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I've been a life-long listener to radio of all types, including LW, MW, AM, FM, Air, SW, UHF, VHF, MU.  I have fond memories of sitting on a stool in the basement of our house in Michigan having my hair cut by my Dad (he cut all of our hair for many years - including my little sister's).  The Hallicrafters "Sky Buddy" was within reach and I never tired of scanning for that weak signal from across the globe in a language I didn't understand.  My Dad served in France/ Austria during WW2 in the Army Signal Core ("The Black Panthers") and turned his love of all things radios and electronic into an amazing life of service to Michigan Bell Telephone Company.  Started as a 17 year-old in a switching office and retired decades later as a Director in Data Communications (he consulted after retirement in the developed of "AMPS"... cellular telephone technology!).

The Sky Buddy has been sold to a new fan and I knew I had to move from listen only to listen and talk.  So, at 63, I studied and passed the Technician exam in January of 2017.  I passed the General Class exam at the Irving Texas HAMCOM in June 2017.  I know some people study to pass the exams, but I'm in the group that studies and builds to really understand the concepts and theories.  So no rush, but I would like to take the Extra exam sometime in 2018.

I've used a Discone antenna suspended in my attic for listening and a bit of 2m-440 transmission since receiving my ticket and recently scratch-built a 40-20-15-10 fan dipole, also strung in my attic (works fair on 80m as well).  I traded my Yaesu FTDX1200 for a Yeasu FT-857d and ATAS antenna.  My ham interests are primarily personal enjoyment and emergency assistance.  I have joined the hams at the Denton County Amateur Radio Association.  I'm not really concerned with contests or awards (just not a competitive person).  I'm enjoying getting back into electronics and have repaired several HTs, an old TenTec paddle keyer, and built a modified BITX40 transceiver. 

You are never too old to learn!

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