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I can't remember when I wasn't crazy about trains and radios. A native of Houston, TX "Where Seventeen Railroads Meet the Sea"(in years past.) When I found out I could listen to the train radio traffic by installing the proper crystals in scanning radios, I was off on a new branch of my lifelong hobby. In 1984 I purchased a railroad track speeder. They're also known as putt-putt cars due to the sound made by the two stroke engines powering them. After restoring the machine to running order my efforts to find a place to run it brought me to join the National Railway Historical Society's Gulf Coast Chapter in Houston. Since then my wife and I ride our own railroad car at various group sponsored events (only with complete permission) wherever we can.

As a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter, N.R.H.S. I explored several venues to implement a railfan radio communications system. Checking in to Ham Radio, I found I already knew enough to pass a no-code tech exam. Licensed in 1993 as KC5AHZ I was hooked. In May of '95 I acquired the KK5OL call as an advanced class op. My interests in Railroad Telegraph led me to upgrade in Feb. 2000. RailNet Houston eventually came on the air utilizing a UHF business band repeater and is active with about 20 regular users. My wife and I currently enjoy rail travel throughout North America every chance we get.

I like to work 6m and 10M when they're open. Otherwise you're likely to find me anywhere my Extra Class license allows me working cw or phone. E-mail me at KK5OL@JUNO.COM

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