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I enjoy Boy Scouts, teIn June 2015 while studying for my general class license my dad KB5ZIM surprised me with a trip to HamComm in Dallas! For me it was mostly a scouting activity, even earning my radio merit badge!  Many thanks to the Dallas team that coordinated the event.  Got a chance to sneak in a photo with WB6NOA Gordynnis, playing the trombone, fishing, camping, martial arts, swimming, pottery, Call of Duty on PS3, my dogs, and Ham Radio.  I am in AP classes, so I get homework assignments over summer vacation.  My dogs are named Katie and Perry. Doodles...  our bunny,  and I help take care of six chickens.  I also have a younger sister who does not yet share in the excitement of ham radio.  

I earned my Technician license when I was 11 in 2013,  and passed the General Exam in October of 2015.    In June 2015 while studying for my general class license my dad KK5MT surprised me with a trip to HamComm in Dallas! For me it was mostly a scouting activity, even earning my radio merit badge!  Many thanks to the Dallas team that coordianted the event.  Got a chance to sneak in a photo with WB6NOA "Gordo".  W9IAN age 13 @ HamComm 2013 - I really should have worn my scout uniform!

 In 2015,  I was 13 and had the fantastic honor of being on the radio crew aboard the USS Batfish a WWII champion submarine during Museum Ships Weekend.  The pile-ups never  ended!  It truly was the most fun I have ever had in my life!  I want to thank everyone that tried  to make contact with 310 the USS Batfish MSW 2015 for making it an event that I will  remember forever.  I really did try to make a contact with each and every station I could hear.    My splash picture is  me working a pileup from the galley of the sub during the 2015 MSW. 

 Some of the sub crew that was still standing on Sunday  morning, L-R KC5CYY Paul, Jackie,  N7UR John,  W9IAN Ian, 13 in 2015, and KK5MT David.

On a return trip to the USS Batfish for the Independence Day - 13 Colonies Special Event of 2015,  I made contact  with all the event stations for a "clean sweep" for both the USS Batfish WW2SUB and the USS Oklahoma WW2OK.  Completing  that event is something I will never forget.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Batfish again as part of the crew for the 2016 Museum Ships Weekend Special Event where I was able to spend all the time I wanted inside the ship making worldwide contacts for the Batfish and The USS Oklahoma Memorial.  I have made many friends at the Muskogee War Memorial Park and hope to visit many times more but the skills I have learned handling extreme radio traffic is the icing on the cake.

This next picture is from the overnight hours at Field Day 2015 in Wichita Falls, TX.  We used a Buckmaster OCF antenna with a Kenwood TS-480SAT on generator power.

Tom KE5ASA giving instructions at his station during the "Hotter'n Hell Hundred" bicycle race.

Pual KC5CYY  is logging my contacts during the 13 Colonies Special Event.  He is my coach who has generously given countless hours of his time working with me and taught me how much fun Amateur Radio has to offer.


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