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A little about me....

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

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