My younger brother (KE4DIS), had encouraged me for years to "get my ticket". He decided he would jump start my journey by giving me a Handheld 2 meter radio in January 2015. It worked... I passed the technician and general elements of the test on March 12th, 2015 and passed the Amatuer Extra a few weeks later.
My first time "on air" was on Field Day 2015 at my local radio club site. This was my first meeting with the local club members (DARC - Decatur Amatuer Radio Club) and I had such a good time that I stayed for the "midnight shift". My thanks to Lester (W5GSU), a very patient club member who walked me through the QSO and contest process.
My field day experience led to the purchase of an ICOM 7100 and multiple experiments with verticals and a horizontal (more or less) dipole.
I actually do more radio listening than talking and recently have discovered digital modes and have spent most of my radio time with BPSK 31.
I wish I had listened to my baby brother and became a HAM years ago but am looking forward to catching up. He is only several thousand QSL' S ahead of me but it's not a competition right?.......right?
Shack Setup: ICOM 7100... MFJ 993B tuner...43ft Vertical ant, 20M horizontal dipole at 35ft and radom wire endfed along with 2 meter J pole in attic. Ham Radio Deluxe software with generic desktop computer running Windows 7.
Memberships: ARRL, PODXS 070 Club Member 2271, Decatur Ametuer Radio Club-DARC.
Married 40+ years with 2 Children and 3 Grandchildren. I am retired due to cancer related health issues which led me to ham radio and music...
Hobbies: music-I play guitar, banjo, keyboard and harmonica. I have a violin and clarinet but not there yet.
I own a small farm with cows, goats and fish with a vegtable garden and 2 fruit trees. I am preparing for the Zombie, economic collaspe or EMP "end of the world as we know it". With my ham radios and a Faraday cage, I can coordinate a defense against the Zombie Hordes.
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