First licensed at age 13 in 1961 as WN0AOO, living in Council Bluffs, IA. My Novice classes were at World Radio Labs. Upgraded to general - WA0AOO - then moved to Illinois, and got my First Class Commercial Radiotelephone and Second Class Commercial Telegraph with Radar Endorsement when about 16 years old. New calls in Illinois were WA9GBW and WA9IVS. Used WA9GBW until about 1976 when I was licensed as K9MX. Father is N9MX (SK) and brother is W0MX. Served 23 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1992. Held DA2JS while stationed in Germany. Then Director, Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice until 2003. Director, Command, Control and Interoperability, for U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Skydiver until I got too old (several hundred jumps), master parachute rigger, commercial pilot, amateur photographer. DXCC, WAS, WAC, Royal Order of the Wouff Hong, Brass Pounders League. Net Control Station at the Pentagon to support rescue operations after 9/11 attacks. Held various positions in ham radio over the years, including Official Observer Coordinator for Illinois, NCS of ILN, Official Observer in Illinois andVirginia, Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, President of Pentagon Amateur Radio Club and Stafford Amateur Radio Association, others. Member, Radio Club of America, QCWA, OOTC, MTC and Life Member, ARRL.
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