|Tommy Martin, KK4TDP -
My name is Thomas L. Martin. I go by Tommy. I’ve always
been interested in ham radio. I got my License in 2013.
I’ve been married for 45 years to my wife Wanda. I have
lived in Prattville for 21 years. My ham shack consist
of a Yaesu ftdx1200 Mosley 3 element beam and a
buxcomm folded dipole antenna. Being elected president
of the club was very exciting for me. I hope I can do a
good job for everybody.
|Lew Nyman, K1AZE - Past President
I’ve always had an interest in ham radio since I
was a young teenager in the early 50s. I grew up in the
Boston area and I finally got my Novice and General
class tickets in 1957. I upgraded to Extra class in July
of 1980. The 1950’s were a boom period in amateur radio
for several reasons. First, the introduction of the
Novice class brought in many new hams. Secondly, with
the end of World War2 the market was flooded with
military surplus radio gear which was modified for ham
use. And third, we had a phenomenal period of enormous
sun spot activity which created unprecedented band
conditions. DX was everywhere day and night. It was very
|I graduated college with an electrical
engineering degree and an Air Force ROTC commission. I
was on active duty during the 1960’s working on R&D
projects and then went into a reserve program. Since I
was a private pilot, my main Air Force reserve
assignment was Air Force advisor to Civil Air Patrol. I
retired from the Air Force Reserve after 24 years of
service with the rank of Lt. Col.
In 1984 I went to work for Raytheon Company, a defense
contractor, as an electrical engineer. It was Raytheon
who moved Karen and me to the Montgomery area in January
of 1996. My assignment was quality engineer on the
Patriot air defense missile program at the Lockheed
Martin missile assembly facility outside of Troy.
Lockheed Martin was a subcontractor to Raytheon on the
Patriot program. It was a great field assignment and
very challenging. I worked with Lockheed Martin’s
production people in resolving unexpected manufacturing
issues while at the same time performing inspections and
reviewing missile test data at various stages of
I’ve been retired for several years now and enjoy being
active in ham radio. I also serve on the board for a
military organization. So, as you can see, I keep very
|Ken Brittin, AK4KN - Vice President
ARRL & CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
Member, Amateur Radio Relay League
Member, Heart of Dixie Amateur Radio Society
Dad bought me a Hallicrafters short wave receiver when I was about 12. We ran
a wire antenna from an upstairs bedroom window to the
garage. For years I enjoyed listening to stations from
around the world and tried, unsuccessfully, to learn
Morse code during a summer scout camp.
In the Air Force, I worked as a manager in mobile, tactical, and base communications (including the MARS station at Travis AFB)
and electronics installations in the Pacific.
After working as a programmer/analyst in the Air Force and as a contractor,
I became interested in amateur radio again and was encouraged to learn that code was no longer a requirement.
In early 2011, I found VE test listings on the ARRL web site and tested for Technician at the East Alabama Radio Club in Auburn.
The folks there told me about the Montgomery club, so I joined MARC and tested for General with CAVEC.
When I was ready to test for Extra, the W4HOD (Heart of Dixie) club in Opelika graciously scheduled a test session for me.
I have met many folks thru radio, both in person and on the air, and appreciate the contacts, friendships and associations.
|Karen Nyman, KA1BYP - Publicity
I got interested in ham radio after listening to my husband Lew, K1AZE, operating on 2 meters.
This was back in the 1970s. He was on the road a lot using repeaters and that sounded
like an interesting thing to be able to do. In those days there were no cell phones.
|I decided to study for the Technician class license,
and in March of 1977 I went to the FCC field office in Boston
and got my tech and got my call sign, KA1BYP, which I have not changed.
Then, in January of 1980 I upgraded to the General class license,
which at that time required passing the 13 word per minute code test.
I was a member of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association in Massachusetts until
we moved to Montgomery in January of 1996 and soon after we joined MARC.
I’ve enjoyed the club and its activities very much.
|Phil Salley, K4PO - Trustee
CAVEC Volunteer Examiner
MARC Station Manager
My Ham Radio interest dates back to teen years, but lacking an Elmer near my childhood rural abode, nothing developed until 1954.
I was on Air Force active duty at the time with command post duties where an HF radio station was in place as backup communication.
The station manager was a ham as was our commutations squadron commander. The comm CO’s view was that everyone
that could lay hands on the HF equipment should be a licensed ham. Thus with some CW coaching. and rules and
regulation self studies to augment my previous electronic training, I soon had a conditional license.
Fast forward 20 years: that conditional license had lapsed due to non-use, military assignments
without even a basic radio station, raising children and
budget limitations. About 1973, an office buddy was learning CW in preparation for a ham license,
so we began lunch break practice
oscillator exchanges to hone his CW skill.
Being in Washington DC at the time when all testing was done by the FCC, testing opportunity was often and handy.
It didn’t take long for the “get on the air” bug to
bite, so a-testing we went. Thus I sat for exam at DC FCC Office.
I flubbed the 13 WPM CW test, but was allowed to take the written
as I had passed 5 WPM (at the time the technician written was the general class element),
which was good enough for me under the situation.
At the time FM/VHF was my sole interest considering lack of a residence suitable for any sort of HF antenna.
Soon we were transferred to Gunter AFS, where for the
first time in my then 20 some years of service, we purchased a house that would accommodate
an HF antenna and had space for a station.
Back to FCC to clear the 13 WPM CW hurdle followed some time later by the Advance class written.
Extra Class came when the CW speed was reduced to 5 WPM with successful written exam
at the Greenville Hamfest by the Evergreen ARRL VE group.
I might add that this Greenville session attendance was huge, as it was the first local VE session
offered following the CW speed change for all license classes.
My first HF rig was a cobbled together kit the name of which I no longer recall.
Then came a Heathkit SB-102 that was a wonderful rig for its day. Of course it wasn’t long
before the hybrid solid state rigs with tube= finals came on the scene
when I conned the XYL into a Yaesu FT 101EE for the home station. My first “real” synthesized FM/VHF
rig was a Kenwood something or other mobile won at the Birmingham hamfest as a door prize.
Antennas were pretty much all home brew though I did manage a 40 foot Rahn tower that was taken
by a storm after a few years. My favorite ever HF antenna has been a two
element quad using bamboo poles as spreaders. A load of ice took that antenna,
so back to inverted V for all bands. Today, in spite of serious covenants, I run a vertical for most
operations along with a NVIS arrangement for lower bands augmented by a
B&W in the attic that is pretty much acts as a sophisticated dummy load. VHF and UHF antennas are all in
the attic though my GAP Challenger is VHF rated.
|Fred Springall, KR4YK - Trustee
Larry W4GLY-SK (previously WN4GLY and WA4GLY) got me interested in Amateur Radio back in Junior
High. I was more into the electronics side than operator side and never quite got to Atlanta to take the
amateur exam, but the interest was there.
After high school, I joined the Marine Corps (telephone/teletype/crypto technician) and spent a lot of
time on HF and maintaining related equipment. This was before satellite communications became the
normal method. I was with the 9th Communications Bn./Fleet Marine Force Pacific.
Next I joined the Alabama Army National Guard as a Radio Technician based out of Eufaula.
Then I joined the Naval Reserve (Radioman) and was an original member of the NEAT (Naval Embarked
Advisory Team) which was a unit that provided HF/VHF/UHF communications and navigational support
for merchant ships that hauled equipment for a Marine Corps Brigade (16,000 troops) worldwide. It was
great duty and I felt like I was back home. I retired as a Chief Petty Officer (Radioman).
After retiring from the Naval Reserve, I served as the Communications Staff Officer with the US Coast
I got into the cable TV business in 1972 and transferred to Montgomery when Storer Cable
Communications got the franchise for Montgomery. I was the Chief Technician and later Project
Manager for Alabama and North Florida. I built or totally rebuilt 23 separate systems.
I went to work for the State of Alabama in 1989 with the Department of Corrections (at the radio shop
with Lester AK4RU). I transferred to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in 1991 (located in
Montgomery at that time). I was heavily involved with two-way communications systems, remote 911
centers, licensing, communications interoperability and on-scene disaster communications. I built out
a 23 site UHF radio system for statewide coverage and several other remote sites. Along the way, we
installed a complete amateur radio station at the SEOC (KF4LQK) and provided amateur equipment for
the counties. I retired 2011 as the IT Section Chief.
I have a BS from Troy State University and hold a FCC Commercial License, with radar endorsement.
My original amateur call was KB4EGH and have held a Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra
Class amateur license. I have been the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer with the
Montgomery Club and look forward to serving as a Trustee.