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My friends call me David.  Only the Govenor calls me James, to collect his tribute.

After playing with CB radios as a teen and listening to short wave on a WW II Navy surplus reciever through college, I concentrated on my sweet young bride, kids and a career. Nearly 40 years later I tookup the challenge to study for the Element 2 Exam and became an amateur radio operator in June 2013. After being granted my Technician Class license, my first contact was from poolside on the roof of the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a 5 watt, dual band handheld. The contact was with a longtime friend in Hobbs, New Mexico made through the statewide megalink repeater system. I was hooked! A month later I had the Genreal Class license and then, the Extra Class in nine months.  I quickly learned, getting a license only gives you permission to learn how to set up and run an Amateur Radio Station.  Now, the fun began.

The original choice was a portable radio and antenna for my multi mode transceiver; because, my radio time is split between our family home in Texas and an adobe hut in SE New Mexico (see pictures). It works great; although, the antennas have evolved from the portable to a 6 band hex beam and 30' tower on the home lot and a 137' OCF dipole in the desert.  I'm sure that evolution will continue.  The mad rush to get "On-The-Air" has mellowed to a stage of patience in new equipment additions.

I am most interested in ARES, emcom nets, our local repeater systems and most recently D-Star. When I surveyed the damage done to local radio systems by the ice storms we experienced in late November 2013, I know why it is important to have HAMs. Even in an area with a history of very few emergency communication events, the potential exists and the probability is in favor of Mother Nature.

The latest adventure has been into the world of antennas.  After listening to QRP stations coming in loud and clear from far away, I realized the antenna makes all the difference.  So, we are working to find the antenna to carry in a pack for hiking or setting up in the airplane for flying adventures. 



The Portable             

The OCF dipole on a 20' pole 

The NTM 40' Tower

Rain Brings The Desert To Life

Rain Brings Life to the Desert

The K4KIO Hex Beam is up and the neighbors have yet to scream.


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