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Hi, I'm Stu.  Only my mother and the FCC call me Stuart. 

I remember my dad sitting in his den when I was young, calling CQ for what seemed like hours on end most nights.  Come to think of it, it probably was hours on end, but I'll never know.  I always got hustled off to bed long before he finished for the night. I guess the bug bit me back then, but it took almost 40 years for the fever to set in.  I know he got his start in the CB craze of the 70's, and of course I've had a CB in just about every vehicle I've owned at one point or another.  As an avid Jeeper and Rock Crawler, we use them to this day to keep in touch with each other on the trails.

I read a post in one of the off road forums that I frequent that talked about ham radio usage gaining traction (pun intended) with off roaders, so I decided to revisit the hobby I knew a little about.  I stumbled across a video on YouTube of Randy (K7AGE) and thoroughly enjoyed it, and followed that one up by watching almost his entire catalog of videos.  Once I was done with his, I caught a few from David (KF7ETX), and the excitement of a few ISS contacts in his videos was contagious!!  Another Video Elmer of mine is a hometown guy, Larry (WD0AKX).  If you haven't watched these guys' videos on YouTube yet...quit reading this mess and go watch!!! 

In my thirst for knowledge and now taking Technician Practice exams on a phone app any chance I got, I stumbled across Ham Nation.  Yeah, that pretty much sealed the deal.  Being a bit of a completionist, I started at Episode 1, and have been slowly working my way up to the end, watching or listening to every one.  I've also watched the current ones as they come out.  I can't begin to explain how much these folks (Bob Heil, Gordo, George, Don, etc) have taught me and continue to teach me weekly. 

I sat down for my Technician exam on May 14th, received my call on May 19th, 2016.  Since then I've been slowly working up the courage to get on the air, starting out with some local repeater contacts and nets, and some 6m and 10m stuff since I picked up my Icom 7300.  I passed my Element 3 General Exam on July 25th, 2016, and have begun studying for the Extra.

My current Station is the aforementioned Icom IC-7300, running into either a 6m horizontal dipole, or a 20m inverted vee, both homebrewed and both at about 20 feet. I also have a Yaesu FT-8900 quad bander going into a 2m vertical dipole for working the local 2m repeaters.  In my truck I have a Yaesu FT-2900.  I'm seriously considering swapping the Yaesus around since all I ever use the shack rig for is 2M. 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W0WTF
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dedateband mode grid Country op
K3JYD 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FM09 United States FLETCHER P VEITCH, III
KN4G 2017-10-20 40m FT8 EM64 United States Jonathan G Majors
N2MWX 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FM29 United States DENNIS S BALLANCE
KA2RQR 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FN23 United States DANIEL H ABBIS
NU1O 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FN32 United States CHRISTOPHER J SCIBELLI
VK2LAW 2017-10-20 40m FT8 QF56 Australia Jason
K6ME 2017-10-20 40m FT8 CN90 United States TERRY L COBB
WA0IDK 2017-10-20 40m FT8 EN35 United States James J Karpinski
W4CHI 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FM05br United States Ronald T Barber
K5CVD 2017-10-20 40m FT8 EM93 United States Gregory W Godsey
N4KP 2017-10-20 40m FT8 EM84 United States FRANK C CHARPIAT, JR
KF4ZTC 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FM15 United States STEVEN B LETCHWORTH
VA3TPS 2017-10-20 40m FT8 FN04 Canada Steve McEdwards
KF7TLL 2017-10-20 40m FT8 DM34wb United States Bruce D Daugherty
N5VX 2017-10-19 40m FT8 EM04 United States DALE R TOWN

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