am a critter who has had an interest and has had a strength in electronics
for many, many years. I actually started the adventure to
be a HAM operator about 1978 or 1979. I even helped organize
a group of people to drive 30 miles one way weekly just
to practice the Morse Code. That was way back when you had
to be able to send and receive code at a certain speed to
get your first ticket, or amateur license. When the FCC gave
the option of whether or not to take the code test to get
your first license I could not mentally get past the thought
of someday having to learn the code. I finally decided it
was time before I died to getter done. I located a local
HAM class, attended, and passed the first test with no difficulties.
I was officially a HAM operator. That was May of 2006. The
hobby had changed greatly. Most equipment is now purchased
completed, compared to when I started this adventure, most
equipment was built by the operator as part of the hobby.
The price of new radio equipment almost gave me a heart attack,
if I had one according to most people! I upgraded to General in June of 2007!
would I finally decide to finish something I started well over
twenty-five years ago? I still have a great interest in electronics,
going from radios to computers and now back to radios and
communications. My primary interest has always been weather
motivated. I love tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. I am
not afraid of them, but I do have an enormous amount of respect
for them. I use to chase storms with family
radios we had in all vehicles many, many years ago. My family's house had a large
basement that was the neighborhood storm shelter when the
weather was bad. This was back when you did not have to lock
you house doors or windows at night, or when you left the
have had the opportunity to do many things in my long life.
Crisis situations have been an area in which I have excelled,
as for a period of time I was usually the one who set up or
caused the crisis for someone. I know how and what to do to
start them and continue to control them to achieve a goal, therefore I also know how to resolve them. I have
been well trained over the years by my association with certain
persons. I am an educator by trade, so I have been able to
put many of my skills to good use.
eldest daughter and I decided to take the training the Southern
Baptist Convention Disaster Relief group gave in early 2006,
this finished my waiting time to become a HAM. I was trained
in crisis food preparation and serving as well as water purification.
Some survival skills I had learned many years ago, but now
I am "updated". When the training was completed,
I decided I did not really want to be cooking for large groups
of people in disaster situations, but would rather be involved
in communications and search and rescue. Therefore, obtaining
a HAM license became very important.
that is about all I can tell you! There are plenty of other
stories, but who would want to hear wisdom from a University
of Oklahoma Graduate School grad, who is a University of Texas
fan? Hookem' Horns! And keep your eyes toward the sky.
The Dark Side
The Educator view, the public side.