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In addition to being a ham radio operator, I am: an amateur super heraux, defender of the faith, toter of firewood, driller of wells, inventor of complex Anglo Saxon phrases whilst using tools, grinder of teeth, mower of yards, milker of goats, skinner of raccoons, roaster of armadillos, washer of laundry, member in good standing of the DKWWDHBIMUFRIL (Don't Know What We're Doin' Here But It Makes Us Feel Really Important Lodge). founding member and charter prezidunce of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge Society, known associate of suspicious characters, entertainer of small dogs and children, knife collector and user, proud owner of a body composed of $4.38 worth of chemicals, father of one daughter, which is plenty, and husband to my XYL, Mary, who is the most tolerant HR widow on God's Green Earth.

 

 

 

 

More seriously, I've been a shortwave listener since I was 10 y/o. I had an old Philco console SW owned by my grandparents. After a few years I upgraded to a Radio Shack DX-150, and I was stringing up antennas for all bands. I didn't even meet a ham for nine more years as I lived in the rural swamplands of Louisiana. I've been a ham since April 1981. (KA5LMR) In the first 20 years I did everything: DX, contests, kilowatts, SSTV, you name it, I did it. About 20 years in, I kind of got burned out. It's hard to describe, but I really didn't want to have anything to do with ham radio. (I kept my license current, as I'm not a psycho). I would run my radios an hour each month, but only transmit into a dummy load. I would put the scanner on the local repeaters, but would only listen, then for only a few minutes, then back to football.

 

Then, in May of 2000, I came across QRP-CW. Everything changed.

I could not get enough of low power CW operation. I started with the Ramsey 40M twins. (I know they're dogs, but they do work, and it was quite a thrill.) I graduated to a Vectronix 30M xceiver, then to an MFJ Cub, then a TenTec 1340, and now an IC-703 and a Wilderness Sierra. (I retained my trusty IC-706, as you always need a backup plan!) My next project is a SWL Rockmite. I crank my power down on lots of QSOs, just to see how low I can go. I liken it to pulling in a swordfish with a sewing thread! I was in love with radio all over again.

To celebrate my new love, I changed my call, from KA5LMR to KO0KY. It is to remind me that ham radio should be fun, all the time. If I take too serious an attitude, it loses the fun aspect, and becomes a chore.

One thing about my call: Some hams like it, some hams hate it, most are indifferent, but no one ever forgets they had a QSO with me. Having that call on my hat at a hamfest always brings up many hams that remembered their QSO with that 'ko0ky' guy. When my license came up for renewal in 2010, an odd thing happened. My QRZ hit counter started to explode. I figure it was some hams hoping that my call would come available. Too bad, I haven't worn it out yet!

Now that hamming is fun, I do a lot of it, and never dread getting behind the key or mike. (I still do some SSB and FM, of course, just less of it.) There are a lot of swordfish, marlins and whales to pull in with my armory of sewing threads. I ran QRO for 20 years, and my interest waned, I am now running QRP, and sometimes QRPp, and I cannot get enough. Maybe you need the kick-in-the-pants I got from joining the low power ranks.

Update 1-11-11 - I was reluctanty voted in as president of the local ham club. I plan on promoting QRP-CW, along with radio in general. Check out our club at:

http://www.w0hca.net/

 

Update 1-1-13 - Well, I served two yearrs as president, which I figure is enough. Three terms seems, kind of anti-American. However, I did volunteer to be treasurer AND secretary, which used to be two offices. Neither is a burden, maybe 2 hours total a month, plus I go to the meetings anyway. I'm hoping I inspire someone else to serve a term at this or that. We need people to get involved.

 

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