Currently living in Aiken, SC USA.
Born, raised and first licensed in Texas (explaining the "5" call in the callsign), Kevin is currently living in Aiken, SC USA.
Oct. 10, 1989 -KB5KSZ- Novice
July 3, 1990 -N5PRE- Tech Plus
Jan. 10, 2009 -N5PRE- General
March 21, 2009 -N5PRE- Extra
Although he probably didn't realize it, a Longview Texas (now silent key) operator, W5HDK, Ben F. Relf had a signifigant role in elmering me. I worked at a grocery store in Longview in the mid 1970's and Ben's wife shopped at the Brookshires store where I was a sacker. One day, I took her groceries out to her car and noticed the big antenna and ham radio license plate. She suggested I should come out to the lake house some time and visit her husband at his shack. I did. Ben had an amazing QSL card collection and a very nice radio room. I was amazed at the contacts he had made with cards filling at least a few dozen card catalog file drawers. It made an impact. I eventually got with it and obtained my license over a decade later, but I will always remember Ben helping spark the interest.
Now, I occasionally work 2m or 440. Still active in SWL and listening to commercial stations on Internet. I also enjoy HF SSB or digital modes using an ICOM IC-7300 with a G5RV antenna about 30 feet high in a pine tree.
Since sometime in 2009, I have been posting the weekly Amateur Radio NewslineTM newscasts as a podcast available on iTunes. In February, 2012, I was instrumental in assisting a move from the old Amateur Radio NewslineTM website to a new one hosted by a different provider. I continue to assist with web related content and postings each week. You can find Amateur Radio NewslineTM at arnewsline.org
South-Cars Member ID: 11956
100 Watts and a Wire Member ID: 179
Some have said I have a talent and definitely have a passion for photography. You can find some of my better work here:500px.com/trotman