Marty Blaise's links

I plan to add more to this page including how to make your own QSL cards.

If you have a computer with software such as Word or Open Office and a printer, you can make your own QSL cards. Just make a template for the basic 5.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches high standard size. What should you include? Operator's name and address | Callsign of station being contacted | Date | Time | Signal Report | Frequency/Mode of operation | Equipment used | Pse / Tnx QSL

Optional items: 10 10 number, awards numbers for nets, photos and graphics

You can buy 60 pound stock paper at Office Depot and FedEx and use it to make color cards with black overlays.

Make a template of four cards and they can print some out. Use a paper cutter to cut the cards.

I will upload a copy of my card soon so you can see a very simple card.

Here is a little about me....

Although my given name is Martin, I have gone by Marty most of my life. I am a native Houstonian, born 1959, member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran church in Houston, married and have two children. My other hobbies include photographing and research of abandoned roads and bridges, true stereo recordings, playing bass guitar at church and watching tv shows about UFOs and the paranormal. The BLAISE family heritage comes from the Alsace-Lorraine part of France?I got my start in radio when my parents bought me a shortwave radio in 1972. I then had police scanner radios and CBs. Back then, scanners were crystal controlled. I had a Radio Shack scanner that had 10 crystals and I listened to police and fire. In my high school days (1975 to 1978, coincidentally the same time period as That 70s Show) everyone was putting a CB radio in their car or truck. That was my first introduction to two-way radio. ?I listened for several years to hams on local repeaters on my scanners but did not yet have a license.

First licensed as a novice class in 1989. Previous calls were KB5IQO, N5OHN and AB5NN. Changed to AG5T in the vanity program. (It works a lot better on cw than a call with 5NN in the call)

I do a lot of FT8 operating because I can use 25 watts and my small station to make lots of contacts. I also do some JT65 and occasionally work other digital modes. At present my highest output power is 100 watts.

Current antenna setup, "small pistol" station/antennas:

Ham radio activities include:

Some links

Waltrip High School Class of 1978 webpage

My ham radio biography on

My photos of abandoned bridges and highways

Houston ECHO Society ham radio organization