Hello from the city and county of Victoria, Texas. Victoria is also known as “The Crossroads of South Texas” because of its location on several major highways that intersect or pass through Victoria. The city of Victoria is the county seat of Victoria county in Texas and is located approximately equidistant from these major Texas cities: Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.
My name is Terry L Turner and my amateur radio call sign is N5HV. As a resident of Victoria for approximately 32 years, I and my wife, Dorothy, of 36 years have raised two sons in Victoria. Both attended Gifted and Talented schools and both graduated from Victoria Memorial High School and went on to graduate from Texas State Technical College in Waco majoring in a computer-related field.
After moving to Victoria from my home town of Beeville, Texas located about 60 miles south of Victoria in January of 1985, I was diagnosed with a mental illness known as...
What have I been doin’? Well, let’s see . . . I decided to make some J-Pole antennas from copper tubing that was brought down from Anaconda, Montana. Got one for 2 meters finished and checked out with antenna analyzer and coax attachments marked. Then I decided to build a J-Pole for VHF/UHF. This was quite tricky – putting the coax up inside the elements and soldering to tiny hand-made terminals. Plus, the plastic manufacturing of brackets for the UHF elements took a little time.
Later, I installed a stainless steel HF receive only, magnetic Balun antenna between the top of a tree and the opposite of the trailer on the bottom of the mast. I ran RG-58 Coax into a white wall plate behind my easy chair with a BNC connector in the living room. I wanted to listen to HF while in my easy chair. I used RG-174 (tiny coax) from the wall plate to my Grundig G3 Global Traveler receiver located on my small table next to my chair.
"I’m face down at the bottom of the Guadalupe River, telling myself I need to get up and breathe. What am I doing here? Oh, yeah, I became a ham radio operator.” Welcome to the Texas Water Safari - The World’s Toughest Canoe Race 2013 and my first experience working communications at the event.
Communicating around river bottoms isn’t always easy, even with the advent of cell phones. This particular event, the Texas Water Safari, began in 1963 long before cell phones were a reality and so Hams – amateur radio operators – have been assisting for quite a few years. Stationed at checkpoints the length of the race course we record the passage and times of race participants and also pass information amongst race officials or team captains if necessary. From Hochheim to the finish line at Seadrift in San Antonio Bay, members of the Victoria Amateur Radio Club (VARC) and the Coleto Creek Amate...
I want to encourage you in your quest in getting your Amateur Radio Operator's License.
I got my first level license (Technician) in June 2010 and my General License in June 2011. I had no idea of the challenges and capabilities available in amateur radio until I became licensed. I looked into amateur radio about 20 years ago, but the Morse code requirement was more than I wanted to tackle at the time. The Morse Code requirement was dropped in 2007.
In May 2010 I really got serious and began to study for the test. I have provided links that will help you study for the tests. There are a pool of questions that are used on the test. The questions and answers are published. I took about 35 practice tests on www.qrz.com that helped develop my confidence to sit for the test.
My main interest in the hobby is emergency communication, but there is so much more.
I would be happy to help you anyway I can or put you in touch with guys a lot sm...