New guy on the air-waves - Introduction
n4bvo at yahoo.com
Fri May 11 06:52:19 PDT 2012
My name is Bob and I live in Zephyrhills. I am new to amateur radio having recieved my Tech license in Sept. 2011. I contacted (LARC)Patrick,KI4CDY in Feb to take the General exam. On March 6th I aced the exam and shortly there after applied for a vanity call sign. During my working career my friends always called me by my initials and finding the call n4BVO available, I ask for it.
After 4 years and a couple of months in the Navy I attended Tampa Technical Institute and came away with a degree in Electronic Communication in 1971. I took the FCC exam and obtained a license, but never used it, and it has long since expired.
I have worked as an electrician doing residential, commercial, and finally on into the industrial field. I also worked for Motorola, in Ft. Lauderdale, Lykes Pasco in Dade City, and finally a 28 year hitch with C. F. Industries just South of Zephyrhills.
My interest in amateur radio was sparked by an article I read where a group in California adapted VHF & UHF radio to the communication system on their motorcycles. At last, something to take the place of CB. I have the interface to add a dual band to my GoldWing, but the wiring is still a work in progress.
I have attended 3 of the LARC meetings and I like that the club is 'year round', and not just seasonal. My app and dues are in the mail.
Two trips to the HamCation, Orlando in February was a costly one for me, but I now have a decent station that should last for many years. PSK-31 is my mode of choice for the time being. I hope to participate in the LARC 2012 Field Day where I expect to learn a lot. Also having fun on the 2X2 RagChew most every afternoon. Charlie, KI4CRI, does a great job and topics for discussion are endless.
Just think, in 20 years or so, I may be one of the 'old timers'.
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