In the late 60’s I was introduced to ham radio by a neighbor who lived a few houses down my street. I was very intrigued by what I both saw and heard. Then in 1974 I found an inexpensive way to get on the air.
It fit my shoestring budget perfectly and got me into two-way radio. Even though it was just 11 meter I rarely used the garbage channels and had a lot of productive use with this type of radio until the advent of the cell phone.
From 1974 until 1985 I was on the 11 meter solely using this system to communicate with a neighborhood patrol that involved the cities of Orem and Provo. The name of the organization was “People of Concern” or P.O.C. for short.
The organization comprised of 25 mobile radio’s and 6 base stations. Needless to say with this coverage we were able to help the police fight crime, reporting drunk drivers and giving aid to the broken down motorist.
Then in 1985 I started my own towing business. My two way radio experience at this time had included Air traffic, being a student pilot, and 900 MHz business band radio with a phone patch. We still used the CB in our tow trucks – the police still monitored channel 9 and we could get in touch with them right away if need be.
Then in May of 2010, fulfilling a call in my church as a Ward Emergency Communication Specialist I had to obtain my Ham Radio License. After passing my examination, the FCC granted me my Technician License on 21 May 2010. Just six months later I became a “General” on November 8th, 2010.
Presently, I am studying to become an Extra, but my time has been devoted to the 76’ers cause and I haven’t been able to study as I would have liked to.
My wife and I will have been married 29 years this September 3rd, 2011. We have a total of seven children with our youngest serving a mission in New Jersey / New York area. We presently are the grandparents to 10 grand-kids and expect that number to grow sometime since our four youngest haven’t been married yet.
It’s been an honor to get to know all the ham operators I’ve come in contact with. It feels like a special brotherhood and is just a awesome experience. We are hopeful that my XYL will become a ham this Fall. This is the plan anyways.
It has been great to be a part of everyone who is involved with the 76’ers. And I look forward with earnest expectations that the 76’ers will continue to grow and expand.
73’s to all ~ Stay safe and I’ll catch you on 146.760 MHz