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I'm a 3rd generation HAM. My first exposure to amateur radio was listening to my father (WA8CZD) doing Dx, including contacts with my grandparents in Florida and listening across the bands during hurricane seasons to track the storms. Although I had a good grasp of electronic theory by my teens, my early attempts to learn CW ended up in frustration, and my dream of getting my license was put on the back burner for several years.

A friend of mine who had obtained his Technician's license rekindled my interest in HAM radio, and I decided to begin my studies again. After a couple of months of re-learning electronics theory, I passed my Technician's test, earning my first callsign, KD8CVM. Flying high on that success, I decided to give CW another try. After another 3 weeks of CW study, I passed both the CW and General class tests. In honor of my grandfather, Ty Huhtala (shown at his station in this 1951 photo), I adopted his callsign, W8AEZ, as my vanity call.

In the summer of 2012, I earned both my Extra class license and became an ARRL Volunteer Examiner. My club affiliations include the Southern Michigan Amateur Radio Society, Calhoun County Skywarn, and the ARRL.

My primary mode of operation is phone. I've also made numerous contacts via Echolink and I've brought it into my classroom to demonstrate amateur radio to my students plus allow them the opportunity to speak with other amateur radio operators (they especially enjoy the contact with foreign stations). Recently, I've renewed my interest in CW and once I've got my courage up, I'll try sending and see if I get a reply!

I've had the good fortune of attending the ARRL Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology and Remote Sensing and Data Gathering hosted by the Education & Technology. The Institutes' goal is to provide professional development opportunites for U.S. elementary through university teachers along with tools and guidance for incorporating radio science, robotics, and satellite technology in our classrooms. At the July 2014 session, I even had the opportunity to operate one of the studios at W100AW, making several contacts, including one with my uncle, N8ZH! (photo below)

 

Base station: Icom IC-756ProIII connected to a Buckmaster off-center fed dipole antenna strung from a tree in my backyard, inverted-V.  

Mobile operations: Yaesu FT-857D with a dual-band 2m/70cm Jetstream or Opek HF mobile vertical antenna; Yaesu VX-6R handheld.

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TM7U 2017-05-26 20m SSB France Francis Balcaen
S57DX 2017-05-25 20m SSB JN75DX Slovenia SLAVKO CELARC
KB4MRX 2017-05-25 10m SSB EL96ut United States David J Taylor
W9IMS 2017-05-25 40m SSB EM69wt United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club
S51DX 2017-04-05 20m SSB JN75dx Slovenia JANEZ CELARC
F6GOX 2017-03-18 20m SSB AA00aa France Laurent BEUGNET
NP2P 2017-03-18 20m SSB FK77pr US Virgin Islands VI-Japan
ED7R 2017-03-18 20m SSB Spain Pedro Rolando Ortega
W5WZ 2017-03-18 20m SSB EM32tl United States Scott H Dickson
K5IIA 2017-01-15 40m SSB EM50cj United States Brandon L Williams
N1CC 2016-12-25 20m SSB EM22gd United States JAMES F LAPORTA
VA3VMD 2016-09-15 40m SSB FN03IU05 Canada Vito DiPinto
W6H 2016-09-15 20m SSB CM97fa United States Bill Ripley KY5Q
VP8LP 2016-09-07 20m SSB GD18bh Falkland Islands Bob Mcleod
WA8CZD 2016-09-07 20m SSB EN72il United States FREDERIC L HALBERT

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