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Amateur Radio Service, commonly known as "Ham Radio". I was first licensed in 1962 as WN5CHX when I became interested in this communication facit through an deceased (SK) amateur radio operator, WA5BUA, Roland Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins was my Industrial Arts instructor at my high school, Scott High. I expanded my operating privileges within the first year by passing a Conditional License examination and taking a13 words per minute Morse Code reading and sending test. My new assigned call was WA5CHX. I was active for a few years, but college, employment and family duties took priority over my life and I left the hobby in 1968.

 
My interest in the hobby was rekindled in 2001, when N5RLM, Rick Breaux encouraged me to get back into the hobby. I found I had not forgotten much of the electronic theory and needed to brush up on the change in regulations mostly. This was surprising because my occupation was in finance and not in the electronics industry.

On my first try, I passed the Technician and General license examination. On March 2003, I upgraded to an Extra license by passing a more difficult examination. This last examination allowed me to have all the operating privileges an Amateur Radio operator can have. I operated with my old call WA5CHX for sometime, but eventually applied for a Vanity Call Sign, NA5Q. I found this call sign to be easier to communicate to fellow Amateur operators due to the shortness in its pronunciation.

 
I enjoy chasing DX (countries outside the USA), radio contesting and rag chewing (lengthy discussions on various subjects). I have assisted and participated in various contests with N5RLM (Rick), K5UA (Charles), W5WMU (Doc) and KI5XP (Charlie). Under serious operations we have place 1st and 3rd in several contest, Regionally and Worldwide. I also like to enter contest for the fun and to give contacts to more serious contesters.

I operate CW (Morse Code), SSB (Phone) or RTTY / PSK31 (Digital) in radio operations. I find that over the years, Amateur Radio has evolved with computers and they all work well for logging contacts, producing contacts and producing new modes of operation. 

Since we have moved to a new QTH (residence), I have been able to expand my antenna system and improve my operating conditions. But, I was not very active in contesting for 2007 and 2009. Too many chores and other Family activities.

 
I belong to the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana. This club is very active in many ham related activities. I have served a chairman of many ARRL Field Days, as President of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. in 2006, as a director and currently its QSL Manager for club calls: W5DDL, W5EXI and KD5VDU.
 
QSL information: QSL via Bureau, ARRL's Logbook of the World or Direct to 701 S. Arenas St., Rayne, LA 70578. If you need additional information, please email me at na5q at w5ddl.org.

73, de Roland NA5Q