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My wife, Jan, and I were first licensed in 1971 as technicians.  At that time we lived in Denton, Texas.  My wife commuted daily to Fort Worth where she taught at a community college, and since this was before cell phones, we used 2 meter FM rigs at home and in our cars to keep in touch.  So that I could work her without using repeaters, I put up a 50 foot tower with a pair of 11 element Cushcrafts.  I also bought a used amp with a pair of 4CX250's and pretty soon I was talking to Oklahoma City and all over on 146.52.

 In 1974 we moved to the farm at Sanger, TX and I started getting serious about VHF.  In 1975 I built a transverter and made my first contact on 2 m SSB. I was still a tech and at that time we operated SSB at 145.100 MHz.  In 1979 my wife and I upgraded at the FCC Field office in Dallas, TX.  She to general (the 1st attempt) and me to advanced (after the 2nd attempt at the 13 WPM code test).

In 1981 I built a W6PO 8877 type amp and an EME array of 8 x16 element F9FT's, started chasing a WAS on 2 meters.  The first EME contact was a random with K1WHS on 14 FEB 81.   On 15 FEB 84, I made contact with K6MYC/KH6 on DXPetition to HI for state number 50. On 4 APR 84 I received 2m WAS certificate # 54 from ARRL.

In 1997 we sold the farm and moved to the Woodlands, near Houston, to be closer to our two daughters.  The Woodlands is not exactly friendly to Hams.  In 2003 I bought an IC-706mkIIG and put it in my SUV, and met Delbert (K5DDD) and Dennis (W5LSB) on the air.  They were a bad influence on me and one thing led to another until I put up a remote base station in 2005 (See update about the remote base on the remote base navigation link). On 22 APR 06 I finally upgraded to extra. I suppose it was an ego thing, since I rarely get on HF
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