I was first licensed in April, 1962 at the age of 15. I built my novice transmitter from parts recovered from an old Emerson TV set. I enjoy Dxing, VHF/UHF, building my own gear, and collecting antique radios. I am a past member of the York Amateur radio club and past president of the Keystone VHF club in York, Pa(W3HZU). I was member of the York Hamfest committee and a past technical advisor for the York Vocational/Technical School.
I'm a VE examiner associated with the Laurel, Md organization. I've individually Elmer'ed over a dozen hams, including a fellow who I needed to teach advanced arithmetic and algebra (he finally made it to advanced)!! I have taught a number of licensing classes while I lived in York, Pa. I'm listed on the Elecraft website as a kit builder for disabled hams.
I was raised in New Salem, Pennsylvania ... a little 1 stop sign, town just outside of York, Pa. I managed to stay near there until 1989 at which time my job with AT&T moved to Frederick, Maryland. I tried to commute the distance but after a year found it totally impractical. At age 45 I moved to Frederick, Md. and continued ham radio with mobile stations and indoor antennas. I retired from ATT in 1998 and began a career in IT network consulting, One of my clients liked my work and offered me a position in their company. I was then employed as a manager of the network engineering group for a large government GSE located in Reston, Va.
I lived in the town of Frederick 11 years, but because of the crazy tax burden, moved to WV early in 2005. I was working in Reston, Va at that time, a town that is, for all practical purposes, a suburb of Washington D.C. Rather than live in the city, I opted to live in the country and moved to Ranson, WV. I therefore ended up with a 50 mile one way commute to my work. Needless to say, the commute took a lot of time from my days, not to mention my work that seemed to be 7 days a week - 16 hours a day. During that period I didn't really have the time to do much of anything, let alone to dedicate time to putting a quality station on the air. I did managed to get up an antenna and make some contacts as stress relief. My station was a much superior to the indoor antennas I had living in Fredrick.
Ranson is a nice country town located in the West Virginia county of Jefferson. Most of the people around here work in D.C and either commute as I did or take the MARC train from the station about a mile North of town. Ranson is conjoined with Charles Town, so when in QSO I always say I'm in Charles Town because it is on the map ... Ranson, is not.
After 17 years of working at the GSE, my group was "outsourced" (the new 2015 code word for "laid off" ) and I retired in March of 2015 at the age of 68. Now there is plenty of time to work on my radios. I can't complain since it was the first time in my life that I had ever been out of work.
I love this hobby because of it's rich tapestry of technical areas that can be explored for years. Because of what I have learned in my pursuit of Amateur Radio, I have enjoyed a very pleasant and interesting life in the field of electronic communications. Along the way I have attempted to put a little something back into the hobby.
Some of my other interests are flying - both radio controlled models and my Mooney M- 20C that I use to visit my daughter and the grandkids in Denver, CO. I also do precision shooting/reloading, woodworking and metalworking. Additionally, I had been collecting radios for over 30 years and had collected over 200 "boat anchors", over 100 of them Hallicrafters.
Recently I have been selling off a lot of my collection and using the funds in "modernizing" my operating position. I have moved my reloading equipment to an area of its own and the shack has taken over this entire area of the game room. I have big plans for fixing it up. We shall see what actually makes it into "production" as time goes on. Being retired I now have a lot more time to get this completed.
I have a complete "K" line and it is the primary radio, with a Kenwood TS-2000 as a second position to use on 2 meters and 70 cm FM/Packet.
Aside from the Kenwood, I have an array of DB6NT transverters for 2 meters to 2304 Mhz ... however, the problem was antennas since I live in a development that has an HOA. Recently, I've obtained a waver for antennae from the president of my HOA, who is, at least for the time being, a friend of mine.This spring my tower will be going up along with an array of VHF/UHF beams. The HF antenna will be mounted on the shed I keep my lawn tractor in. I also have a 12 foot dish in the garage for deployment that I plan to use for EME work. It will be interesting to see how the neighbors respond to this.
ARRL AMSAT FISTS #17715 SKCC # 14925
Daily User Rig:
Trans: Elecraft K3s
Kenwood TS-2000 in backup mode
Amp: HF: Elecraft KPA-500
2M: Homebrew KW (2) GS-35B
23CM: DB6NT MKU PA 23CM-1000W CU
13CM: Homebrew (4) 75W Spectrian amps coupled - in construction
Antennas: HF: Force 12 40XR. (my favorite on 40M - works GREAT !!), ZeroFive 10-40 multiband Ground Plane Vertical, Radio Works Carolina Windom 40
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