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Amateur Radio Background

I first became licensed as WN5VMZ in 1976 at the age of 15. A few months later I was issued WB5VMZ when the FCC discontinued the practice of using "WN" prefixes to denote Novice class licensees. Four years later I was issued callsign KE5V when I upgraded to Extra class. In 1996 I changed my callsign to W5FGD which was previously held by my "elmer" - JB Hopkins of Houston, Texas - who became a silent key in 1985. My current callsign was issued on 3-7-09.

Home Station Equipment

At this time my primary HF station consists of a Kenwood TS-830s and a Kenwood TL-922A  amplifier. However, I often use other rigs from my collection of old Kenwood hybrids or tube-type equipment. My HF antenna system consists of an 80 meter inverted vee center fed with window line and an MFJ-962D tuner.

Mobile Station Equipment

I also enjoy mobile HF operation... The mobile HF setup consists of a Kenwood TS-480HX and separate Hamstick mobile antennas for each band.

APRS Activity

I also enjoy operating mobile APRS on trips between my home QTH and my original stompin' grounds in Northeast Arkansas where I operate a Digipeater near Cash, Arkansas. I also provide APRS igate service in the area around my home QTH.

Interests

  • Radio related - HF amplifier construction
  • Non-radio related - Jeep restoration... and keeping an old Chinese tractor running.

Occupation

I have been a career firefighter since 1981. For 23.5 years I served in the ranks of the Jonesboro, Arkansas Fire Department. In 2005 I retired as Fire Chief from JFD and relocated to Ponca City, Oklahoma to become Fire Chief of the Ponca City Fire Department where I am currently employed.

Academics

Alumni - Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Go Red Wolves...!!!

  • BSE Social Science
  • Masters of Public Adminstration

73's... Butch

 

 

 

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