I was born in Kansas of all places and then went into the U.S. Navy thanks to Viet Nam and the draft system. The Navy was so great I decided to stay in and make it a career. I was a radioman since I loved communications, which is another reason I love HF. After 22.5 years I retired. I now live in Oceanside and work in the field of computers. I was given an HF receiver back when I was 8 or so and that is what sparked my interested in ham radio. Since then it was a walkie talkie in the 60's, next was the CB's in the 70.80's. In 1978, I attempted the Novice exam while I was stationed in Hawaii - missed the code test by one word. Decided to hang it up then and in either late Sep or early Oct 2012, a friend of mine showed up to lunch with an HT. After he told me that code was no longer required - I went for it. Passed my first Technician exam October 2012, General exam in November 2012, and my Extra exam in January 2013.
Applied for my first Vanity license in January which was dismissed. My next application the end of February for vanity was approved on the 7th choice - KU0V. All my information for bio and logbook went away when my call sign was updated so lost everything.The QRZ team here was able to restore my logbook- they are great.
I volunteer twice a month onboard the USS Midway museum down in San Diego. They have an active ham shack which operates special events once a month - I get to operate there.
Just got my shack "on the air" on 7/27/2013 with the raising of my HF antenna. Equipment includes a Yaesu FT-950 with a Heil PR-781mic, Icom IC-2820H which is DStar capable, my antennas include the Gap TITAN DX for my HF and a Diamond X300a for my VHF/UHF(the J-Pole I originally used is now my FM receiver antenna). I went with Diamond over Comet because Diamond is immediately available in San Marcos, CA - so wanted to support the local economy - plus Diamond Antenna's are great. I recently added an ID-51a so that I can take my D-Star with me. Got my Raspberry Pi and DVMega so that I can have a portable hot spot. My next project was to build an Xreflector which was a very good learning experience since it had to be installed on a linux box - but its up and running now - XRF041 - yeah!!! Just gotta love the new technology. . . . I also recently added a Yaesu FT-1DR to my HT's and now have C4FM Fusion for my second type of Digital Voice. . . . . so my next project is to obtain and use a DV4Mini with C4FM. After playing with C4FM and not talking very far - I gave it up at the moment and sold my FT-1DR. My most recent project was to obtain a BlueDV which is a bluestack micro plus board and a DVMega - no programming required but you can use it bluetooth to your cell phone or USB cable to your laptop - both of which work great!!! . . . . so will be taking the BlueDV down to the USS Midway and see how it goes there.....so for now . . . my projects continues . . . . and they are fun!!!
Latest new - we started a local ham club in Oceanside in late 2015 - called the "Friday Ham Club" - our club call is K6FRI. I designed and maintain the web page for it - it can be found at k6fri.bbhill.net . . . . .
DStar now through the computer with the ThumbDV - now the lowest cost to get into DStar if you are interested . . .
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