Name and Call Sign:: Kim (KD) Sarchet – N5KS
Years as Amateur Radio Operator:: 49
Areas of Interest (i.e. CW, DX, Packet, etc.):: CW, Homebrewing equipment and antennas, QRP, DX, Storm Chasing.
Brief History of Activities Related to Ham Radio:: My Dad worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone and was sent to radio school to obtain his Radio Telephone license. His knowledge from that experience was shared with me when I was about 12. From that, I got involved as a SWL and collected QSLs from all over the world. Through SWL-ing, I found out about Ham Radio and earned my Novice license (WN5DEA) in 1970. In 1972 I earned my Advanced license (WB5DEA) along with a 2nd Class Radio Telephone license. I upgraded to Extra in 1986. A couple of years later, I changed my callsign to WY5R. I requested a vanity callsign (N5KS) which was granted in 2015.
Other Hobbies or Interests:: Making/Hacking – I love experimenting with SBC’s such as Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and other similar equipment, both from the software and hardware standpoint.
Machining – I have a mini lathe and mini mill that I attempt to fabricate metal with. NOTE: heavy emphasis on attempt!
Brief Life History (as much or as little as you would like to share):: Born in Tulia, Texas in 1955 I was the second of 4 kids. I went to 1st grade in Tulia. Our family moved to Borger, Texas and I attended School there from 2nd grade until I graduated high school. Upon graduating high school, I moved to Lubbock, Texas with intent on going to Texas Tech to get an EE degree, but that never happened. I was hired by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company instead. That career spanned the next 28 years and started in Lubbock, Texas. The journey took me to Snyder, Abilene, Wichita Falls and McKinney. After retiring in 2001 from that career, I moved to Amarillo and worked for a company called Micromuse based out of London, England and expanding into the U.S. That company was bought by IBM in 2006, and I was kept on their payroll until 2012. I found a job at ABC Supply in 2013 and worked for them before retiring for good in 2018. Since 1976, the most important part of my life is my wife Kathie. Together, we have 2 Daughters, Rhiannon and Jennifer and they have blessed us with 4 grand daughters.
Your thoughts on what benefits you receive as a Club Member:: The main benefit I receive as a member of the club is education gained via the fellowship with the members.