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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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