If you live in Bel Air, MD or close to, please check out NEMARC on 146.595 Mhz simplex. We are small group and encourage you to join the group on the air. Put out your call someone might answer.
I was first licensed in 1978 at the age of 17 and grew up in Sparta, NJ (origin of the call). Worked hard on learning CW with my High School friend Dennis KA2AUR. Radio back then was a Yaesu FT-901 DM, which my Uncle helped me to buy (Thanks Uncle Bill). 1979 Sparta, NJ High School Graduate. Then upgraded to General in 1981 before entering the Marine Corps. Took the radio (Yaesu FT 707) with me while in the Marines (Air Traffic Controller) and reached the rank of Sgt. in three years meritoriously. Operated from NAS Millington, TN (W4ODR), MCAS Cherry Point, NC and MCAS Kaneohe, HI. After the Marines I put myself through college graduating from 1989 County College of Morris and 1992 Montclair State College.
I can remember many nights with my father listening on the Collins 51J4 receiver to SWL and WWV from time to time (hi hi) in the early sixties. My father encouraged me to become a ham. He could not quite get the Morse Code part of the exam back then, and that has driven me to love it. He supported the hobby wholeheartedly. He even helped me install a 3 Element Mosley CL-33 with a tower on top of his house. My Uncle procured the stainless steel guy wire from his job for the tower. What a set-up! Back in the 80's it was easy to work DX with that antenna! Now I have the antenna in the basement rafters. Maybe some day it will see service again. My brother also became a ham Ray N2CWB, now a SK. The wife is a ham KB3KZH, but not active. Just tolerates my activity for now.
Always enjoy operating CW, but will mix it up with SSB during contests. Finding the State QSO Parties to be a blast, lately. Looking for that new DX contact. You can find me mostly on 40 meter CW. Hoping to get up some good antennas in the future. Right now have a dipole at 30 feet and operate an Icom 746 PRO @ 100 watts. I also have a 5 element yagi for 6 meters @ 10 feet , a 14 element yagi for 2 meters @ 12 feet, a 20 meter dipole @ 20 feet and an end fed wire with a remote tuner. Surprising the end fed antenna loads up quite well. I am usually active during the VHF contests, mostly sending CW. Anyone have an idea on how to convince the wife to let me put a roof top tripod on our house? I am open to suggestions... hi hi
I now have my father's Collins 51J4 and Collins 32S-1 working. It is fun old technology, which listens pretty good for its age. Also have Yaesu FT 707, Yaesu FT 757, Yaesu FT 902 DM.
2012 June VHF contest netted me 66 contacts on 6 and 2 meters.
2012 Sept VHF contest netted me 64 contacts on 6 and 2 meters.
2013 CQ WW VHF contest netted me 51 contacts on 6 and 2 meters (shouldn't I be getting better?)
I love CW. If you would like to schedule a contact, please send me an E-Mail. I can send up to 20 WPM and I have patience.
Married and have four wonderful kids. Alicia 23 , Charles 11, Francis 8 and Mira 6 years old.
Happy Birthday Mira, Alicia, Dulce, Francis, and Charles 2016!
Wife (KB3KZH) graduating with high honors (Delta Mu Delta) University of Pheonix MBA and obtained her SBB certification (Specialty in Blood Banking).
Had a QSO with Piero Begali I2RTF on 20 meters 01/04/12 and he called me. Wow, what a great hobby!
Sorry no QSL cards.
Below is a picture of my 2 meter and 6 meter antennas. Notice you can see the top of the antenna. They are only at 10 feet and 12 feet.
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