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I am in the process of rebuilding a complete HAM station after being away from 20 years.  Over the past year I have put up wires then a vertical (HF6V.)  This spring I rebuild and installed a 58 foot crank up tower (W5OP/SK Charles) in the front yard of MY house.  On top of that is an older TH5.  For 40 Meters transmit and receive I use a horzonal delta loop at about 35 feet.  For 80 meter transmit and receive I am still using the HF6V.  For 160 meters transmit and receive I use 256 foot inverted "L" antenna with some success.    

The Beginning of Ham Life:

Ham life started by accident for me. I helped a friend (KJ5LW) move an antenna tower on my day off. For pay he gave me some pieces and parts. In this stuff was a 5 WPM code tape. The next week I was working alone in the computer room on grave yard shift with nothing much to do. So I learned 5 WPM code in one night. Was I good at code at this point? No... sigh

Next came a test book with lots of chapters to read and study. I started my new hobby by this point. I guess I had built half a dozen antenna before I took my Novice test. I passed on the first try.

I received my ticket on the 16th day of January 1990. What to do now? Well while waiting to get my ticket I had picked up a Kenwood 520S at the Houston Hamfest. Being that I already had a few antennas I started monitoring with the intent of contacting.

A few days went by before I sent my first CQ on a seemingly quite band. An answer back! Shocked me so bad that I turned the radio off right then and there!

A few more days pass and I send my second CQ on that same quite band. An answer from Maine. The QSO was somewhat short but very taxing on me. I had never spoke to anyone on a radio out of Texas before.

Then DXing set in. The chase for 100 confirmed countries. Late nights, early mornings and long evenings were a thrill. I was real active for the first 8 years of the ham life. That all changed.

I was not active in HAM radio during the 20 years of my marrage.  As that marrage has come to an end I have reached back out for my old mic and key.  With my faith in Jesus Christ and frind around the world in HAM radio, I will survive.

To the more that 4000 radio contacts in my log, TNX es 73. Hope to see you on down the log again.

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