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Eric Dreher

Austin 78737
United States, TX

united states
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Call data

Previous call:K5EPD
Last update:2022-11-12 00:37:13
QTH:Austin/Driftwood, TX
Main prefix:K
Federal state:TX
US county:Hays
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:4490471

QSL data

Last update:2020-05-30 02:09:05
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


I live with my wife Debbie in the Texas Hill Country; a more beautiful piece of this state cannot be found. We lived in California most of our lives and raised our three children there, currently in their late thirties to early forties, but now call this state our home. Our daughter, her husband, and our three grandchildren currently reside in Illinois after recently leaving Texas. We sure miss them being close by.

I'm in my early seventies, retired after 31 years with AT&T. I was a lineman in the 1970s and moved into the central office in 1980, working in the Electronic Switching System environment. In the late '90s and until retirement, I worked as a field support communications technician and was involved with several equipment disciplines including the Western Electric 1E and 1A ESS switches, Western Electric/Lucent 5E ESS, Northern Telecom DMS-100, OC, and various digital carrier systems.

I have been licensed since June 2019. Life put amateur radio on hold until then, and I've been having a great time in the hobby since.

After many FT8 QSOs as a Tech, I became bored, using SSB contacts after receiving my General ticket a couple of months later right about when the bands were starting to wake-up I worked nothing but phone until recently moving to CW. I completed the CWOPs Basic and Intermediate classes this year, I'm currently taking several classes with the Long Island CW Club and am enjoying the offerings taught by some really great people. I haven't had a mic plugged-in to my radio since January of 2022. It's been quite a challenge, but I'm having fun on the journey.

The photo is of my modest shack, composed of an Icom 7300 with my Kent key I recently replaced with a Begali Sculpture, power supply, and LDG tuner. On the right is my 80w Yaesu 2m FT2980r; a great radio at $150 when I bought it.

For those who collect QSL cards, if I receive one of yours, you will receive one of mine; no SASE required.

I hope to catch you on the air.


Eric - WZ5MM (formerly K5EPD)

LICW #3431 SKCC #25714 FISTS #21515

“Real radio is heard, not seen on a computer screen.” -- Steve Bockman, K2FW

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