I was first licensed as a novice with the call KB2LXA in 1989 and upgraded to Technican about a year later. My introduction to the World of amateur radio was through my elmer Barry, N2EZS. We both volunteered at the same ambulance corp and I became interested in having the capabilities to provide emergency communications. My journey eventually went away from ambulance service, but I stayed active with radio.
In 1992, I upgraded to General class and got a systematic callsign upgrade, ending up with N2PGD. I then upgraded to Advanced class in 1993. With the rumored demise of the morse code requirement, I upgraded to Extra in 2001. I wanted to finish the journey I had started so many years before and make my way all the way up to Extra class with similar requirements to when I started.
After holding the N2PGD callsign for 23 years, I jumped into the vanity call program and after two attempts ended up being the lucky recipient of N1KM. I moved to Rhode Island in 1997, but in the last few years have really decided to dedicate some time to finishing up various certificates (WAS, WAS Triple Play, DXCC, etc.). In the process, I found myself operating in more contests, in particular to help achieve DXCC and found that having a 2 call in Rhode Island wasn't helping me. The new call works nicely on CW, is short and sweet on voice, and matches extremely well with my family names.
I had an opportunity in 2001 to help show the continued relevance of amateur radio. After the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, ham radio operators were quickly mobilized. The local hams were completely exhausted by the efforts and asked for help. I was part of an 8 person team from RI that went down to NYC the week after 9/11 and provided much needed communications for the Red Cross. My picture posted here is myself with Simone Lambert at the Red Cross headquarters in Brooklyn. I never hope to be called upon to provide communications after such an event, but I do consider myself extremely lucky to have had the chance throgh amateur radio to actually DO something after the attack. It really showed me that we, amateur radio operations, still have a very viable place in the emergency communicatoins field!
If you are looking for RI to complete your WAS, drop me a note and we will see what we can do. I love being the person to round out the award for people!
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