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I was KD5ABM until my first license renewal. Upgrading to extra, I changed my call as well. I was active in the Austin Amateur Radio Club and Travis County ARES until my recent move to Llano. I am a member of the Roadrunners Microwave Group and a founder of the Broadband-Hamnet group. The group put up its first web site as hsmm-mesh.org but is now known as Broadband-Hamnet.org. At Austin Summerfest, 2013, I was appointed Special Services Assistant Director - Broadband Networks for the ARRL West Gulf Division by Director David Woolweaver, K5RAV.

Broadband-hamnet mesh networks are a microwave system for hams where consumer microwave WiFi gear is used for emergency and alternate communication networks. These mesh networks transfer data very quickly, and can replace existing computer networks in an emergency. They are being deployed in various locations across the country. You can use this method to provide quick to setup, portable computer networks. BBHN networks are very easily used for Field Day logging or networks + phone + computer logging at a DXpedition. In a networked logging situation, disconnects from the database due to Wi-Fi failures are eliminated. See broadband-hamnet.org for more details.

I am also a board member of the Texas Star Party and have attended every TSP since 1997. The star party has a permanent installation near Ft. Davis, Texas on the Prude Guest Ranch. The ranch is active year-round but our ham shack is only used during the TSP event. The ham group has a club call of W5TSP. Once a year in the spring or early summer, we take over the whole ranch for a week. There, 500-700 amateur astronomers do dark sky observing and astrophotography. Our ham group provides observing field power, camp communications, all A/V services for the presentations, music on a dedicated FM station, weather, an HF special event station and the largest Internet Cafe in West Texas. At a recent star party, 650 computers, phones and other network devices received Internet service during TSP.

In July 2016, we moved to Llano, TX and we are both fully retired. I can now have a larger ham shack and put up a tower.

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