KK6GXG is my FCC issued Amateur Radio Service station/operator license and callsign. My Technician license was issued in 2013 on October 17th, General on March 18th, 2014 and finally Amateur Extra on June 9th, 2014
I had been interested in being a 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 in 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.
One of the things I was looking forward too when we moved from California to Oregon was space for antennas. I was also planning on eventually getting involved with ARES®, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service set up and managed by the ARRL. What I wasn’t expecting was to get tapped as the ARES® Emergency Coordinator for the county.
Working with the local club to maintain infrastructure was already an interest but being the EC meant getting even deeper into technical and logistical aspects of rooftop and mountain top work parties.
Getting into the service side of things also motivated me to develop skills in Packet, APRS, and now LoRA and microwave IP networking for EmComm.
Putting It All Together
Ultimately, for me at least, amateur radio is about life-long learning and mentoring. It’s not a commitment to a particular path, technology, or even organization. It is about keeping the neurons firing, keeping engaged, in something, anything. This is one of the reasons ham radio is such an amazing hobby, it has so many different possibilities and they are always expanding.