Introduction ~ KB7TDP Michael Searle (call sign chg’d to WE7AA/SK)

Born and raised on a dairy farm in American Fork. Got married in my senior year at age 17 and continued with high school until I graduated in 1964. Had 5 children and later got divorced. Married my second wife in 1987.

Worked in gas stations before and after high school until I started to work at Geneva Steel in 1965. Worked there until the shut down in 1986. Started school at Utah Valley Technical College in 1987 under the displaced steel workers program. Graduated in electronics 1989. I was offered a pension from US Steel (Geneva) in 1989 and I took it. Because of the pension I wasn’t able to make much money before it started cutting into the pension money. So I never did pursue the field of electronics. I instead took a part time job in my buddie’s (KB7UOG) auto mechanic shop as a mechanic. Worked there until 1997, then went into full time retirement. Had a heart attack in 1998 and had 3 stints put in.

Kind of started in ham radio back in the 1950’s. I had 4 uncles that were hams. Three of them were brothers and had a schedule every Saturday morning. I got a ham receiver (Halcrafter SX-99) and started listening to them. I started to get interested in it and started studying for the novice license. Never could get the morse code, so I lost interest.

Started in CB 1965 and it was great back then. Everyone had call numbers and belived in obeying the rules. In the 70’s, I had lots of CB friends that hung out on the same channel and belonged to a CB club in Utah County called the Circuit Breakers. A lot of these friends went on to become hams. The wife and I talked to each other on CB and continued into the 2 meter ham radio.

In 1993 I found out they had a no code Tech license available, so I studied and got the tech license. 1994 my wife got her no code tech. Lost interest around the year 2000 and let my license expire for a year before getting it renewed, thank goodness for the grace period. I found out sometime in the 2000’s that they dropped the morse code to 5 words a minute for all classes, so I tried to learn morse code again and failed, lost interest again. In 2009 I was approached by the LDS church to get involved with the ERC, this brought back the interest. I found out that the morse code had been dropped all together so guess what, back to studying. Passed the General and the Extra at the same time in November 2009.

I have several radios, 2  HF/VHF bases, 3 HF amplifiers including a legal limit 1,500 watt, 1 VHF amplifier, 1 HF/VHF/UHF mobile, 5 VHF mobiles, 2 VHF/UHF mobiles, one of these I use for base, 3 handie talkies and several antennas.

73’s to all

Mike KB7TDP

 

Introduction ~ KF7KGK L. Richard Heward

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

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Introduction – N7TOX

First, a little about myself. My name is Matthew Walker. I grew up in Sanpete County, and have had a long term interest in ham radio, but have never done well at learning morse code, which held me back as a kid. I grew up with a great interest in computers, math, and science, and ended up becoming a computer programmer. I specialize in web development, and do it both for my day job, and on the side as a contractor. I live in Springville now, with my wife, our 4 cats, and our assortment of computers and other electronics.

Finally, in 2010, something reminded me about ham radio. I don’t recall what. But I looked into it again, and was delighted to discover that the morse code requirements had been dropped. I quickly started studying and learning about it.

I got my General on April 23, 2010, and was assigned the callsign KF7JLF. I had studied for only the Technician, but when I was told I could take as many tests as I wanted for the one fee, I tested all the way up to Extra, which I failed with only 50% correct answers.

About a month later, I went back after having studied more and re-took the Extra, passing with 98%. I also applied for and received my vanity callsign, N7TOX. It’s several nerdy references in one. First, N7 is a Mass Effect reference, and the TOX refers to the handle I’ve used online since 1995, Utoxin. The avatar I created for myself plays off of the Mass Effect reference, by imitating the style of the game’s logo. I have a friend who works at Bioware, and he said they were flattered at the imitation, and thought I’d done a good job with it.

I was without a radio for several months, until late fall when I finally purchased my Yaesu FT-250 HT. So far, it’s my only radio, although N1CPU has very generously offered to sell me a used HF base station, an IC-756, for a great price. I’m now working to save up for the radio, and shopping for the other pieces I’ll need.

I joined the ’76ers on July 7, 2011, after having chatted with many of you for several months off and on. I plan on signing up for UARC as well soon, when finances allow. I really look forward to the net each week now, and created this site after suggesting it a week ago on the net.