I received my first amateur radio license (KN5IID) on November 12, 1956 at age 14. In early summer 1957 the Novice call was upgraded to a General license by dropping the N. At that time home was Ft Worth, Texas. Soon Contests and DXing and Certificate Chasing became prime interests and remain the same today. County hunting is something I started long before there was such an "organized" county hunting endeavor. In 1957-58 Donn, K5IHD and I started trying to work all New England counties on 15 meters AM in the evenings. Donn finally succumbed to other interests and I pushed forward. A few years later nets started popping up that helped county hunters aim toward the top.
I have long believed that contest operators and a lot of net operators are very well trained individuals that can jump into emergency situations and provide excellent communications skills.
My favorite contests are ARRL Sweepstakes, ARRL DX, ARRL 10 meter, CQWW, CQWPX, NAQP and of course the Texas QSO Party.
I served in the USAF from 1963-1966. A total of 3 yeras 4 months and 11 days...but who was counting? Actually, I tried to reup at the last minute but when I came back stateside the base retention officer and his assistant were both on leave. So it was civilain life for me.
After school and military obligations and some ins and outs of the hobby (real life does get in the way some times) I finally got to the point to where I could settle down and play.
We were transferred to Odessa, Texas where I really got active on my modest scale in my three favorite pursuits. After a few years there I was put on the China project of my company. And, yes, I did get to operate from China. I operated BY1QH in the CQWW both Phone and CW in 1986. I also operated several other times from there. It's a shame that it was at the bottom of the sunspot cycle. I was the first unsupervised Contest operation from China. Previously all operations had to be monitored.
After a few years I was assigned to Denver, Colorado where I operated mobile all over the western part of the continent. Next assignment was Farmington, New Mexico and after that Williamstown, WV. Both of those sites offered much fun due to the rarity of the location/section/state. At these locations I was really able to learn about the fun and effectiveness of operating QRP. After Williamstown, I worked in Algeria for 3 years but was never able to operate from there. I was in the middle of the Sahara Desert and can tell you some stories about sand storms and heat.Hi!
I qualify for the DXCC Honor Roll and maybe someday I will get the documents together to actually earn the sticker. I possess 5 Band DXCC, WAZ, Worked All Counties #661 as well as many other awards.
Currently my station consists of an FT-1000MP and a 2 element 5 band quad (20-10) and wire antennas for 30,40 and 80 mtrs. My preferred mode is CW (although I have never had a good fist...thank goodness for keyers) but I do operate SSB and have the equipment to get on digital modes but just have not done it again.
My family and I now reside in Hillsboro, Texas on an average city lot...which is all I have ever had access to with my average station and antennas. Throughout all my moves and travels I have kept the K5IID callsign since it is easy and fairly recognizable on CW,
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