Section Manager

Section Manager

Steve Lott Smith, KG5VK
Section Manager
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 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….

The People!

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


Steve, KG5VK