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I started in amateur radio in June of 1997(20 years ago! I must be having fun time sure flew by).  I was introduced to amateur radio through my uncle who would show us kids, my siblings and my cousins, the cool sounds coming out of his radio.  I was intrigued and the more I learned the more I wanted to be part of it.  Initially I would use toy radio and then CB to talk to my cousins while we studied for the Technician license (back then both the Novice and Technician written tests were required for a Technician license).  Once licensed we were like kids in a candy store, we now had space to "play radio" and ability to experiment.  We experimented with cross band operations, distance experiments with hand held radios and even antennas.  If we could think of it we tried it and used family outings and holidays as a time to experiment while the adults did whatever adults do at family events.  I am not afraid to admit I once used the CB band, but then I used the CB band as a way into amateur radio.

I upgraded on 5 June, 2011 at the Breezeshooters Hamfest in Butler, PA to General and on 13 September, 2015 I upgraded to Extra at the Butler County Amateur Radio Association Swapfest, in Butler, PA.  I am on HF with my FT-857 and a MFJ tuner using a G5RV JR and a home-made 10/12 meter vertical dipole.  I am mostly 20, 40 and 60 meters although I move around chasing DX.  I do not have an amplifier and only operate at 100 watts and have worked a good amount of DX.  I do try to work satellites when I have the chance, with the loss of AO-51 my satellite work has decreased but now with the fun cube sats going up, my interest and be reborn.

I operate digital voice modes of DSTAR and System Fusion via a hot spot (the local Fusion repeater is not networked as of yet), have tried my had at SSTV on HF, APRS and even CW (I am not the best fist but I learned code even though I started out as a no-code technician).

I also operate mobile on VHF/UHF usually on the WAN repeater system and local repeaters.

I work in Emergency Medical Services (911 Ambulance service) which gives me an odd schedule of time on the radio as well as being a volunteer firefighter and having three kids life is a little busy.  My kids enjoy taking to Santa on repeater and sometimes checking into the local weekly. The next generation of operators have only showed interest in using FRS radios and occasional use of the Amateur Bands but the seed has been planted, now we see what will grow.

See you on the air.

73, DE

Andy, N3ZRA

Updated and revised on 16-May-2017

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N3ZRA
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K9SKY 2015-03-04 40m SSB EN52xa United States Bob La Cursia
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KK4HBA 2013-11-02 20m SSB EL87px United States Constantine Tassou
PA3GSU 2013-10-12 17m SSB JO33cf Netherlands IETSEN BOERSMA
KA9ZHY 2013-08-02 40m SSB EM68ea United States DANIEL J MARTIN
KP4EU 2013-03-03 10M USB FK68nk Puerto Rico ANGEL L SAAVEDRA DE JESUS
EA1WS 2013-03-03 10m SSB AA00aa Spain CARLOS J. GAZAPO GANCEDO
YY4DNN 2012-10-28 15m SSB FK50xd Venezuela Daniel Nunes Nu�ez
N3NVA 2012-10-14 40m SSB FN20it United States BARRY A VOGT
K1USA 2012-09-08 20M SSB EM37us United States Dale L Pruitt
K0DLP 2012-09-08 20m SSB EM37us United States Dale L Pruitt
KC2ZGW 2012-08-07 40m SSB FM29lu United States Mario G Assennato
K9DIG 2012-03-18 20m SSB EN17mt United States Nancy M Yoshida
KE3JP 2011-12-12 2m DSTAR EN91tk United States MICHAEL L MOWERY

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