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2014 Club Officers


Bill Heath
Amateur Extra


Bill's Amateur Radio Bio

Volunteer Examiner for ARRL

I got into Ham Radio rather late in my life, having been a ham for two years. I am now 75 years old and I want to spend a few years enjoying the fun and fellowship within the “ham” community.

I passed the Extra Class exam in November of 2012, but I've got a lot to learn!

I'm an Air Force veteran, having been retired since 1 Aug 83, after serving 26 years, achieving the enlisted rank of CMSgt. I served as an avionics technician on variuous aircraft radio systems for about 12 years. I also served as a PMEL technician for 3 years.

I attended several electronics schools that gave me a good background for the Amatuer Radio curricula. I cross-trained into Manpower Management in 1972 and spent the next 11 years as a management engineer. I worked a Civil Service (Air Force) job for 10 years in the manpower field.

I resigned from civil service in 1993 and have been active in my church, in various capacities since then. I even served as a church pastor for 2 years. I played a lot of golf for about 5 years, but got frustrated with it and quit in 2007. I am into woodworking, bicycling, and walking besides my interest in ham radio. I'm a member of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC) in Montgomery, Alabama. My HF rig is a FT450D (Yaesu) which serves my purpose quite well. I doubt that I'll ever get up to the more powerful rigs.

Vice President

Ken Brittin
Amateur Extra


Ken's Amateur Radio Bio

Volunteer Examiner for ARRL and CAVEC
Member Amateur Radio Relay League
Member Heart of Dixie Amateur Radio Society
Editor Zerobeat
MARC Webmaster

Dad bought me a Hallicrafters short wave receiver when I was about 12. We ran a wire antenna from an upstairs bedroom window to the garage. For years I enjoyed listening to stations from around the world and tried, unsuccessfully, to learn Morse code during a summer scout camp.

In the Air Force, I worked as a manager in mobile, tactical, and base communications (including the MARS station at Travis AFB) and electronics installations in the Pacific. After working as a programmer/analyst in the Air Force and as a contractor, I became interested in amateur radio again and was encouraged to learn that code was no longer a requirement.

In early 2011, I found the ARRL site for VE testing and tested for Technician at the East Alabama Radio Club in Auburn, The folks there told me about the Montgomery club, so I joined MARC and tested for General with CAVEC. When I was ready to test for Extra, the folks at the W4HOD (Heart of Dixie) club in Opelika asked me when I wanted to test and scheduled a test session for me.

My first HF rig is a used Kenwood TS-440S acquired from a club member; I also put together an Elecraft KX3 kit. I like my Yaesu HT but need to refer to the manual frequently.

There have been opportunities to provide communications support for events such as the Walk for Cancer and cycle runs. Field Days setup and operations have been most enjoyable especially with the great food. I have met many folks thru radio, both in person and on the air, and appreciate the contacts, friendships and associations.


Rick Cochran
Amateur Extra


Rick’s Amateur Radio Bio

Secretary Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
Member of Amateur Radio Relay League
Member of OMISS (Old Man International Sideband Society)
Volunteer Examiner for ARRL and CAVEC

My first interests in radio began in the 11 meter band, or CB as most people know it, back in the 70’s, and was licensed as KSQ5802. I mostly worked upper sideband and belonged to a group called “The Alabama Sideband Association.” It was a good organization with good clean family operating. It was quite unlike the current CB channels. I always had an interest in Amateur Radio but living in Selma, I didn’t know of any hams to get information or encouragement from, and the internet had yet to be invented.

In August of 2009 I retired on disability and found myself with too much time on my hands. With the internet available I searched for Amateur Radio clubs and found MARC. After visiting for a couple of meetings I signed up for one of Scott Poole’s classes. In April of 2010 I passed my Technician class License, and in May I earned my General, and in June I passed my Amateur Extra test.

Through Amateur radio I have made many new friends, both local and around the world. I strive to improve my skills and learn some electronics along the way. I have found that Amateur Radio operators are a good group of people, always offering help to those in need. Personally, I have only become able to operate HF due to the kindness of others, and I hope to eventually belong to that group of helping others in any way I can. Since retiring I didn’t want to be a couch potato and through Amateur Radio I have been able to stay active and continue learning new things, including a lot about weather reporting. I haven’t regretted it yet!


Lester Mack
Amateur Extra


Lester's Amateur Radio Bio
To Be Updated

Publicity Officer

Bruce Jenkins


Bruce's Amateur Radio Bio

Publicity Officer, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club 2007

I've been a "wanna be" ham since 1985. Even with the support of an outstanding electronics engineer--my Elmer during my military tour in Germany--I just couldn't make time to study for my license. Since 1995 I've been a listener via my Bearcat BC3000XLT scanner. Finally, after joining MARC in 2005 and receiving fresh inspiration, I passed my Technician and General class exams in 2006.

Being cost conscious, I am far from the leading edge when it comes to equipment: I'm currently using an old Yaesu FT-767GX for HF work, and a wonderful FT-727R "brick" on 2m. I've also inherited a nice FT-227R mobile 2m rig. Fancy, no--but they all work!

My primary interest is DX, and I have keen fascination with propagation, wave and antenna theory. I do have a special interest in our hobby's roots, though. During Field Day 2006 I was in awe of the proficiency of some of our club's brass pounders, and I have vowed to someday work CW with the best of them.


Jim Eiland
Amateur Extra


Jim's Amateur Radio Bio

Trustee, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club 2007 - 2009
ARRL & CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
National Weather Service Trained Storm Spotter
President Montgomery Amateur Radio Club - 1996
Recipient, MARC W4CNQ "Elmer" Award 1998
Former Alabama Emergency Net Golf (Net Manager)
Member, 10-Ten International Net: 64404
10-Ten International Net Inc. Countries Award
Member, International DX Association
eDX 100
FEMA IS-100/200/700/800a Certified

I was first licensed on April, 7, 1992 as a Technician Class Ham. Since that time I have achieved Amateur Extra Class.

I have Worked All States on 10, 15 and 20 meters, Worked All Zones, Worked All Continents, I have a designation of General in The Cradle of the Confederacy Net, and I am a member of the DX Century Club. I am an avid DXer even though I do not normally submit logs or enter the individual contests. I simply enjoy working them. My DX resume includes more than 9,000 contacts in over 317 countries, 310 of them are confirmed. My best DX contact was P5/4L4FN in North Korea.

As an Advanced Spotter with SkyWarn, I am very interested in weather phenomenon. I am a past Emergency Coordinator for Montgomery County, AL., have served as Hamfest Prize Coordinator and Admissions Coordinator, Field Day Chairman, By-Laws Committee, and have previously served as Club Trustee in the 1990's.

As you can see, Amateur Radio is not just a hobby, but a way of life.


Fred Springall
Amateur Extra


Fred's Amateur Radio Bio
Larry W4GLY-SK (previously WN4GLY and WA4GLY) got me interested in Amateur Radio back in Junior High. I was more into the electronics side than operator side and never quite got to Atlanta to take the amateur exam, but the interest was there.

After high school, I joined the Marine Corps (telephone/teletype/crypto technician) and spent a lot of time on HF and maintaining related equipment. This was before satellite communications became the normal method. I was with the 9th Communications Bn./Fleet Marine Force Pacific.

Next I joined the Alabama Army National Guard as a Radio Technician based out of Eufaula.

Then I joined the Naval Reserve (Radioman) and was an original member of the NEAT (Naval Embarked Advisory Team) which was a unit that provided HF/VHF/UHF communications and navigational support for merchant ships that hauled equipment for a Marine Corps Brigade (16,000 troops) worldwide. It was great duty and I felt like I was back home. I retired as a Chief Petty Officer (Radioman).

After retiring from the Naval Reserve, I served as the Communications Staff Officer with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

I got into the cable TV business in 1972 and transferred to Montgomery when Storer Cable Communications got the franchise for Montgomery. I was the Chief Technician and later Project Manager for Alabama and North Florida. I built or totally rebuilt 23 separate systems.

I went to work for the State of Alabama in 1989 with the Department of Corrections (at the radio shop with Lester AK4RU). I transferred to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in 1991 (located in Montgomery at that time). I was heavily involved with two-way communications systems, remote 911 centers, licensing, communications interoperability and on-scene disaster communications. I built out a 23 site UHF radio system for statewide coverage and several other remote sites. Along the way, we installed a complete amateur radio station at the SEOC (KF4LQK) and provided amateur equipment for the counties. I retired 2011 as the IT Section Chief.

I have a BS from Troy State University and hold a FCC Commercial License, with radar endorsement.

My original amateur call was KB4EGH and have held a Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra Class amateur license. I have been the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer with the Montgomery Club and look forward to serving as a Trustee.


Phil Salley
Amateur Extra




W4AP Trustee

Tim Moore
Amateur Extra


Tim's Amateur Radio Bio

W4AP Trustee, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
Former Vice President, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
Former Trustee, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
ARRL Technical Specialist, AL Section
ARRL HF and VHF Field Checker for QSL cards and WAS awards
ARRL & CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
Member, 10-Ten International: 10473

I was first licensed in 1987 in South Carolina as KB4YWI. But I did about 3 months of operating in the beginning of my Amateur career from the club station K5TYP at Keesler AFB, MS.

In a matter of just a few months after obtaining my initial Novice license, I upgraded to General. Then about one month later I upgraded to Advanced and changed my call to KK4TK. And not too many months after that, I upgraded to Amateur Extra. The code test for Extra was the only Amateur test I have ever taken I didn't pass the first time around. I got it on the second try.

Since all Extra class call signs of the 1x2 and 2x1 format were taken, I elected to keep my existing call at the time. In 1989 I went on temporary duty (TDY) with the Air Force to South Korea and obtained the call sign HL9TK for the short period of time I was there. Two years later in 1991, I was stationed at Osan AB , South Korea for a year. During that time I again held the call sign HL9TK and worked many, many enjoyable hours of HF DX operations. Working on "the other end of the pileup" was most rewarding and helped build valuable operating skills. During this time, I was able to get my code speed up into the high 30+ wpm. My wife, N4URO, acted as my QSL manager for the thousands of QSL cards flooding in from my DX operations. I worked several hours of HF every weekday, and countless more hours during the weekends!

Several years after returning to the states, the Vanity call sign program began. After a couple of years searching for a call sign I would want, I finally found a Vanity call sign I would like to have. I obtained K4TK and will keep this call for the rest of my ham career.

The aspect of amateur radio I derive the most satisfaction is working CW DX contests and “snagging” a new country. I have long ago obtained my DXCC and 5 Band DXCC awards. The only thing left to achieve is DX Honor Roll!

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