I joined the US Navy at a young age to become an Electronics Tech. I worked on UHF/VHF, HF, RADAR, SATNAV, and SATCOMMS. I was on the USS Cushing from 1989- 1994. They ended up sinking her on July 14th 2008. Its like losing a good friend.
I spent the rest of my 10 years in the Navy at NAS Corpus working on Airfield Communications and Weather systems. It was a great time. I got out in 1998 and went to work for Dell Computers. I was taking 40 calls a day for those first few years and that engrained and enritched my PC skills. I then went to work in the IT group for Dell Financial Services. We were responsible for setting up systems to support the website for processing leasing applicaions on the website. Once these systems opened Dell for drawing in 12MILLION a day. (No Pressure) :)
After Dell I went to work in the Oiland Gas field as a Communications specialsts, support field data moving to gas control. Then ERON cleared the field and went to work for an OEM in the oil and gas instrumentation business working on flow computers.
I feel in love and got to move to Katy, TX (Which has the best HOA known to man. ) . My wife gave be a 2M HT for Christmas 2015 and I was off and running. I had a few friends that thought I would enjoy the hobby. They certianly helped me in the door.
I have met and chatted with some of the best people on the planet. They are always willing to lend a hand in helping everyone around them get set up and running. It's been a great experience so far. Once I get 3 or 4 more Antennas running I wil be ready for DXing what ever that means. :)
UPDATE 1: I had a 1:4 Bakunin so I decided to build a full wave 40M delta loop. It's fed from the bottom corner, vertically polarized, and allot of work to tune, but I am getting out in a big way and I hear everything. It works great on 40,20,17, & 15. I will give it a shot on 10M on Tuesday with my new Ten Ten net number. 4-2-2016
UPDATE 2: I had issues checking in to to OMISS 40M, I was able to get checked in to the 80M net. I wasn't getting any contacts as usual. I thought it was the weather. I then tuned around the Bands a bit. I caught a Loud station calling for DX IW3IBK. I was able to get a 57-59 QSO with Italy. I dog was barking something in the back yard and wehn I went outside My 40 meter loop had been knocked out of the tree by the storm that passed through that morning.
I read about antennas and RF progation and I am still amazed at how the RF can travel even under less than ideal conditions. I am even thinking I need to lower the Antenna when chasing DX.... Especaily Italy :)
UPDATE 3: I participalted in Field Day 2016 and had a blast out in Pecan Grove. I have since kept pluging away at WAS, and got a few QRZ awards along the way. I have also joined two clubs. Katy Amature Radio Society and Brazo Valley Amature Radio Club. These are both great groups and full of Elmers and acivities.
I participated in my first contest the 10-10 Summer (PH) 2016. The band could have been better. I should have had a better antenna, but it was a great experience. I can see how contesting can be addictive. :) 8-9-2016
Jan 8th 2017 I ran the ARRL RTTY Roundup 2017. It was a great event and my 1st RTTY contest. I could have had a better score, but I hung in there and work the entire event. This will give me something to beat next go around.
Next up Jan 21st North American QSO Party, SSB I hope to get more done this go around.
Check out my score at 3030 Scores.com
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