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Hello World: Greetings from the Lone Star State - TEXAS.

I'm down in SE Texas. Kilo Foxtrot 5 Lima Kilo Golf or to the civilian world of comms King Frank 5 Lincoln King George. I got started in this adventure when i was 14, Climbed a 100' tower to repair stacked beams at a coworker friend of my dad and the KC clubs repeater tower. And i was hooked, got involved with the Ft. Worth Kilo Cycle Club from him and began my novice classes with them and the fun of morse code. I would climb towers and help out the operators and they would teach me, We got a hold of a broken motorola radio that was in the trunks of vehicles and began modifications to it, rebuilt the power supply and got the receiver hooked up. All i had to do was plug in crystals and i could hear the repeaters, next came the Helicrafters- Sx140 so i could listen to the world and practice morse code. Somewhere at 15 my antenna pole got hit by lightening and away went the inverted v's and the receivers. To young at that time radios went away and more adventures began. Close to 25 began roof top tall buildings in the metroplex area of Ft. Worth and Dallas, The taller the building the better the roof top view was. Satellite, microwave, phone, fiber and laser systems began for me. Around 35 world wide satellite began in Atlanta Georgia ( NO not for CNN or TBS or the Weather Channel,. Something bigger!  Very Big dishes for  video and audio and  data transmitting would take place. RC aircraft would begin, daytime and night time flying, combat, pattern and racing oo what fun and expense. Now in my 50's I have reentered into where i was at 14. My new elmer is Gary Pannell- WA5FWC.  So I left the rock climbing in Georgia and North Carolina and Tennesseee  and got back  to climbing towers again and learning how to use my equipment back in Texas. I have started in the early morning and watch the sun rise and then come down when the stars are out with a flashlight. He is near Ft. Worth and i am down here near Beaumont. I  have my inverted V's and dipoles going  different directions along with my verticals and working on my  tower project.   Have been playing with NVIS antennas now for home and portable uses. Got my tech license at the Plano Texas Hamcom ARRL Convention and played on 2 meters and 440, involved with Net Control for the Ft. Worth KC Club (W5SH).  I got my general license because my friends told me to get off the towers and get on the radio more to start using what i was installing and playing  with. I stay active with the Ft. Worth KC Club, Lockheed Martin ( Now the CowTown Club) in Ft. Worth  and the JARS club in Mansfield. Member of  the DARC club in Dallas . Now back and forth on my farm I am hooked up with the Tyler County Club in Woodville, The Lakes Area Club in Jasper and the Beaumont Club in Beaumont all 25 miles or more from my farm in three different directions, . Yes i'm in the middle of no where and trees" lots of trees",  the Big Thicket National Preserve surrounds me. Planes don't even fly over our farm, we are not in a flight corridor. I have a Yeasu  FT-897 for camping and home use and Yeasu FT-8900 in the truck. I'm involved with ARES, RACES and Skywarn , I'm a VE and love to help and climb which allows me to learn. The picture is me on one of WA5FWC'S,  4 square towers had to raise each antenna 22'' to allow for more bandwidth. So 65' up and down x 4 in a few hours EASY !!!! His main towers are higher more visablility. O ya !!   The Cedar Hill towers and North Georgia Mountain towers  along with the Rockies still have the best views thou.

My Motto:The higher the better! Where's the tower? You want me to climb that !- KOOL, When and What time!

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