Just joined, thought I would introduce myself. My name is Paul Finch, call
is WB5IDM. Other than my original call of WN5IDM it's been the only one I
have had since 1971. I live on 16.5 acres with 4 ponds, lots of Bass and
Catfish, lots of trees and a 500 foot communications tower I erected in
1998. I now have 2 UHF 440 and one VHF 147 MHz repeater on it while working
on 2 900 MHz, a 220, a 10 meter and a 6 Meter repeater for the tower. Oh,
by the way, I have several customers on the tower to help defray the cost of
my Ham Habit.
My Son Aaron started in the Tiger Cub program and rose all the way to Eagle
Scout in 2004 just before his 18th birthday. You guessed it, I am a proud
Dad! I was his Tiger Cub Leader and his Pack Scout Leader until he crossed
over into Troop 147 Boy Scouts and since then I have been on the Troop
Committee, still am two years after my Son got his Eagle. In 1996 at the
age of 10 my Son got his Ham license and since there has been 2 other Scouts
that have acquired theirs. We had had some good times on Ham radio since.
Yeah, now he's 20 years old and would rather talk on the cell phone to his
friends, some day I hope he comes back. He is in the Southwester Baptist
Theological Seminary for Music Ministry.
If your ever in the Fort Worth/Dallas area give me a call on 147.16 MHz,
+600 KHz and 110.9 CTCSS.
You can look at the tower at www.AzleComm.com , there is also a tower in
Sweetwater, Texas I manage but so far no Ham stuff on it.
I belong to the Tri County Amateur Radio Club based in Azle, Texas. We meet
every first Saturday of the month, except this one that's been rescheduled
to this Saturday. We meet for dinner at local restaurants before the
meeting, this month is at the El Paso Restaurant on Azle Main street around
5:30 PM. After the dinner our meeting is held in the Azle City Council
Chambers at 7:00 PM. Come on and have dinner and visit our meeting, we will
be talking about our upcoming balloon launch! I am also the Texas VHF FM
Society Zone 1 440 MHz coordinator.
Some day, when you all are bored I will send out the story of my Eagle Scout
Uncle that survived three prisoner of war camps in WW2, he swore it was his
Eagle training that got him through, he was not a Ham though, darn it!