified basic, advanced, tropical), National Weather Service/San Antonio broadcast media liaison, member NWA/AMS, freelance photographer, producer, reporter/photojournalist and still work in the local media as announcer/producer. In the late 60's and early 70's, I worked on the air as a dj and newscaster. My first big job was at clear channel, 50kw. WOAI-AM in San Antonio. Having an evening shift, my audience ranged from Canada down into southern Mexico. The calls I got were quite interesting and made friends across the US...Those were fun times...!

I started learning the digital modes and enjoying the few contacts made so far. Am using Fldigi, DigiPanand MixW in RTTY, PSK31, Olivia, and MT63 and experimenting with others, and a SignaLink USB sound card into an ICom 706mkIIG, ICom 7000, 7200 and Yaesu 857 running about 40 watts on digital, 100 watts sideband. Just added an Elecraft KX3 and starting to run QRP...Our local ARES unit (W5WCR) has me running RMS Express (WINMOR/PACKET) during our annual drills with the Texas RACES net and regional ARES nets. Been out on a couple of severe weather storm "chases" for the county and the New Braunfels, TX(EWX) weather forecast office, feeding live reports to the NWS and to local television meteorologists. Mobile instrumentation and Doppler radar in my vehicle rounds out the package

So, I am now "living the dream" and ham radio is a large part of my life...the learning continues... "Never Stop Hamming..." 73...


Jim - KF5KYT

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