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Old 12-16-2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Good afternoon fellow RVer and Hams. I ran across this site just yesterday afternoon and went ahead and signed up!

A little info on myself, I am 62 YO and retired from 35 years with the US Air Force and the TN Air National Guard. I mostly served in Tactical Air Command Ground Units and worked in the repair end of the Radio Communications field.
My last 10 years I was a Chief Master Sergeant.

I have been a Ham since 1971 and the level of my ham activities varies from year to year.

My wife and I have been RVing since the early 80s and we have had tents, pop-ups, travel-trailers, 5th wheels and now a 1997 HR Vacationer Class A.

Additionally, I ride bicycles for fitness and recreation! I completed my first century (100 miles in one day) last September! Because of back problems I ride recumbent bikes, a RANS Stratus and a RANS V-Rex.

Sorry, if I put some of you guys to sleep. Thanks for allowing me aboard!

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Old 12-16-2008, 03:47 PM   #2
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welcome aboard, Al... cycling sounds like the exercise we all could use
Randy, K8ZFJ
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard! We are always looking for new blood, in a good way!

Glad to hear you found us. Stick around and jump into any thread you might enjoy.

73 Mac AE5FH
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
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Welcome Al
Great to have aboard. Lots to browse here and its a great site and the only one that i know of that combines the two hobbies... rv and hamming.
73 Mark
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:56 AM   #5
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Al, glad you found us. My wife and I ride recumbents. We both have older Bike E's, but I am looking to up grade this coming year and considering Cycle Genius. Also considering a trike.

We started RVing in 1984 and I finally go my ticket about 4 years ago.

2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB, 2012 F350 Dually crew cab, 6.7L,
Mobile- Yaesu FT857D w/ Lil' Tarheel II antenna and Larsen dual bander, Turbo Tuner.
Base unit...Kenwood TS480HX, LDG AT200 Pro tuner, Eagle One Vertical and Windom 80 meter dipole.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:15 AM   #6
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Good Morning Al,

I too am glad that you found us. A very good group here. Please feel free to jump right in and join in the discussions.

Where are you located ? Are you a full-time rv'er ?

Nice to meet you.

Jim ~ W4EWA
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:06 AM   #7
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My wife and I live about 35 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee, not very far from the I 81/I 40 split!

We are not full timers and because of some health issues my wife has been going through, we have been staying relatively close to home for the past few years. While we will most likely continue to live here, we hope, in the future, to winter in Florida and take a trip out west. Additionally, I would like to take a trip to New England! I'm thinking the MH is gonna make traveling much easier on my wife.

Regarding recumbent bikes, Ken you would probably enjoy a trike! In the Knoxville area there are several folks that ride them. I have been on rides where they were participating and they looked like a lot of fun. Like all things they have pros and cons. I'm guessing that "taking them with you" is the con that you will notice first! Regarding, the recumbent bikes...I am a RANS fan. My RANS Stratus (20/26 version) is my favorite. Transporting it securely can also be a thought provoking task. As I mentioned, I also have a V-Rex and since it is a short wheel base recumbent it is much easier to transport!
The above being said, both of my recumbents will fit on most racks. The folks I know transporting a trike use a pick-up, a van, or a platform rack!

Thanks for the replys folks.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:14 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard, Al! I haven't been here in a few days, so I am late in welcoming you. I've been a ham since 1986, but just graduated from tents to an RV a little over a year ago.
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