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My interest in amateur radio began when I was a young boy, and I still have the amateur radio book I bought from Radio Shack back then.  I finally studied the material (from a book with the new material) and finally took the test in 2011, and never actually thought I would key a mic.  I wanted the license because I was interested in the technology, and strangely, I really don't like talking on the radio.

As good fortune would have it I fell in with a group of hams who made up the Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society (http://silvercometars.com) and Paulding County ARES (http://pauldingares.com).   A finer bunch of Elmers there has never been!  I've learned a tremendous amount from these guys, and it is a great honor for me to serve our county's public service agencies with them.

I started out with "the only radio I will ever need" - a Yaesu VX-7R.   Not long after that came the first "only other radio I will ever need" - the FT8800 I have in my truck.   At this point I'm not willing to tell you how may "only other radios I will ever need" are sitting in my shack, but I can now do both D-STAR (VHF and UHF) and HF.   My HF antenna is an inverted V.  I'm amazed at what I can do with that simple piece of wire. 

My HF time has been pretty slim (remember, I don't like to talk on the radio) until about a month ago (as of this writing on 10/5/2014) when a good friend (K4ELI) got me interested.  It's been great fun making contacts with people all over the US and as far east as the Czech Republic and Ukraine.  Who knows where it will go from here!   So, thanks, Steve for getting me bitten by that bug.  When my wife asks why I'm spending so much money on envelopes and postage I'm going to tell her it's all your fault!









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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W4DTO
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K7BOA 2017-01-16 60m JT65 CN85pw United States Jared A Morrison
DF1VB 2017-01-16 60m JT65 JO31sk Germany Jochen Althoff
W8KER 2017-01-16 80m JT65 EM97ks United States KEITH E RICHMOND
KB0PPQ 2017-01-16 80m JT65 EM29od United States CARY T HOUCHINS
KF5GTX 2017-01-15 30m JT65 EM15fi United States Robert L Duncan
K0JV 2017-01-15 30m JT65 DN84ic United States Jerry K Van Vactor
NA1S 2017-01-02 80m JT65 FN31JP43 United States VINCENT A SOARES
KK4TSS 2016-12-30 80m JT65 EM78ce United States Christopher R Parrish
XE2JS 2016-12-27 20m JT65 DL68wq Mexico JULIAN SALAS
N4HID 2016-12-26 80m JT65 EM66sw United States WILLIAM E GANN
KC3OL 2016-12-25 40m JT65 EM28ix United States THEODORE S HOLDAHL
K7EV 2016-12-23 40m JT65 CN87ll United States HAROLD W JAMES
KE0N 2016-12-17 20m JT65 EN34JW37 United States ELIOT A RICCIARDELLI
W5LL 2016-12-17 30m JT65 EM23dp United States Lyndon M Patterson
CO8LY 2016-12-17 30m JT65 FL20ca Cuba Eduardo Somoano Cremati

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