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2013 Club Officers
Randy's Amateur Radio Bio
To Be Updated
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|John's Amateur Radio Bio |
To Be Updated
| |Secretary | |
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!
| |Treasurer | |
| To Be Updated |
| |Publicity Officer | |
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.
| |Trustee | |
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
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.
| |Trustee | |
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
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.
| |Trustee | |
| |Trustee | |
| |W4AP Trustee | |
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!