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I tied the ribbon of my final (5th) year as Organizer for Quartzfest  in January of 2015 but, along with my long time friend, Mac W5EDI, took over again as Organizers for 2018. Quartzfest is a week long ARRL Specialty Operating Convention held FREE in the desert just south of Quartzsite Arizona the last full week of January every year. Quartzfest is an RV "Boondocking" (dry camping) event which features 8 seminars each day on a variety of topics including Amatur Radio, RV'ing and Alternative Energy. The week also includes 2 VE Exam sessions, Pot Luck Dinners including our world famous (almost) HOBO Stew, a hidden transmitter hunt (T-Hunt), an OFF Road Trip, Antenna Shootout, a HAM Radio Swapmeet and crafts for those not so technically inclined and so much more. Come join us for our 20th Anniversary Quartzfest 2017. For more info, please visit www.quartzfest.org   

My radio experience didn't begin when I got my Novice License. It actually began in 1975 when I joined the Army as a Paratrooper and Radio Operator. My job was to provide HF Communications via radio telephone, International Morse code (CW) and Radio Teletype. My carreer allowed me to travel worldwide in the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps and 10th Special Forces Group.

My Amateur Radio life began in 1985 when I passed my Novice exam and was awarded the Call Sign KB6KSP. I upgraded to both Technician and General a couple months later and in February of 1987 passed my Advanced Class Exam which I still hold.

As a HAM I've not just sat on the fence and watched everyone else do all the work...I've gotten involved and gotten my hands dirty and done my fair share of Elmering. I spent 2 years as Director of Emergency Operations (DEO) for US Army M.A.R.S. Kansas AAT7RM, Vice President and President of the Amateur Radio Club of El Cajon, Director on the Board of the Hot Springs (S.D.) Amateur Radio Club and most recently, the Organizer for Quartzfest. I served on the planning committee for the 2010 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention in San Diego and I'm a certified Volunteer Examiner with W5YI, ARRL and SANDARC. My biggest accomplishment was in 2009 when the Amateur Radio Club of El Cajon selected me as the Club's "HAM of the Year".

Currently, I'm working on my second year as joint Field Day Chair for both the Radio Society of Tucson (RST) and Catalina Radio Club (CRC).

I spent a number of years as a fulltime RV'er and enjoy traveling, sightseeing and fishing around the US with my dogs, Heidi and Lit'l Bit. I'm now settled and have made my home in Tucson AZ.

My most rewarding contribution to Amateur Radio has been my involvement since 1988 with the Radio Club of Jr High School 22 (22 Crew) and the Classroom Net found monday thru Friday mornings on 7.238MHz from 7:-830 am eastern time. www.wb2jkj.org 

I've been pretty much off the air since 2013 when I made a major life change. For more info on that change visit my website. From here on out I plan on being much more active on HF.

 

 

 

 

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