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The picture was made during 2012 Field Day at Tupelo, MS operating for the Tupelo Amateur Radio Club. Danny Grimes, KB5YJG (left) and I are operating the SSB station. We made numerous contacts and had a great time with ham radio.

I was born in 1944 and was always interested in Morse Code. I built a crystal receiver as a kid and was amazed that the thing worked. I got my first ham ticket in 1963 as a Novice, WN5IDA and after a year, it expired before I got motivated to upgrade to General. I joined the Mississippi National Guard in 1966 and entered Radio Operator's Course at Fort Ord, CA in 1967 to 'learn' the Morse Code. I remained in the Guard for 24 years. I reached the rank of SFC, Platoon Sergeant and retired in 1990.

I was licensed WA5TEF in 1967 and have retained that callsign all these years I upgraded to Extra about 15 years ago. I am active in SKYWARN and I am part owner of the Booneville Repeater Owner's Association and a member of the Tupelo, MS Amateur Radio Club. I use an Icom ID-880H for VHF and UHF and also DSTAR and a Yaesu FTdx-1200 for HF and six meters. . For QRP work on forty meters, I use an MFJ-9240 with matching tuner and SWR bridge. I hope to use the unit to go hilltopping soon. I use mostly double bazooka antennas for the lower bands and an MFJ-1798 all band vertical for the higher frequencies. I recently added a K4KIO HexBeam I am currently working on DX and trying to run up my country total.  I have also taken an interest in QRP work and have made several contacts with my little rig. Look for me on 7.013 MHz..

My latest venture is into DSTAR.  I purchased an Icom ID-880 and am learning my way around the DSTAR repeaters and reflectors. 

I am now the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Lee County, MS.


I have recently added my Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station to the internet.  It is currently reporting to Weather Underground and the link to this site is http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=Saltillo%2C+MS

My wife Betty got her ticket in 1993 as KC5EYB and is helpful during severe weather in our area. My son Mike, KE5HJO and his family lives in Conyers, GA. My other son, Jason, also got his license a few weeks later and is now KE5HZG and is working on his upgrade. Both are an ARRL members and are enjoying Ham Radio.

In 2008, I leased a T1 line and installed a wireless area network for my neighborhood. We are unable to get broadband internet out here so this was a challenge and a learning experience. Just recently I switched from the T1 to a 5.8 GHz feed at a lot faster speed. I would like to hear from any other hams who have setup a similar network.



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