EX: KA9LDH, AB9FK
Just a little information about me. Born in Lafayette, IN in 1962, raised in Colfax, IN about 15 miles south of Lafayette. I became interested in Amateur Radio when I was about 16 years old, by a close family friend (Dick Davis, W9KK now SK) who got me interested in amateur radio and electronics. I graduated from Clinton Prairie High School and then moved on to take Electronics Technology at Vincennes University. While attending Vincennes a local amateur radio club Old Post Amateur Radio Society was adminstering testing and I took the test and received my Novice license with the call KA9LDH. Also, while attending I received my General Class Radiotelephone license (just never used it and let it expire). The only problem was that I never used either license even though I had them, oh well!
After graduating from VU, I couldn't find the job that I was interested in so I went back to school at Purdue University continuing my studies with the Electrical Engineering Technology program. While attending Purdue, I worked part time at a local computer store, performing service on personal computers used mostly by small farm operators. After attending one semester, I was called to work for a small company as the Midwest Region Field Service Engineer repairing computer systems on PDP-8 and PDP-11's. It was a great job to travel the eastern half of the US and being paid for it. In 1986, I decided to leave the traveling business and started working for a major pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis, IN.
When I started working for this company I became involved in process automation systems used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. This kept me busy enough, while raising a family, that I added a little more stress in my life and went back to school at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) to finish and receive my BS in Electical Engineering Technology. Since that time I have continued to stay involved in process automation systems while progressing through the ranks as Process Control Specialist, Process Control Engineer and now serving as a Team Leader for you guessed it, a Process Control Engineering group. After moving into management,
I wanted to get back to doing some real work and re-focused my effort at getting back into amateur radio. I upgraded my license to General class operator in January 2002 and then to April 2002 to Extra class operator and was assigned call sign AB9FK. In January 2004 I upgraded my call to the current call sign WM9M. I have spent a great deal of my energy trying to help my two boys get interested in the hobby and they have an interest and enjoy attending Field Day with my in 2002, 2003 and 2004. My youngest, Eric (then 9), even took the Technician testing in the Fall of 2003, he didn't make it yet, but he is still interested in getting his license.
When I have time, I enjoy working contests and experimenting with PSK. My equipment consists of an Yaesue FT-920( purchased through my Elmer - Charlie Nydegger, WA9HCU), a G5RV and MFJ-948 tuner, a Hygain 14AQV vertical and my latest addition has been a 6 band Hybrid Quad that is finally in the air. If you want to find me on the air, I spend a share of my time improving my CW skills and try to check in on the QIN traffic net or on Tuesday evenings some local buddies and I have a little informal CW practices session at 0000Z on or around 3710. You may also meet me on our local club Clinton County Amateur Radio Club repeater or monitoring the famous 146.70 repeater in Indianapolis, IN as I get closer to the big city. Otherwise, I enjoy working the 17 meter band of the evenings and any others on the weekend as the XYL will allow me to work.73, Terry