N5CFM - G. 'Skip' Amis N5CFM

G. 'Skip' Amis
Edmond, OK

QCWA # 32341
Chapter 63

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Nautical Blessing

I bid to you, fellow Mariner of the seven seas,
"Fair Winds and Following Seas,"
'til you finally lay the anchor of your weary soul
from your final voyage to that undiscovered celestial port,
not made with mortal hands in those vast uncharted heavens;
and upon examination of your logs by the Supreme Master Pilot,
nary an addition, amend, nor errata shall He'll find within.

N5CFM, 2/ 2011
USN, 1965-66
USMS, 1973-79
Copyright 2011 by N5CFM (REV.)

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Hello and thanks for stopping by - and Welcome!
Before we get started, I QSL 100% and DO NOT NEED AN SASE. REAL HAMS DO NOT NEED ONE, unless you're on a DX-pedition, a very rare station, or a special case! This is one of my pet peeves -by having to send a SASE to the continental 48 states to get a QSL. If you cannot afford a postage stamp - you can always sell weinersnitchzels!

Now that this is over and done with, I'm a retired social psychologist and theologian, having devoted over 30 years to those "hallowed halls of academia." I'm currently a Member of I.O.O.F Edmond Lodge #12, P.N.G.; Lexington Masonic Lodge #72; OES #67; Guthrie Scottish Rite Consistory; York Rite Chapter, Council, and Commandery in Shawnee; and York Rite College #75. I'm so very blessed to be married to Annette, N5ANI, whom I affectionately call Annie. Many of you may know her from RF Parts, Inc. She was the Sales and Marketing Manager for several years for the commercial tubes division. If you attended many of the major conventions, Dayton, Las Vegas, etc, you may have met my Annie! Anyway, regardless of my credentials, I still have to pay for my own coffee! What a deal!

My interest in amateur radio began in 1955. My Dad, a Major in the Army, was stationed in occupied Europe and often there was not a lot for me to do. The television reception was lousy, we were living in a French hotel awaiting placement in base housing, as a result I was bored stiff most of the time. One day, Dad brought home a Zenith TransOceanic to keep me occupied and get me out of his and my Mother's hair. I was in hog heaven; for seemingly to me, the entire world was at my fingertips. There was Radio Free Europe (RFE), the Armed Forces Network (AFN), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and when the band opened up I could receive American broadcast stations. Then, there were those weird 'beep-beep' sounds coming from certain segments of the dial, which after some inquiry the wonderful world of Morse Code entered into my life. As an eight year old stranded in a French hotel, how was I to learn what those strange sounds meant? On the Army base there were radio operators who were more than willing to help, also we had a scout chapter which offered a ham radio merit badge. So I began to learn a little bit about Morse Code which remained with me throughout my life. In 1959, we were transferred stateside and my radio interests were replaced with many other activities - hot rods, motorcycles, and girls!

About 1971, I had purchased a used 3 channel CB, antenna, hooked it up in my bedroom, and WOW! I was on the air! Modern technology had come into my life; but to my chagrin, I did not receive the warm and hearty welcome that I had expected as I had heard between the ham operators while I was in Europe years ago. I was promptly told to get my '...' off the air until I had a license, and in no uncertain terms was I to return until I did!' I apologized for offending everyone; including God and the Pope, and being inquisitive by nature I ask how I was to obtain 'this license.' I suppose the way I handled things caused the operators to find some humor in my query and they gave me the needed information. Soon I was granted the call sign of KFK 0180. I eventually became quite involved with the wonderful, wacky world Citizens Band Radio and even adopted a 'handle,' Double Eagle, (which is my given Native American name.) After several years, I became bored, frustrated, and felt there was something really lacking; in actuality, I ran of things to do, for you are so (legally) limited to what you expect out of the CB cabala. Then Buddy Luce, WD5FRB, came into my life.

Buddy owned a used car lot in Alvin, Texas, loved Collins, building Heathkit gear, and he had his ham shack in his car lot office. I was working at a commercial two way shop and went into his office to buy a car. Soon we became great friends and one day he brought up the topic of CW; if I could copy any code. I'd been listening to some tapes for awhile to brush up on. He took out his Heathkit keyer and began to send me a message in CW. He had a TV in his office and I was watching it at the time; when he finished, he wonder why I didn't copy anything down. I told him what he had sent, and then wrote it down for him. To my amazement, I had just passed my Element 1 Novice CW code requirement; he was going to send off for my Novice test! On December 19, 1979, I was granted a station license, KA5HDM; after that Buddy liked to call me, the 'Hot Dog Man.' A few months later I upgraded to my current call sign; and Buddy named me, the 'Chicken Fried Mouse.' It has been around for awhile; I hope to keep it a little bit longer, and I have never thought about changing it.

I'm over the NV5V, The CW Memorial Club. The call sign NV5V is from Tom Shultz, one of my best friends, for I was his Elmer; he passed away due to cancer. He came out of the 11 meter band after coming over to my house over 30 years ago. Tom saw my station set up in my front room. There was a Kenwood TS-520 with a Commodore Vic 20 hooked up to it. I was working CW at the time on a Vibroplex bug and it caught Tom's eye and ear. Tom took to CW like a duck does to water. He began studying, obtained his license, and within a year could head copy over 40 wpm. He loved to work packet and CW DX. After he passed away, I found out that his call sign had not been turned in to be cancelled. His widow graciously allowed for me to have it for our club station call sign. Tom will always be remembered by many of his close friends, especially me.

In closing, my main interests are Low Band A1 (CW) and A3J (SSB), with my goals are to accomplish both 5BWAS CW/SSB; and maybe 5BWAS Angel Music (AM). I enjoy QRP construction, key restoration, vintage WWII rigs, and I believe REAL RADIOS GLOW IN THE DARK! Currently, I'm QCWA Central Oklahoma Chapter 63 'Prez' and Net Manager over the W5AS, K5DLE, and W5HXL Nets. In the past, I've served as chapter Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The W5AS Net meets on 3845 KHz every Sunday morning at 0730 hrs. The K5DLE Net meets on 147.107 MHz every Tuesday at 1900 hrs, and the W5HXL Net meets on 147.107 MHz every Thursday at 1900 hrs. If you're on the air, or in the area, feel free to drop by and check in! You're always more than

So until then, I wish you a - VY 73

"If you can read this, thank a teacher;
since it is in English, thank a soldier!"
blessings - Skip Amis, N5CFM, PhD, DMin, DDiv, MDiv.
< ' )))>< Proudly serving those
who serve since 1973.,

QCWA Life Member #32341 ARRL Life Member
VE for ARRL, W5YI #2357: Ham/Commercial.
GERATOL #2301 FISTS #12627 NAQCC #0745
10-10 #73840 Life Member SKCC #6119.
OOTC FLYING PIGS #FP-1179
U.S.Navy,1965-'66; U.S.Merchant Marines,1973-'79.

January 23, 2015