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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