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alias for: AJ4FM

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New Call 3-8-14, ex AJ4FM.


My Mother named me William after my Grandfather and Father, but I've used my middle name David, all of my life.

I prefer to use LoTW and I will QSL 100% direct. If you need my card, send an SAE only with your card and I'll send you mine.

I was first licensed in 1961 as W9CTJ and have held the additional calls of W0IHR, W6MKA, W9MIT, and AJ4FM. My Elmer was W9JOZ, a great CW traffic handler and was at the top of the BPL listing for many years.

I retired after 20 years service from the USAF in 1984. Basic training was at Lackland AFB, TX in 1960 and Radar School at Keesler AFB, MS in 1961. I spent 12 years in Ground Radar at such places as St. Anthony Newfoundland, Cape Newenham Alaska, Waverly Iowa, Burns Oregon, Mill Valley and Red Bluff California. Then I spent my last 8 years in Avionics Communications at the AF Avionics Lab at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio as the Air Force's First Certified Laser Technician, McClellan AFB California, Beale AFB California, RAF Mildenhall England, Kadena AB Okinawa and Davis-Monthan AFB Arizona. I had the privilege of maintaining the HF, VHF and UHF Communications Systems on the SR-71 Blackbird during my last 4 years. I retired at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona  July 1, 1984. My new QSL card is above, with the Blackbird in full afterburner following an aerial refueling. Other hobbies include photography, shooting sports, auto racing and flying. I no longer fly because of health reasons, but have over 8600 hours in many types of aircraft, mostly with 2 or more engines.

After my Air Force career I became an Electronics Engineer and worked in the Two-Way Radio field in Arizona and Indiana. I moved to Virginia in 1991 to work for Ericsson (former GE Mobile Radio) and helped close the factory in 2001. I spent about 2 years total in Kumla Sweden for Ericsson and enjoyed it very much. I live near the top of Candlers Mountain at 1020 feet or 311 MASL and my HAAT (height above average terrain) is 406 feet or 124M.

I enjoy DXing. In 6 years I have obtained DXCC Mixed, 40M, 20M, RTTY, CW, and Phone; WAS Basic, RTTY, CW, and Phone; 5BWAC, WAC Basic, Phone, CW, and RTTY; IARU Region 1, 2, and 3 Awards along with Mixed WAZ, Mixed WPX 1150 and CQ DX RTTY 150.

I am a member of the ARRL, RSGB, and I support INDXEA and NCDXF. I am usually on SSB or RTTY, looking for new DX stations to work. During my Air Force time, I was very active in Air Force MARS. I was born at North Judson, IN and just celebrated my 71st birthday. Seems like it was just yesterday when I got into this wonderful hobby. How time flies when you're having a great time.

I'm using a Yaesu FT-990 (fantastic 1991 radio!) with a fully upgraded and restored Heathkit SB-220 Amp. I built and use a K4DSPKit AFSK to FSK interface. The antenna is a Butternut HF-6V vertical, ground mounted with 20 buried 33 foot radials. My location is a blessing for working DX with a vertical!!!

Thanks for reading about me, and I hope to work your station, either again or soon.

Cheers and 73,

David, W9CTJ

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