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  • Amateur Radio - Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams," use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training.
    I was first licensed back in April 1990 as a novice. My callsign was KB8JND. Orville "Doc" Russell - N8IBS (sk), and Wanda Cutlip KE8RV (sk) were the members of the Madison Amateur Radio Club that gave me my first test at the county airport. I took my Technician test at Otterbein College in May 1990. I got away from amateur radio for about 10 years between 1995 and 2005. I remained a Technician Plus until June 2006 when I passed my General test. Then I began using PSK, and SSTV. I really love PSK and can be found on 20 meters almost daily. If you like you can visit the eQSL card section and see some of the QSL cards that I have received from people that I have contacted over the amateur radio. Now on November 11, 2006 after several months of studying and taking practice test. I went and passed my Amateur Extra license exam. No more license test!


  • Computers - I have been messing around on computers since 1991 when I got involved with amateur radio. I have done every thing from build and upgrading computers, to running my own dialup online service (BBS) from 1991 to 1997. I took my Microsoft A+ Certification course in 2002. I use to be a dos junkie. I loved it, and it took me until Windows 98 came out with all the great graphics and software that we no longer supported in dos to switch to Windows operating system.


  • Pets - I have four cats. A BIG grey cat named Smokey, a.k.a. "Fat Cat".   I also have a Ball Python named Nikki that is about 4 feet long. Nikki guards the ham shack.


This page was last updated on  19 Sep 2011