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I was originally licensed as WA2ZHY in 1978 in New York City where I was born and raised. I moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area in 1993 and received the pool assigned call sign of KE4GWM. I finally found a vanity call sign I liked in 2000 and have been W4DTR ever since. I picked W4DTR as my vanity call sign for two reasons. First, being a computer geek, one of the indicator lights on the old style telephone modems was DTR which stood for Data Terminal Ready. Second, for several years I was on a co-ed company volleyball team where this one woman gave each of us nicknames. My assigned nickname was "Dave The Rave" and she always abbreviated it as DTR...

I started off with my Novice license by passing the Novice written and 5 WPM CW exams back in the late winter, early spring of 1978.  (Unfortunately I don't have my original license and I don't remember the exact date.)  I was a Novice for many years. I enjoyed the few operating priledges Novices were given, and I really enjoyed the added privledges when we were given voice privledges on 10M, 220 MHz and 1.2 GHz. In my opinion, the rush was not to upgrade your license class but rather to enjoy our wonderful hobby. It wasn't until 1991 that I passed the Technician written exam and upgraded to Technician which became effective on 23-April-1991. It took me about a year to get my CW speed up. Back then you only needed to pass a 13 WPM CW exam to upgrade from Technician to General. I passed the 13 WPM CW exam in 1992 and upgraded to General effective on 14-April-1992. It wasn't until several years later that I decided to upgrade again. By this time the Advanced class license exam was discontinued along with the 20 WPM CW exam for Amateur Extra.  I passed the Amateur Extra written exam and upgraded to Amateur Extra effective on 26-July-2005. The Conditional and Advanced class licenses are the only license classes I have never held.

A few months after upgrading to Amateur Extra, I decided I wanted to give back to the ham community so I became a Volunteer Examiner (VE). I am an active VE and I hold VE credentials from the ARRL, W5YI and LARC. (I became an LARC-VE at the Dayton Hamvention one year when they were short on VE's for their exam sessions.)

Over the years I have volunteered in many different ham radio roles. 

  • Early 1990's - New York Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club (HOSARC) Program Director, Activities Director, assistant newsletter editor, and assistant leader to Explorer Post 473 (sponsored by HOSARC)
  • 2005 - Became W5YI-VE, joined the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society's (GARS) VE team
  • 2006 to 2008 - GARS Activities/Program Manager
  • 2006 to 2013 - QCWA Chapter 49 Treasurer, Membership Manager
  • 2008 to 2010 - GARS Director
  • 2008 - GARS Field Day Computer Logging Captain in charge of LAN/computer setup, bonus points tracking, log submission for our 7A plus GOTA station site
  • 2008 to 2009 - GARS Elmer Chairman
  • 2009 to 2012 - GARS Assistant VE Team Leader (Co-CVE)
  • 2009 to Present - GARS VE Committee Chairman
  • 2010 to 2013 - GARS Membership Chairman
  • December 2011 - Awarded 2011 GARS Ham of the Year
  • 2012 to Present - GARS VE Team Leader (CVE)
  • 2016 - GARS Winter Field Day Chairman.  4 - HF stations (2-SSB, 1-CW, 1-PSK31).  1 - VHF/UHF station.  44+ members in attendance.
  • 2017 - Started Monthly Mentoring Workshop meeting with GARS.  Third Tuesday of every month (except December), doors open at 6:30pm, workshop starts at 7:00pm.  25+ members in attendance.

Currently my VE team administers around 15 exam sessions a year, and we examine around 120 applicants per year. I am very fortunately to have an excellent group of VE's who are always willing to help. My VE Team has over 30 members and we average around 8 VE's per exam session. In addition, my team greatly assists a neighboring club's ARRL exam team at their annual 2-day Hamfest in our local area where they examine around 40 applicants per year.

I am a proud life member of the ARRL, a proud life member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA), a proud life member of 10-10 International, a proud life member of the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) and a proud life member of Chapter 49 of QCWA. I am also a proud member of Gwinnett ARES.

Over the years I have owned a handful of radios, but I must admit that I am a die-hard Kenwood fan. I started with the TS-520S. Then I moved on to the TS-830S, TS-430S, TS-50S, TS-480S. Currently I have the TS-590S in the house and love it. I still have the TS-480S and plan to one day put it in my car. I have also owned a handful of 2M/440 MHz mobile radios (all Kenwood), and a bunch of HT's (mostly Kenwood, although most of the non Kenwood HT's I didn't keep long).

Over the years I have used many different modes including Phone, Packet, HF Packet, APRS, RTTY, AMTOR (does anyone actually still use this protocol?), PSK31, SSTV, and CW. Overall I would have to say that I enjoy Phone the most (although when Packet was at its peak, it was my favorite mode for a few years).

I enjoy working the contests, although I have never had a "contest" station. Participating with my club for Field Day and other group operating events is always a lot of fun too. I also enjoy working the public service events. Back in New York in the early 1990's, I participated a few times with HOSARC in providing communications during the New York City March of Dimes Walk America. Here in Atlanta, I enjoy participating with GARS in providing communications for the Dacula Memorial Day Parade each year since 2005. And, I also enjoy talking with all my friends on the local FM repeaters.

When I am not playing ham radio, I enjoy playing tennis, watching baseball, ice hockey and tennis events live and on TV. I am a die-hard New York Mets fan! I grew up watching Tom Seaver and have been hooked ever since. I am also a big science fiction fan. My favorite sci-fi shows are Doctor Who (the original 1963 series along with the 2005 reboot; my favorite doctor is Jon Pertwee), Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Star Trek (the original series along with all the sequels and movies), Stargate (original series along with all the sequels and movies), Farscape, Red Dwarf, Andromeda, Blake's 7, and Star Wars (all the movies and the two TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars: Rebels). I have been to several sci-fi conventions too, including one of the first Star Trek conventions held at the New York City Hilton back in the early 1970's. I also enjoy all the Marvel and DC Comics movies along with several American and British comedies and dramas.

Professionally, I am a mainframe computer programmer working on COBOL, CICS, VSAM, MVS and JCL. Currently I am working on banking applications, but I also have extensive prior experience on marketing and list maintenance applications. In my spare time I have written various applications including a web based membership system for GARS, having taught myself HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. At home I have a few windows computers along with several Linux computers. Linux rocks, but there are a few applications I like that are only available for Windows (like my logging program from N3FJP - great program and I won't give it up).

73 - Dave, W4DTR!

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