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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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KF5WDJ
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W8P 2017-04-24 40m SSB EN82ao United States Les S. Butler
NI6IW 2017-04-08 70cm DSTAR DM12jr United States USS Midway CV-41 COMEDTRA
KB9NKM 2017-04-02 20m SSB EN70ns United States Michael J Hakes Jr
K9CT 2017-03-26 20m SSB EN50bp United States CRAIG A THOMPSON
WE4RB 2017-01-24 20m SSB EM74ra United States RICHARD W BOWERS JR
KM4YVX 2017-01-10 20m SSB EM87CW87 United States Timothy E Ratliff
KG5RBC 2017-01-08 2m DSTAR DM81TW24 United States Charles S Young
KK4TSS 2016-12-13 20m SSB EM78ce United States Christopher R Parrish
J68FF 2016-12-10 17m SSB St Lucia Budd L Drummond
W0DHG 2016-12-03 40m SSB DM04qd United States David H Goldenberg
ZL2GJ 2016-11-27 70cm DSTAR RF73ka New Zealand Garry Rumbal
SQ9DHP 2016-11-27 70cm DSTAR JO90mg Poland Wojciech Chmurzyski
JJ4VML 2016-11-26 70cm DSTAR Japan Hisanori Daimon
W5MTN 2016-11-25 20m SSB DN40FH United States Todd D Rogers

Book Totals: 456 qso's   132 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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Granted: 2015-06-05 05:35:02   (KF5WDJ)

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