Hello! My name is Andy ‘MommaBear’ Melichar – a.k.a. KEØATA. I’m a recent HAM, a tech geek, and a serial hobbyist. I’ve always been interested in electronics, radios and everything in-between. It probably comes from my grandfather who used to open a radio and television repair shop back in the ’70s.
My journey to HAM was short and sweet. I didn’t own a HAM radio, I just got it in my head that I wanted to get my license. I studied for weeks and took my test with the Ak-sar-ben ARC on May 27, 2014. I passed both the Technician and the General exams on the same day. I hadn’t studied the Extra exam at all – they had me take it just for grins, and I don’t think I even achieved 50% correct. So more studying there.
On June 4, 2014 my callsign came through! I could now be known as KEØATA. My HAM journey had begun!
Back when I started talking about HAM radio, my partner told me the only way I could get into the hobby would be if I built my radio myself. While my first radio was not build by me (I bought a Baofeng BF-F8+) my second actual radio will be built myself. One of the main purposes of this site is to catalog the process of building my radio and me journey into the world of HAM. Wish me luck!
Andy / KEØATA