Hello: The name here is "Bunky" which I inherited from the newspaper comic strip of the same name circa 1940s. I was born in Lebanon, Virginia , May 27, 1942, and was promply left at the hospital by my parents who where in an hurry to get home. I moved to Bristol, Tn.with my parents (when they remembered to come back to hospital for me) in 1943. At the tender age of 11 years I fell in love with aviation and my father agreed to let me take flying lesson at the local "flying field"- a grass airport filled with all those yellow "Cubs", all metal Luscombes and Ryans and Ercoupes,Taylorcrafts, etc I truly loved to fly, but my father, fearing that his only son would end up killing himself and perhaps others, decided to divert my attention to more earthly things--Ham Radio. Little did Dad realize what "wings" he had given me, and to him I will be eternally grateful.
Since becoming a ham with the help of several Elmers in 1955 I have enjoyed CW and lots of homebrewing. I work all bands, 630 Meters thru 12 mm (aka 24 Ghz ) mostly on cw, but a little ssb when conditions are good. At the present time I am enjoying restoring some of the "ancient gear" of my mis-spent youth. I usually have it on the air on a daily basis. My interest in electronics lead me to join the Navy and serve a brief hitch during the 'Nam era before returning to civillian life and rejoining WCYB-TV. There I was an RF technician for 35 years, before being fired for being "untrainable". My wife Linda, WB4SNW, and I have two grown daughters Jenny and Julie , both out on their own. We shared our home with three cats and were convinced that if cats could master the can opener and electric blanket control, they would have absolutely no use for humans. Linda, who was a nurse, became a "Silent Key " in July of 2001 . Her call sign was reissued to our older daughter Jennifer who became a ham so we could keep Linda's call "in the family". This made me SO VERY PROUD!!!!
I also enjoy writing ,some of which has appeared in the popular ham magazines since the late 60's. Other hobbies include, scuba diving , fishing for those wild stream smallmouth bass, and the shooting sports. For the past few years, I have been a seasonal employee at the Mt. Mitchell State Park in Western N.C. where I live. At an elevation of 6680 feet, I operate, mostly the microwave bands.
In 2002 I was fortunate to meet another fine lady. Her name was Barbara and she became a loving companion of mine for 8 years. She got her ham ticket, KI4JIC, so we could keep in touch while I was away at work at Mt. Mitchell State Park. Barbara was so much like my first wife Linda that it was" Deja Vue all over again" Barb and I travelled alot and did the things that older folk do in their "silver years". I later became her care giver when her kidneys failed. We did the in home daily dialysis on a nightly basis for two years. I have been blessed with the love of two wonderful women
OH , by the way, the cat count is up to EIGHT now - I can't afford to get married again!!!!So. there you have it from the "Virtual Cornucopia of Vast and Useless Knowledge". I hope our paths will cross via the "truly basic digital mode"--CW-- some day soon. PLEASE , PLEASE DON'T JUST READ THIS BIO AND GO ON YOUR WAY----ENGAGE ME IN CONVERSATION--LET'S NOT REPLACE "ON THE AIR CONVERSATION VIA REAL HAM RADIO" WITH INTERNET E-MAILS !!!! ALSO,PLEASE REFRAIN FROM QSLING- I SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO NOR WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PART OF THE HOBBY ANY LONGER- THANKS. Until then, 73 de K4EJQ AR SK dit dit
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