I became interested in ham radio as kid when I was around 10 years old. My first exposure to ham radio was via my next door neighbor who always seemed to be tinkering with radios. He explained the basics to me and I spent many a night in his garage listening to him talk to people all over the world. To this day I can unfortunately not remember his call.
As time passed by I acted like a typical kid and lost interest in ham radio. Fast forward about 24 years later and I found myself in the Midwest with a renewed interest in ham radio. Time again got in my way and I sound moved to northern VA where I became serious about finally getting my license.
I took the Technician's test at the Richmond Frostfest in February 2016 and finally got my ticket. As am homage to my renewed interest in ham radio being sparked by my recent move from the midwest I opted for a vanity call of K0ABN - K0 for the area and ABN for Airborne!
I have been studying to get my HF privileges and hope to test this summer.
For antennas I use a DIAMOND X50Abasestation antenna that is temporary on a pole off the backside of my back deck, along with an Ed Fong try-band that I have hanging from a tall tree.
For portable ops I use an N9TAX SlimJimand could not be happier with its performance. My first Wires-X contact was using my FT-991 and the SlimJim hanging from the fire sprinkler in my hotel room while on a business trip to Los Angeles. Needless to say I was very excited and hooked on C4FM.