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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



Rachel at the Mic Nycie at the mic

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)


Picture of local farm

Haying time at a nearby farm


A Polo game at the local Virginia Gold Cup fields

XYL pumpkin picking

XYL picking pumpkins, Fall 2013


XYL takes family portrait

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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W1AW/3 2014-01-21 17m CW FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
W1AW/0 2014-01-21 15m SSB FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
N8ZYA 2014-01-21 40m CW EM98ei United States John W Smithson, Jr
N8ZYA 2014-01-21 40m CW EM98ei United States John W Smithson, Jr
W1AW/0 2014-01-21 17m RTTY FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
W1AW/0 2014-01-21 15m CW FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
K5UZ 2014-01-21 80m SSB EM34tq United States DAVID A NORRIS
AB8UL 2014-01-21 160m JT65 EN81bj United States Jon L Topp
PJ2/K8ND 2014-01-21 160m CW FK52xe Curacao Jeffrey A Maass
W1AW/0 2014-01-21 80m RTTY FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
FJ/N9SW 2014-01-21 40m CW FK87ov St. Barthelemy GENE W SOCHOR
W1AW/0 2014-01-21 20m SSB FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
3B9FR 2014-01-20 20m CW MH10qh Rodriguez Island ROBERT FELICITE
K5UZ 2014-01-20 20m SSB EM34tq United States DAVID A NORRIS
K7OR 2014-01-20 2m SSB FM18hw United States GILBERT A HERLICH, Mr

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