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My story is a common one. Ham Radio was always a childhood dream of mine, fueled by a relative who was a ham operator (W1GQP - now a SK). He gave me an old Gonset receiver and I thought I was in heaven. Later, I got the support and encouragement from a good friend now living in the Orlando, FL area. In the late 1980's, I finally decided that enough is enough, took my Tech written test and the 5wpm code test and recieved my Tech Plus license.

After a few years, I put ham radio on the back burner to spend more time with my family, raise 3 wonderful daughters and spend the time required to do my job.

Several years after earning my Tech+ license, retiring from my law enforcement career and now that my kids are all grown and living on their own, I found the time I needed to study for and upgrade to my General Class and then Extra Class licenses. Thanks to Gordon West and his books and audio CD's, I was able to pass both tests without a problem. It was almost like having Gordo in the car with me as I drove back and forth to work each day. The average study time for each upgrade was about 1 month. I highly recommend the Gordon West study material and especially the audio CD set if you do a lot of driving. I am also a certified VE with both ARRL and W5YI.

Of all my ham radio activities, I really enjoy getting new comers interested in ham radio. I enjoy helping them study for their exams and helping them to understand the test questions rather than just memorizing an answer. I also work with a local Boy Scout troop to help them earn their Radio badge. I also enjoy working on antennas and try to figure out a way to make them work better. In my book, the antenna is one of the focal points to having a good clean, strong signal.

My interests include HF, VHF (FM and SSB), Digital Modes, Satellite work, Foxhunting, building antennas, building projects and equipment (I miss Heathkit!) and much more.

BTW, in case you are wondering, I am a strong believer that morse code should still be a requirement to get a ham radio license. Even if it were only 5wpm, ham radio operators should at least be familier with the code just in case they should ever need to use it. Having said that, I also respect the rule changes made by the FCC regarding the code requirements and I welcome all the new ham operators who never got their license due to the code requirements. If it wasn't for the no code change,several friends of mine would have never gotten their ham radio license.

Changed my callsign from N4WQF to N4EST on May 24, 2011. Needed a change from the tongue twister.

I am a member of the Sun Country Amateur Radio Society in Ocala, FL. Our repeater is open to all at 146.970Mhz (no tone).

QSL prefered is direct. No SASE needed if you live in the US. If I get one from you, I will return the favor! I also do Logbook of the World, HRDLog and eQSL.cc (AG).

73's and hope to hear you on the air.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N4EST
Latest Contacts for N4EST at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K0RUS 2013-09-02 15m MFSK16 DM79mo United States TIMOTHY G RUSSELL
N7MNK 2012-10-07 20M PSK31 DN18wq United States ARTHUR O PUTNAM
K5HLH 2012-10-07 20M PSK31 DM65bf United States HARRY L HALL
W7JSD 2012-10-07 20M PSK31 DM41um United States John S Downey
K5HLH 2012-10-06 20m PSK31 DM65bf United States Harry
N8LAH 2012-10-06 20m PSK31 EN83da United States GERALD V REIGLE, JR
K1USA 2012-09-10 20M SSB EM37us United States Dale L Pruitt
K0DLP 2012-09-10 20m SSB EM37us United States Dale L Pruitt
ZL2IFB 2012-08-05 10m PSK31 RF80hl New Zealand Gary Hinson
EA7AHG 2012-08-05 15m PSK31 IM87ef Spain Francisco Andrĉs Garcča Martčnez
KC2MIB 2012-08-04 40m SSB FM14jq United States COURTNEY A WILLIAMS
3G90AA 2012-07-15 15m PSK63 FF46qm Antarctica Radio Club De Chile 90 Years Of Radio In Chile!
N9H 2012-07-15 20m PSK31 FN3Øar United States Hope Number Nine Special Event
PY3CM 2012-07-15 15m SSB GF49jx Brazil Clube de Radioamadores Col�gio Militar de Porto Alegre
PY3CM 2012-07-15 15m PSK31 GF49jx Brazil Clube De Radioamadores Colĉgio Militar De Porto Alegre

Book Totals: 140 qso's   52 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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