From an early age, I have been fascinated by radio.  I used to go straight to the radio pages in the old Heath Kit catalogs.  Radio was the first technology to capture my attention, well before I noticed computers.  The thought that you can use a small box on a desk, and with no connecting wires, talk to somebody on the other side of the world is very compelling for me.

I was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1991.  I first passed by Novice test and received the call sign KB7NMU.  Two weeks later I passed my Technician test.  At the time, you still had to pass the 5 words per minute morse code test to hold a Novice license.  So yes, at some point, I learned morse code.  Then I forgot it.  I stayed at the technician level for over a decade, until I upgraded to General and got my first HF radio.

I currently own all Yaseu rigs.  I have an FT-817, FT-450, FT-8900, and a VX-5.

Check out the ARRL – The National Organization for Amateur Radio.

I’m also a member of the Radio Club of Tacoma, which has a really cool clubhouse and meetings twice a month (that I really need to get to more often).

More info soon.