The Basics

KK6GXG is my FCC issued Amateur Radio Service station/operator license and callsign. My Technician license was issued on October 17th 2013, then General on March 18th, and finally Amateur Extra which was issued on June 9th 2014.

I had been interested in being a ham radio guy since the early 80s when a friend showed me his dad’s ham shack. The thought of being able to communicate with people around the world, and in space, from a relatively simple private radio station had me hooked.

I Finally Did It

There are a number of things that motivated me to finally get off my butt and earn my license; a desire to live off-grid, for personal and emergency communications, to educate myself in an area beneficial to my vocation (aviation), to continue learning new things, to have a focus in DIY electronics… The list really does go on and on.

I am here for fun, playing with gadgets, and building neat stuff, but I am also here to give back, to teach, mentor, and to serve my community. A way that an old fart who is not gettn’ any younger can continue to be of service for a long time to come, The Amateur Radio Service.

Another Step Along The Road

Along with my amateur radio goals, I also set some goals for commercial radio licensing. Step one was getting my General Radiotelephone Operator’s license. Step two is getting my RADAR endorsement. Someday I would also like to add a Radiotelegraph license as well.

Step one completed, my commercial license PG00049804 was issued on 10/23/2015. Still in progress on step two and beyond. 🙂

Pigs Do Fly

My other major interest in life is aviation. I hold a commercial pilot certificate, a remote pilot certificate, a ground instructor certificate, an aircraft mechanic certificate, and I am an Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor. I have been involved with experimental aircraft for over 10 years, it’s one of the reasons I became a licensed A&P mechanic. At present, building an airplane is not a practical option. But as always in life, the wheel turns and things change. I hope to someday soon(ish)  get back to serious forward movement on an aircraft build project.

Experimenting, EmComm, & Relay