My initial exposure to the “magic” of radio came when an uncle brought home an antique GE console radio. The glow of the tubes, foreign voices, and strange, un-intelligible Donald Duck voices (SSB without a BFO) peaked my curiosity. Shortly after, a local Ham, Mark, WB2ERS, gave me an external BFO and I was off and running, the Donald Duck voices now readable.
In 1976 my Elmer, Brian, WA2WXG, (sadly now a silent key) helped me earn my novice ticket. I operated a few years as WN2APJ. Throughout the rest of the seventies and eighties I was away from Amateur radio, but my interest peaked again in the nineties and I have been fairly active since.
Although I am interested in all aspects of Ham Radio, I mainly operate CW. My favorite radio for CW work is my trusty Elecraft K2/100. You can often find me in the lower portion of the bands calling CQ and answering them as well. I also operate QRP. My main radio for SSB operations and Net operations is now a Yaesu FT-950.
My other hobbies are; kayaking, and playing the guitar. In 2011, I retired from a federal law enforcement agency as an electronics technician, and went full swing building up my small custom woodworking business.