I was introduced to ham radio when I was 14 by Dave Sublette, K4TO. I have never turned back to CB for any purpose.
My parents and I would go on family vacation and I would bring the Realistic Emergency CB out from under the seat. I would call “breaker one-nine” until someone out on the road would come back to me. Eventually, I think that (mostly plastic) CB radio became broken and it was replaced with a mobile style of CB radio from Uniden.
For whatever reason, the CB was never mounted in the car. I think we were afraid it would get stolen. We kept it under the seat too, and I think it got Velcro’d to the dashboard. Eventually the CB made it’s way into my bedroom when I was just barely a teenager. I would string the coax out the window and put the mag mount antenna on the window air conditioner unit during the summer time. A friend that lived a block away from me had a CB radio that we talked back and forth on, but he wasn’t nearly as interested in radio as I was.
I made a lot of contacts with that CB radio. It was just good enough that I could hit the truck stop and regularly talk to the truckers. But, there was a lot of foul mouthing and some crude humor that I didn’t fully understand nor was I intersted. I simply like talking on the radio and listnening to the traffic.
I joined the Boy Scouts in 1993 and in 1995 we hosted a station for Jamboree on the Air. K4TO came out to the campsite at the Church Camp we frequented. He and my scoutmaster with the help of a couple of us scouts strung an antenna from a tree to the shelter we had on site. K4TO setup a folding table and fired up the radio. I don’t remember what kind of radio it was. It didn’t matter to me, I just know that we were talking from Clark County, KY to New England! The radio had an segmented LCD display that was blue, and knobs everywhere (including a big VFO know in the middle). It was fantastic and CB was immediately paled and left behind.
Of the dozen or so scouts that were at that campout, I was the only one that I recall that took the event seriously for what it’s purpose was. Radio. I was the only scout in the troop that studied and earned a ham radio license, at least I was the only one through the 5 years of my scouting participation.
My parents used to be very pleased that I had a ham radio. I would use it to auto-patch on the local repeater. I never had an excuse to not check in with the folks. When I started driving I would use it the same when I was in town.
I mostly was off the radio for a long while until recently when I purchased and settled into my own home. It took 25 years but I have some real radio equipment now including a 58′ antenna tower. I’m truly grateful that I am able to take the hobby seriously and have the means and capability to have the equipment.
As for computing, we had our first computer when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was a Tandy 1000EX. I spent hours and hours and the Tandy and upgrade after upgrade, all the way until present, I still fiddle and learn. Until recently, I knew nothing about Linux. Now, I love Linux (sometimes not so much) and I can’t get enough Raspberry Pi’s.
Outside of ham radio and computing/networking, I am an engineering tech and I work in hospitality. I believe in family and God. We’ve got nothing if we have not God and family.
I stay busy most all of the time and I am okay with that. My family thinks I’m always fixing something, and sometimes I think that’s all I do, too.