I was raised in Concord, NH and first licensed in 1955 as WN1DYE, then W1DYE. I graduated with a BSEE from the University of NH and, after several years of work, returned there and received an MBA in Finance/Marketing. Following that I moved to NYC and became W2FVS/K2SX while I worked on Wall Street for about 40 years as a research analyst specializing in covering the media, entertainment and leisure time industries.
In 2007, I retired to SC to a gated developmen, Willbrook Plantation, that used to be a major supplier of rice in the mid-1800s, producing over 650,000 tons of rice per year. Rice growing here used a very unique method of irrigation by using the tidal movements of the ocean and gates to force fresh water from the Waccamaw River into the rice fields at high tide and removing the water at low tides. After the abolishment of slavery, the industry rapidly declined as it was impossible to find works willing to work in the rice fields due to the combination of snakes, gators and maleria.
I operate on 160 meters through 6 meters, mainly CW, usually using a K3 and a THP HL-1.5KFX amplifier. I am currently using an open wire doublet for 80, 40, 10 and the WARC bands; an inverted L (with one elevated FCP radial) for 160; separate delta loops on 20 and 15 with their apex up about 30' and an H-Doublebay for 6. No towers are allowed so I am limited to wire antennas but they work fairly well. The good news is that I live about a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and the Waccamaw River, which is partially saline, flows about a quarter mile behind our house and the wetlands abut our back yard.
I am an active contester and DXer (Honor Roll: Mixed and CW). I am a Life Member of ARRL and a member of FOC. I am trustee of the SC FOC and will sometimes operate in FOC events as KM4FOC, including the May 2013 75th Anniversary Celebration of FOC. I also belong to the Carolina DX Association and the South East Contest Club. I am a former member of Yankee Clipper Contest Club, the Order of Boiled Owls of NY, The Wireless Institute of the Northeast and the Concord (NH) Brasspounders.
For major contests, like CQWW, I often go to other places to operate and have operated from NY4A,NQ4I and K2LE/1, domestically and AH6XX, HC8GR, CR3L and V31AO, internationally. In Nov. 2013 for CQWW CW, I was part of a M/S operation as PJ7W with K2LE and W2LK and our wives. For the 2014 CW CQWW, I operated from PJ4A along with W2LK, K4BAI and KU8E.
In addition to ham radio, I also have acted in numerous area community theatre productions; including "Love Letters", "Black Tie", "Divorce Southern Style", etc. I have pretended to play golf, albeit badly; and done some writing, mostly non-fiction but a few short stories with a novel bubbling away in the background. My wife Betty, a retired fifth grade schoolteacher in Scarsdale, NY, and I have one dependent living with us, an eight year old golden retriever rescue dog named Daisy. We also have four children and eight grandchildren between us, scattered between Chicago, DC, Charlotte and Hartford.
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