I have been a MARC Member
since 2002. I suppose I have five hobbies, they do not always
cooperate and unfortunately they occasionally interfere with
each other. My first hobby was the US Army Reserve. I was a
Command Sergeant Major and Medic, I am still a Medic but am now
officially Command Sergeant Major (retired). I call this a
hobby because I enjoyed the service and the friends that it has
made for me. I have 31.5 years between the Active and Reserve
components. I have retired as of December 2006.
My second hobby would be
computers. This is what I actually pay my bills with.
I also enjoy this very much. The opportunities to teach
and support the end users is a great draw for me. I do all
aspects of micro computers, from desktop and application support
to networking and file server installation and support. I
support both Novell and Windows Networks and their associated
applications such as, GroupWise, Border Manager, and Exchange.
I program routers, gateways and firewalls from all the
The third hobby, and these are
in no particular order, is my 2006 Black Honda Gold Wing, named
"Stealth". This is my toy and it is a pleasure to work
with it and use it. I enjoy the events and community
service that I have been able to participate in with the MC.
I am well versed with GPS(s) and this model contains the Honda
GPS and ABS brakes. I routinely teach land navigation
using Map, Compass and GPS.
The fourth would be
Ham Radio. I have been a ham since 11/98. I hold a
General rating and the call sign is KF6TXI. At present I
use the radio in the Car, the Motorcycle, and the home.
Occasionally, I will use it while pedestrian mobile. I use
the APRS call signs of KF6TXI-xx to denote the particular
application, -9 for Pedestrian, -10 for MC, -12 for Jeep.
My radios are a Kenwood D710A and Yaesu FT8100 at home.
The Jeep and the MC each have a Kenwood D700A. I also have
a bunch of HTs including Kenwood D7A(G), Kenwood F6A, Yaesu VX7,
Finally, the fifth hobby would
be dancing. I am an excellent ballroom, swing, latin and
argentine tango dancer. I have spent a lot of time
learning and practicing dancing while holding my partner.
It is a great joy.
My reason for joining MARC and
remaining a member is the friendship and the service to the
community. The MARC Members are all excellent people to
know and I would encourage anyone reading this to come to our
meetings, talk to us over our nets and join.