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I'm pretty new to the HAM Radio hobby, just getting licensed in early November 2014 with my Technician class and then quickly upgraded to my General.  Initially considered getting my ticket because many of our local Jeep clubs was doing it, but what pushed me over was a good friend of mine KE4JR explaining all the other cool things to do with amateur radio.

Our Jeep clubs have started switching from CB radio over to Amateur radio due to the obvious benefits, with most of us going with HT units for on the trail and at events.  I believe over 150 of us have gotten our tickets since Sept. 2014.  

Current equipment list has grown a bit since the first HT's:

ICOM ID-880H Dual-Band + D-Star

ICOM ID-51A Plus HT - Dual Band + D-Star

Kenwood TM-D700A - Dual Band (in the shack) with a Diamond X50 up about 30'

Kenwood TS-2000 - HF on a homebrew End-Fed Sloper ~85ft. in length

(2) Baofeng UV5RA HT's (that started it all).  These are now in "Go" Bags

Aside from Jeeps, and now amateur radio -- I'm also an NRA Certiifed Instructor with Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, ML Pistol, ML Rifle, ML Shotgun & Range Safety Officer. Teaching safety and shooting is a passion -- I particularly love working with youth such as Boy Scouts teaching them to be safe and building a solid shooting foundation.

When I'm not doing that, I'm also involved with East Lake CERT,  the Pinellas County ACS/ARES group, and the Upper Pinellas Amateur Radio Club (www,w4afc.com) where I am President / Board Member.  

We love camping, and other outdoor activities as well.  You can normally find me monitoring the W4AFC (club) repeater system or the NI4CE repeater system. 


73, hope to meet and talk to you.






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