HAM since 1993
Enjoy all modes, especially HF digital
Current Equipment: Ten Tec Orion with Ten Tec Hurcules II 550 Watt Amp. / TS-2000 with Signalink USB / IC-7200 with LDG tuner and Timewave DSP / Comet CHA-250B Vertical and Par EndFedz EF-Quad wire. HRD, WSJT-X, Winlink, EQSL, Lotw, QRZ
Work for the Air Force
Have small horse farm for recreation
Love days in the park with the radio
The picture below was taken 19 August 2014 at Keesler AFB Marina and Golf Course overlooking the bay.
Taken 6 September 14 Keesler AFB, MS
I wish I could say that I began my association with Ham Radio in my teens, but I didn't know any Amateurs or anyone that knew one. That didn't stop my interest in electronics from taking its course and I tinkered with electronics and CB radio (when you had to be licensed) until I joined the Air Force in 1975. I chose (you could do that) communications (328X0) as my career field and after basic training I was sent to Keesler AFB for school. I graduated as an Avionics Communications Specialist in February of 1976 and was subsequently stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL. However, during my stay at Keesler I found out that my new best friend was a Ham Radio operator. We didn't have a lot of time, but Keesler had a radio club at the time (K5TYP) and I joined as an associate member since I didn't have a license. That was my first brush with Ham Radio.
After arriving at my new duty station I ran into several people that tried in vain to peak my interest in the hobby. I even went to a couple of radio classes, but when they handed me a Morse Code key, I beat a hasty exit to the door. In 1981 I left the Air Force to attend college full time, but after graduation decided to return to the Air Force in 1984 and was subsequently stationed at Altus AFB, Oklahoma. There I met several more Hams and they all tried their best to get me into the hobby. The years went by and in early 1993, after unsuccessfully trying to turn CB radio into something useful, I asked a friend, who I'd forgotten was a Ham, what I could do. He said to throw the CB radio in the trash can and become a Ham.
In 1993 Radio Shack was selling a little HT called the HTX-202. It looked pretty cool to me at the time, so I bought it and started studying for my license. I was licensed in September of that year as a No Code Tech with the call sign KC5CYU. A month or two later I took the 5 wpm code test and upgraded to Tech Plus. Very shortly thereafter, I took the 13 wpm code test and the General/Advanced written test on the same night. I was issued my new call, KJ5WP. I was going to be content with that, but the guy who got me started in all this, K5QM (formerly WB5MMM) wasn't going to let me stop there. I received an early morning phone call one Saturday to let me know there was going to be a test session that afternoon and I'd better show up. I wasn't at all ready for the test, but surprised myself and passed the 20 wpm code test and after just one more try, the Extra Class written test in early 1994. I received the call sign AB5VX, but the vanity call sign system was getting off the ground at the time and I applied for and received N5VX and still hold that call today.
So, I haven't been a Ham since the spark gap radio was created, but I did just pass my 20 year mark and have been a devoted Ham Radio Operator. I'm a life member of the ARRL as is my wonderful wife Carole, AF5CT. I'm also a DEC and VE, an Emergency Management volunteer and Red Cross volunteer, as well as President of our local radio club, the Altus Area Amateur Radio Association and a member of the Altus Skywarn Association.
After almost 40 years, I still work for the Air Force in a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory which keeps me in touch with precision electronic equipment on an almost daily basis. I'm one of those lucky guys that got a job doing what I love.
73's to all and see you on the radio.
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