Steve Lott Smith, KG5VK
ARRL North Texas Section
As of April 2019, I am your new Section Manager for North Texas. I eagerly look forward to serving each and every one of you!
Please feel free to contact me by email KG5VK@ARRL.org or at 318-470-9806. If I do not answer the phone, please leave a message with your Name, Call sign and short subject title so that I can research an answer before calling you back.
I have been licensed since 1972 and enjoy HF DXing and Contesting, and UHF/VHF. I enjoy the many ham radio modes, including CW, Phone, FT8, Analog FM, DMR, and D-Star. WINLINK is but one of the tools in my ECOM tool box, that gets tested routinely by sending emails out over HF and is completely independent of the Internet.
I have the ARRL DXCC award on many bands and several Modes. I am just 12 entities short of DXCC Honor Roll, Mixed Mode and when a rare country comes active I will be intensely focused on working it.
I have been asked more than a few times what is the one greatest thing I love about Ham Radio, for me it is simple….
I love meeting new folks and rekindling with those I know, whether that be on the air or eye ball QSO’s. There are four ARRL sponsored Ham Fests in our Section and I forward to meeting you at one or more of those.
Currently I am affiliated with the following clubs / groups
- ARRL – I should have gone for Life Membership when I was a kid
- CW OPS – Member # 1806
- Lone Star DX Association – Member
- Dallas Ft. Worth Contest Group – Member
- Red River Valley Amateur Radio Club – Member
- A-1 Operator Member – Nomination Received from peers 2019
I retired from the United States Air Force in 1993, I served in Combat during Desert Shield/Storm 1990-1991 and during Operation No Fly in 1993. I served as an Aircraft Electrician in the USAF and spent most of my career in the Strategic Air Command. I am the Past president of The Key City Amateur Radio Club Abilene, Texas, as well as the Past President of the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association and Louisiana Contest clubs.
I am Married to my fantastic wife of 43 years, who is also USAF Retired. Upon retirement from the USAF my wife and I built a professional Photography Studio (Lott’s Photo) in Bossier City, Louisiana.
From 2000 – 2014 I taught Photography at Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, Louisiana.
My wife and I moved back to Texas in 2015. Shortly there after I went to work at Main Trading Co. (MTC) Paris, Texas.
In November of 2018 I retired and sought out to become the ARRL North Texas Section Manager.
My Ham Radio Elmer was Rob Bracken, WB0CXN and my DXCC Mentor is Tom Blackley, KR5D