It's Me, It's Me, It's Kevin C. (Apologies to the Andy Griffith Show.)
I was born March 1st, 1962 here in Lawrenceburg, TN and I am married to the former Connie Lee Irelan and am a decadent non-smoker (I quit a 5 pack a day habit in 1989 and you know how ex-smokers are). I quit after learning that my best friend, Norge Buie a heavy smoker as well, was terminal with cancer. I smoked the last one in the pack at lunch that day and haven't had another since.
When mobile I usually stay on 10, 15 or 20 meters (depending on what is open) or at night 80 meters around 3.980 mHz. My mobile HF rig is a Kenwood TS-50 with an MFJ DSP filter and a TJ Antennas (Nott Ltd) BB3 Screwdriver antenna. This thing rocks... First contact on the new screwdriver was an SP3. In the near future I will be upgrading to a 500 watt amp.
Severe Weather Spotter
Severe weather has always intrigued me (lightning damaged equipment does not, but the cause of lightning does). In the Spring of 1989, Barry Roberts, a local amateur meteorologist, (also rocket scientist, or at least he works for NASA) approached me about getting the local amateur radio community involved in a severe weather spotter network. The Middle TN / North Alabama area is extremely prone to severe weather and tornado activity (averaging about 1 tornado per year in Lawrence County) and at that time had little to no coverage by National Weather Service Radar or NOAA Weather Radio. With the urging of then Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Ava Jean Moore, Barry and I (mostly Barry) launched the Lawrence County Skywarn Network. Within mere days (two I think) of completing the required Weather Spotter Training provided by the National Weather Service, we had our first bout of severe weather in Lawrence County that produced a tornado in a bordering county. As it turned out that spring became one of the most active severe weather seasons in our history. We had a severe thunder storm every couple of days (or so it seemed) that produced a tornado or damaging down burst somewhere in the area. For the first 4 or 5 years I worked almost all of the communications via amateur radio and GMRS radio from spotters to the local media and National Weather Service Office in Nashville, TN. Since mid 1995 I have escaped from the radio room (located at the Lawrence County Emergency Operations Center) to become a tornado chaser with Barry (in the same spirit as Twister).
Using my (since traded off) 1995 Dodge Dakota 4X4 complete with HF, VHF, UHF and cellular communications (and satellite if you count the GPS receiver), Barry and I have chased potential tornado producing Severe Thunder Storms all over the Middle TN / N. Alabama/N. Mississippi/Eastern Arkansas area. With Barry's knowledge of weather and my hardware (not to mention that I still retain some of the driving skills from when I raced motorcycles and four-wheelers) we have, in a single afternoon, driven over 600 miles (mostly on back roads) chasing or in search of the elusive funnel cloud. Due to the hilly terrain in our area it is sometimes possible to be literally UNDER a rotating thunderstorm and not be able to see a funnel forming. With the flat land in the Plains States where a storm can be seen for miles, we decided that it would be kind of refreshing to be able to see what is actually happening from some where other than directly under a forming funnel.
Atlanta Braves Fan
Even though Bobby Cox does some things that I find pretty dumb, he has to be about the best manager in the NL. To have carried his team as far as they did with the injuries that they suffered, was nothing short of brilliant.
I currently have a 16.4 handicap (Mar. 2000). If I could get rid of that couple of *^&#^ bad holes each round and learn to putt, my handicap would drop another 7 or 8 strokes. I currently am a member of the Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club and play at least twice a week (when not running to radio stations somewhere). People used to tell me that golf was an expensive hobby. Anyone who has ever raced a motorcycle or four-wheeler (hare scramble) knows what an expensive hobby is (I did both for years). The bikes that we were riding cost over $4000 and I was spending about $150 every race weekend for gas, food, etc. IF I didn't break anything on me or the bike. Golf is cheap beside those things or bass fishing.
DODGE IS GETTING BACK INTO THE RACING BUSINESS
My whole family are car racing fans. I like Richard
Petty (he will always be KING), Sterling Marlin (a fellow Tennessen), "Awesome
Bill from Dawsonville" Elliot (even if he does drive a Ford), and anybody
that beats a Ford or Dale Earnheart (even if he drives a Chevy).
Actually Ford has some really nice cars these days (T-Bird, Explorer and
Crown Vic) but bad experiences from several years ago have left me with
a lasting bad attitude toward them.