Welcome to my personal amateur radio website, where I write about my experiences, knowledge, and other things. It’s great to have you here! In a pretty short time, I hope that this place will bring you lots of helpful information… or, at least the knowledge of avoiding any of my mistakes. One thing that the internet is great for is allowing us to learn from other people’s mistakes.
I have recently got back into amateur radio, after taking a pretty long break. I got my first ticket back in 1997 (KCØASM) and for some reason, I let it expire in 2007. I decided that I’m ready to get back into it, and I think I’m going in with both feet. I got my second Technician license on August 26, 2016 (with the call sign KEØKEC), and my Extra in March, 2017. On May 2, 2017, I was granted the vanity call sign KØAGM, and switched my website over to the current URL.
I have been interested in radio for as long as I can remember. The thing that really boosted my interest was when I was 17 years old and my dad brought home a CB radio, a 1KW amplifier, and Starduster antenna. At the time, I didn’t realize how illegal it was to have such a base station, but the experience that I got and the contacts that I made simply fueled the fire even more.
I didn’t realize until many years later how much my father knew about radio, and the ability to get such a powerful (albeit illegal) radio on the air and sounding as good as it did. I also wondered why he never actually got an amateur radio license so he could dive into the hobby even more. I never got the chance to ask him, and I never will, but he did spark my interest, and for that I am grateful.
Before that, when I was somewhere around 7 to 9 years old, I remember my step father trying to learn Morse Code. He’d listen to the tapes and I’d hear all the dots and dashes, but I never really knew, at the time, what it was. He used to buy things from Heathkit and build other electronic things all the time. At that age, I just wasn’t that “into it”, though. I would have rather been outside, playing in the woods and getting dirty. He never actually got his ticket. Some people can “get” Morse Code, and some can’t. Back then, it was needed, but he never mastered it.
At this time, my interest in the hobby is mainly in antenna building, AMSAT, and moonbounce. Although those are “interests”, I haven’t actually built any antennas, heard any amateur satellites, or played with bouncing signals off the moon. I hope to, soon, though. I’m sure that those interests will change with time, since there’s a wide array of different things to get interested in, with this hobby.
I’ll be using this site for updates, contacts, and overall general information about what I’m doing. Keep an eye on the blog section of this website for irregular updates.