Ke7npf - Warren

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Warren - KE7NPF

My lovely wife Tiffany, KE7ZCT and I at Field Day, 2007
I'm one of the "greener" members of the group, earning my first amateur ticket, a General-class license, at the tender young age of 22. I was first exposed to amateur radio when my Dad, KC7ERC, got involved in emergency preparedness things and started running with a group of hams in my native stomping ground of Northern Utah. Though Dad only ever played around with his 2m HT, he had a few friends that were "hardcore" hams, one of whom I distinctly remember pounding out Code on his paddle while carrying on a completely different conversation over his shoulder: I was hooked. Dad worked a lot when I was growing up, so my early attempts to get involved in ham radio failed (because I lacked an effective Elmer). I finally all but gave up on the idea of earning my license. Every now and then, I'd meet someone with an overwhelming technical knowledge of many different topics, only to find out later on that they were a ham. There was a definite pattern I noted there, and I wanted, once again, to get involved and make it happen.

What really got the ball going for me again was an e-mail my Dad sent to me, asking if I wanted his old HT. Turns out Dad had been inactive with amateur radio for some time and the HT hadn't been out of the box in years. He was going through some of his old stuff and stumbled across it. The moment I got it, I started hitting the books and finding anything I could about amateur radio. It was at this point I became involved with the Casper Amateur Radio Club. Several months later, and with plenty of work and unending patience on the part of the guys in the club, I finally realized the dream and finished the journey I had started so many years ago: I went from no license to General at Wyoming HamFest 2007. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since I currently reside in an apartment, my operating has been largely limited to VHF/UHF... the landlord wasn't too excited or accommodating of my wishes to put an HF antenna on the roof of the building. I've been fortunate enough, however, to be able to devise some more creative methods of implementing effective antennas, so I've been playing a little HF.

Working the bands at the W7I Special Event Station

I just recently got married to my better half, Tiffany, and she herself just earned her Tech ticket, KE7ZCT. We've been enjoying married life, such as it is, and are looking to purchase our first home within the next year. She doesn't know it yet, but I have every intent to put up a humdinger of an antenna and run with it.

As far as employment goes, I've dabbled in everything from food service to health care, with a couple of major stops in the IT and radio broadcast industries. I'm currently employed as the Southeast Wyoming Market Manager for a national Outdoor Advertising Company. This requires me to travel somewhat regularly, and it's given me the opportunity to talk with numerous hams all over the state.

After lots of study and hard work, I passed my Extra-class exam on December 16, 2008 at the same time my wife was passing her Technician test. I have had so much fun learning about amateur radio and meeting new people that I'm very excited to share this with others, and am so excited that my wife has finally agreed to succumb to the "geekiness" that pervades her life and come play radio. To be perfectly honest, the additional operating privileges that are now afforded me as an Extra-class amateur don't interest me (although it will be nice to not have to stare down a band plan!); I earned it simply to be able to administer the higher VE exams. I'll certainly not profess to be an expert, or even well-versed on most of amateur radio operating, but I'm having fun learning more every day.

I owe a lot to all of the "Elmers" that I had when I was first getting started, and all those that have patiently (emphasis added) answered my seemingly endless cacophony of questions. The members of this club are an amazing bunch that are so anxious to help someone out. I hope that as I progress in this hobby, that I can continue to "give back" and keep the chain going. This hobby is too precious to simply let die.

I thoroughly enjoy doing PR work, most recently as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2008 Wyoming State Hamfest awards banquet and keynote address. I've done a fair amount of work as the club's Public Information Officer as well, and hope to be more involved in that as things go on. Every now and then, I'll get a call from a newspaper or a visit from a TV reporter. It's fun to be able to share with everyone the things that we enjoy so much.

Aside from working, playing house with my lovely wife and playing radio, I enjoy target shooting, almost any outdoor activity, working on my "vintage" '85 Jeep CJ-7, listening to and/or writing music, a good book or a good movie.

If you would like to contact me for any reason, e-mail me at: <my call> (a) arrl (dot) net. Cheers, and 73... I'll see you on the bands!