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Guess I was destined  to be in Ham Radio, One of my instructors in the Military Training school, told me I had too much intrest in electronics and wave propagation to waste it, that I should get my Ham License and have a good time too. But since I was already in radio repair(military trained) and was surely going to Viet-Nam, (1968) was not interested in Ham Radio at the time. Was worried about not getting shot! So got interested in Ham Radio when I got back home in one piece hi hi Have been licensed since 1974. But unable to be active, Due to working all the time.

Worked for TP/MP/UP Railroad, started out as Telegrapher, then moved up to switchman/Brakeman/Conductor,

Also, worked in Manitance of Way(working on the tracks), for about three years, during the time I was unable to work as switchman.

Worked in just about every part of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, During that time.

then was promoted to Locomotive Engineer, in 1989 and worked as Locomotive Engineer until retirement in 2013.

Can honestly say that GOD led me on that journey to teach me patience and perserverance.

But, after 43 years of working for the Railroad, I am glad to be done with that journey!

Now am finally retired, and trying to get back to the hobby I like the most , Ham Radio, visiting with old freinds, and meeting new friends.

Unfortunately, I had always heard that work has habit of interfering with Ham Radio.

Well, I was young, and did not beleive it!

Found out the hard way, Work will surely kill Ham Radio.

Plus had young kids and wife to support at the time.

Still have wife, (47 years), kids are all grown and gone.

Because of hectic schedule, had to be QRT for 35 years, so it's like I am learning all over again.

So, now I can spend all the time I want Hammin.....

Still using the old radios, and equiptment I had from1970's

Still works good, so do not see any need to upgrade.

73's and God Bless, hope to QSO with you on the Bands, soon

 

----------------------Update______________1/31/2014

All contacts will be sent to LOTW first, and will respond to all QSO confirmations in QRZ.

-------------------Update.....12/30/14......--------------------------------------

Retirement is great, Ham Radio is more fun than I can explain, have met many new friends, a few old friends, 

Completed my WAS Centennial States challenge, trying to decide which new Quest to start!...grin

The decision has too many possibilities, guess I will just have to pick one, and go from there!

Very next thing to do, write ARRL and my section manager, and thank them for the great contests they have produced for me to participate it, has been a blast, and great welcome back to Ham Radio! 

------------------Update------3/07/15----------

Finally earned my Extra today, Feel satisfied, Has been a long time coming!......Hooray!

Would like to say thanks to my Elmers, W5TOC(sk), WA5RUF(sk), K5TDA, and many others, cannot remember them all.

GOD Bless you all.

A Hearty Thank You for your support, during my formative years.

Thanks to your efforts, I will enjoy the Hobby for many years.

Hopefully, others will join the hobby, and I will be able to pass on my knowledge and enjoyment.

Update---------------5/5/15------------------

Have had so many complaints about previous picture, had to take it down.

Put old picture back up, till I can get a better one.

Update----------------------1-8-16------------------

Summer weather was not kind to my antenna, So I may be off the air off and on, during the good weather to tighten and tune

my vertical. Am also working on some other antennas as backups. ...See ya soon.

Update-----------------------6-1-16---------------------

Back on the air with HF antenna working good! Took a while to get tower built like I wanted it, but at least now I have the time to do it right!

Am having hard time resisting the urge to get new Radio.....But, Old one works great, so guess no new radio for me!....grin

Has been many years since I did my own welding and using cutting torch, guess that is another talent that gets rusty, until it is practised....So, tower I built looks pretty good, not my best work, but hey, it has been 35 years since I did that too!

never realized how much I missed being on the air, while I was off for testing and tuning, feels good to be back on the air.

-----------------update----------------6/29/16

Guess I was not aware, that ole faithful the Yaesu FT107, also figured it was time to take a vacation....

So, now have new rig, a Kenwood TS 590 SG...

yea,  was looking at this rig for a while, but could not justify the expense.

well, now have one.

will fix ole FT107 and use it for back up rig.

-------------------update------------6/23/17-----------------

Well i fought tooth and nail to stay away from digital modes, but to no avail. 

Thanks to my good friend W5LND, I was taunted into trying DStar, well I did, and I liked it, then, he pulled another rabbit out of his hat, said there is more, now try DMR, so I tried DMR(Brandmeister), and I like it too.\

So much that I normally monitor Talkgorup 3148 on Brandmeister. 

In doing so, am proving, you can teach an old dog new tricks!.....But I am enjoying it!

God Bless all that have the patience to teach me!

 

Bruce

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