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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Jones Apr 5, 2013. 6 Replies

Just wondering...are there any Ham Radio operators in the ranks?Jeff - KC9WWLContinue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by STEVE B Jul 15, 2012. 4 Replies

Hey Dads,We got our first letter today from our son. He's been at RTC since June 28th. This quote from him made us laugh...and it was also reassuring in a way. Thought I'd share it for those that…Continue


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"- once a Navy Dad ALWAYS a Navy Dad! We invite you to stay active and to help other members with your insights and experiences in their journey with a Sailor in the US Navy! HooYah !"
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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Jeff Jones
"Well Jeff, as they say all good things must come to an end. Be sure to give him a big Bravo Zulu from us all here at Nay Dads! Thank you all for your sacrifice and service!"
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Jeff Jones replied to Jeff Jones's discussion CQ CQ CQ de K9JAJ K9JAJ K in the group NavyDads Amateur Radio Group
"Well Jim I won't be a Navy Dad for very much longer. My son went in back on June 28, 2012 and he is now transitioning out after what will be a little over 10 years when it's all said and done. He's had a pretty good run at it, serving…"
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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Jeff Jones's discussion CQ CQ CQ de K9JAJ K9JAJ K in the group NavyDads Amateur Radio Group
"Hey Jeff! I'm happy to see you are still with us! I'm not a ham...well my says I am, but it's good to see you!"
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NavyDads Amateur Radio Group

CQ CQ CQ...calling all Hams on Deck! If you are an Amateur Radio operator and wish to communicate with other NavyDad Hams, then come on board and join in! Not currently a Ham yourself, but think maybe you want to become one? Well we can help you with that as well.See More
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Hey There Fellas. It's been a long time since I've been here. Life has a way of doing that.Any old-timers still around? How are your Sailors fairing these days? Any stories to share?How about any New NavyDad Hams? How are your Recruits doing at RTC? How are YOU doing with your Recruits being at RTC? It can be tough both ways for sure!Feel free to reach out, QSL?73 de K9JAJJeffSee More
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Well first of all, just call me Jeff, ok?

I'm 63 years old, married to Terry for 25 years on 3/14/2022. My/Our greatest accomplishment is the raising of two fine sons...both are still a work in progress, though Dylan is about to stretch his wings. He left for Great Lakes back on June 28, 2012, one month after he graduated from high school. After his PIR, he then shipped out to Charleston, SC where he began Nuke "A" School.

He graduated "A" School with distinction on March 1, and is on T-track awaiting the beginning of Power School. What a thrill it was to see him promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class and become an EM3!

A lot has transpired since Dylan joined up almost 10 years ago. After he graduated Power School he ended up serving aboard the USS John Warner for 4 years and is currently doing Shore Duty in Groton, CT and is closing in on the end of a 3 year stint there. He has decided that he will then return to civilian life after serving for 10.25 years and making it to EM1. Although I wish he'd stay in for a full 20, I couldn't be more proud of him.

I became a Ham Radio operator back in Nov. '12 after a 40 year+ absence, and I am so glad I did. Hope to meet you on the bands some day! 73 de K9JAJ
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My son is currently serving
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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:23pm 2 Comments

Dylan made Section Leader! 

Not being Navy myself I'm not sure what that all entails, but it sure sounds good!


The Journey:Day One

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 2:03pm 1 Comment

As of 12:12 p.m. Dylan was on a bus from MEPS Indianapolis to Chicago. The waiting begins...

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At 8:19am on May 20, 2022, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

- once a Navy Dad ALWAYS a Navy Dad! We invite you to stay active and to help other members with your insights and experiences in their journey with a Sailor in the US Navy! HooYah !

At 4:10pm on May 15, 2022, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Well Jeff, as they say all good things must come to an end. Be sure to give him a big Bravo Zulu from us all here at Nay Dads! Thank you all for your sacrifice and service!

At 5:53pm on January 5, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Jeff.
I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, PIR, About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.
First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 4000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.
Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Dylan on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Co-admin Tim

At 8:17pm on January 2, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Jeff! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM2) was on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and just reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting earlier this year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those days, it would have made my journey as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And Jeff this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Dylan is doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call About This Site. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son is going through. In the Navy Bootcamp group is a discussion called A MUST READ for all New Navy Parents. Read through this post as it will do a lot to give you some understanding about what your sailor is learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well.

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 10:42am on January 2, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Jeffery, be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Master at Arms. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search Navy Dads.

If you have problems or questions about the Groups, discussions or navigating our site please let me know. I’ll be happy to help or find someone with more knowledgeable about your issue.

Again Welcome to NavyDads.

At 10:41am on January 2, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Jeffery, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all the various offerings. Join in to learn more about what your Guy or Gal will be learning and doing. We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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