I am 54 years old, and have been a ham since 1977. After serving in the United States Marine Corps for a few years, I joined the Federal Government and spent almost 20 years in the Foreign Service at various locations around the world during a 34 year career. I am now home and enjoying the opportunity to live and work in the USA once again.
Main gear is an Elecraft K3, a KPA-500 Amp, Palstar AT2K Tuner, and various wires for HF and several beams for VHF. Although the plan is to get a tower and beam in the air sometime in the next few years, the wires are enough for now.
My other hobbies are Photography (DSLR's and photo editing), Computers, gaming, running, and reading, particularly Science fact, Science fact, history, and mathematics.
I live in Virginia, with a very lovely and understanding wife and four wonderful daughters.
I have operated from several DX spots. Calls held: KE2FB/DU3, HS0ZCI, XU2FB, XUF2B, LZ/K2PI, ON9CPI, and M0DUO.
I am active on all HF Bands (160-10), as well as 6 meters, 2 meters, and 440. HF CW is my favorite mode, but I enjoy phone and RTTY quite a bit. I now have a 135 ft long inverted-L for 160, and I am no longer playing around with shortened antennas for that band.
I have also been playing heavily with SDR, and have a number of RTL TV dongles, a Funcube Pro+, and an Afedri SDR. All a lot of fun, combined with my love of browsing outside the HF bands and remaining situationally aware of propagation, they are very useful and great for experimentation.
For two years I operated low power (QRP) only, amassing over 85 countries, with my best contacts a few antipode contacts on CW using only 1W to a backyard 15 foot high dipole.
I have been on RTTY since the 70's. Back when I started I used an old Kleinschmidt Korean War era teletype and a homebrew TTU. I do not miss the days of using a strobe light and tuning fork to get that thing to 45.5 baud, let me tell you! I am happy that technology marched on, but the old mechanical teletypes were true marvels and probably the height of the mechanical art before they were left behind.
I dabble in Meteor Scatter on 6M, although I am a small pistol with lots of patient people who are much more serious. A few pictures below.
Taken at Manassas Battlefield, Manassas, Virginia. In the background, the statue of Stonewall Jackson, astride his mount.
Some of my former QSLs
If you worked us recently on Kids Day, these are two of my Daughters/operating companions and future Hams.
13 year old Rachel (L) and 16 year old Nycie (R)
Haying time at a nearby farm
A Polo game at the local Virginia Gold Cup fields
XYL picking pumpkins, Fall 2013
My XYL takes a family portrait while I take a portrait of her taking the family portrait. Only in English could you say that in so few words and have it make sense!
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