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 or via the bureau. 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, W9MIT and W6MKA. I dropped out of ham radio for a while but decided that I hadn't done all of the things I wanted to do yet, so I took all 3 tests in February 2008 and got my Extra Class License and my present call sign.
I retired after 20 years 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 11 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, 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 business 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 5 years I have obtained DXCC Mixed, 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 1000 and CQ DX RTTY 150.
I am an ARRL DXCC Card Checker and VE, a member of the ARRL, RSGB, PVRC, INDXEA, NCDXF. I am usually on SSB, 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 70th 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 Heathkit SB-220 Amp. The 2 items under the lamp in the picture above are the Heathkit HM-2140A wattmeter and a Yaesu SP-6 speaker with Timewave DSP-59Y. 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,
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