About KD5OM

I'll just say a few things here about my interest, both Ham Radio and other boring stuff. I built my first crystal radio set as a 9 year old kid. That sparked an interest in radios and wires and every old TV set that a neighbor thrown out to the trash. My wire cutters, a shoe box and I now had a mess of crap my mom hated to see piled up in my bedroom. About a dozen years later... I passed my Amateur Radio Operator Novice Test and as of July of 1975 I got my first license, aka, WN5PRD. It was all Morse Code and on the shortwave frequencies, usually 80 and 40 meters. I had a blast with my old Heathkit DX-60a transmitter and Hammerlund HQ-170a receiver. With just a simple wire antenna stretched out across the roof of our small home in Garland, Texas, I worked other Amateur Radio Operators in each of the 50 United States and received my Worked All States Award. We "Hams" as we are called, collect these special post cards from each other and these post cards are called QSL Cards and that is written proof we made an over the air contact. I have QSL Cards from all of the 50 United States. I upgraded to General Class in December of 1976, and got a new call sign of WB5PRD. Now I was able to talk on the radio with a microphone. However, I liked Morse Code better. In 1977 I upgraded to Advanced Class and received a new call sign of KD5OM and doubling the space on the radio dial where I could operate my radios. Whoopee! Then about in 1986 I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class, the Top Of The World License Class for U.S. Amateur Radio Operators, and, I had to pass the 20 words per minute Morse Code Test. No problem. So I have been a licensed Ham Radio Operator for over 42 years and Extra Class for 31+ years. I have talked all over the world and have earned the DXCC Award. This award states I have worked other Amateur Radio Operators in at least 100 other foreign countries and have the QSL Cards to prove it. Now I'm not one of those who spend late nights, neglecting the lady who married me, bleary-eyed tuning around the radio dials lurking for just one more foreign country to add to my stack of QSL Post Cards. Although contacting other Hams in various places is something I've always enjoyed. People ask, "How do you talk to people in other countries if they don't speak English"? Actually, you will be surprised how much English is spoken around the globe. If they don't speak English, in Morse Code, we have a way of completing the contact information.

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