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
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
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
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