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I always wanted to be a ham radio operator. Even as a little guy I was fascinated by wireless communication. I used to read books and try to study the code (the wrong way of course). I was even into CB as a teenager (KGX7322) when it was still civil.  While I was in the Army in the early '80's I built a Heathkit HW-8 even though I still didn't have my license. Before I could get my license I was transferred to Germany for three years. Even after getting back the stars still wouldn't align. Finally in Sept. of 1995 I received my Tech License and my new call KC5RKS while living in Shreveport, LA. In October I passed my 5 wpm code test and became a Tech Plus. I continued to study and in May 1996 I applied for my General Class license. I passed the General written test but I had to wait for the 13 wpm code test. While waiting, one of the examiners asked if I would like to take the Advanced test so I did. I missed it by 5 and thought I would try again, this time I missed it by one so I tried one more time since the 5 wpm code test was still going on. Well by golly I passed it (and I did't study for it). Next was the code test and I manged to squeak by the 13 wpm test. Wow, I was an Advanced Class license holder (never was a general) with a new call sign of KM5AV.
 
I moved to Georgia in 1999 and after a few years of ribbing about my 5 call, I decided to get a 4 call. I decided if I was going to change my call I would get one I really wanted. In Sept. 2003 I passed my Extra Exam (by this time the code requirement was 5 wpm). I hunted around and found a call sign no one bothered with. The license was active but I found out William Troup of Fairhope, AL was deceased. I supplied the FCC with all the proper forms and in October I was awarded KK4Z, which I still hold today.
 
In December of 2014, I moved to Front Royal, VA due to taking a job in Washington DC.  As of July 14, 2017 I have moved back to Georgia to be near friends and family.
 
Currently my interest lie in Emergency Communications. I provide EmComm for my church. I was deployed with my church as a ham radio operator for the following hurricanes in the 2004-2005 seasons; Charles, Francis, Jean, Ivan, and Katrina. For Katrina I spent 2 weeks in Gulfport, MS establishing communications between several of our church buildings. I have held several positions in ARES including the GA section SEC for a year. I was also a communicator for the Civil Air Patrol for about 2 years and was voted Communicator of the year in 2006. While in the Civil Air Patrol I also served in an incident management team.  I have taken many FEMA courses to include ISC-400 and AUXCOM. I am still active in EmComm and I am also a State Certified CERT instructor.  I was the Deputy CERT Coordinator for Warren County, VA.  Moving back to Georgia, I still plan on serving my community with amateur radio.
 
 

 

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