I QSL 100% via LOTW.
All Cards received with an SASE for US stations and an envelope with $2 for DX will get their cards direct ASAP.
Please QSL and send all your logs to QRZ, LOTW, and HAMLOG. Thanks...
The Summer of 1968 is when I got my first license as WA1IMU-WN1IMU, Tech and Novice licenses together. I had just moved to Albuquerque New Mexico from East Haven Ct. and was dying to get on the air. No gear.
My first rig was a Heathkit AT1 and a Heath GR64 Regen receiver. It sucked but I managed to get on the air and have been licensed ever since.
Two of my uncles, Bill, K1WKH (SK) and Fred K7YXX (twins) and uncle Howard put the electronics and Ham Radio bug in me at an early age. I have vivid memories of Bill arriving at the house with a Cleag 22er and a halo on his Rambler and of his shack in Meridan CT with a Drake B Line and home brew kw (2-813's in GG as I recall.)
Since then, I have been WA5YXN (advanced) while a senior at Manzano High School (school call WA5RAA) then moved to Colorado and became WBØGMF and eventually KØQZ in 1976. I held that call long after I moved to Arizona in 1979. I finaly decided I wasn't going back to Ø land so I might as well get a new 2 letter call so in 1999 I had a new life and a new wife so I made myself a birthday present of K7DD. I really wanted a double letter call. ;>)
I was involved for a number of years in the Amateur TV group here in Phoenix and was the president of the club for a few years and on the board.
Then I discovered QRP, again, and I haven't been the same ever since. ;>) The local club, The AZ ScQRPions, is a great bunch. They reminded me what ham radio was like when I got started. Building, scrounging, and inovating are mixed in equal parts with operating and best of all it is mostly CW. I have been operating portable, mobile and in the field and having a good time with 5 watts, a battery and a wire. Simple and fun.
Over the years I have done a lot of radio. DXing and CW were allways my passions and I still enjoy building and repairing RF Amplifiers but I have done Satelites, RTTY, Digital modes of all kinds, SSTV, and building antennas of all kinds. I figured if you got board in this hobby, its your fault. There is just too much to keep you busy and there is always something new on the horizon.
My lovely bride of 14+ years now is Paulett, N7XYN, (yea, she missed it by a smidge) rarely gets on the air herself but understands my passion for the hobby because she has her own addiction to deal with. Quilting and Sewing.
She started on E-Bay (Anties Closet) selling Barbie Stocking and Gloves which make me crazy watching her sew. Vewy Vewy tiny! I would be cross eyed in 20 minutes. Then again, she watched me build a rig with SMT parts and said the same thing.
I retired in May 2010 from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office where I worked for the last 25 years as a Detention Officer (guard) and spent the last 16+ working in the Psych Unit. Yeah, my friends say now they understand me and my hobby better when I tell them where I worked. ;>)
For fun I also work part time for HRO in Phoenix and it keeps my hand in the gear and gives me a chance to play "Answer Man" for the new guys just getting their feet wet with the hobby.
Now perhaps I'll have the time to get my tower up and get ready for the next sunspot cycle. Having had my laptop stolen that had ALL of my electronic logs in it, no back up, (DUUUUHHH!) I figured I might as well start over and make the best of it.
Currently I spend my time operating on 160 thru 70cm and riding my new recumbent trike. Who knows what I'll do for fun next but going fishing and camping is high on my list.
If you hear me on the air, give me a call.
Best 72, 73. Mike Baker K7DD
And Please, QSL....
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