Hi, and thanks for checking my page. I started in ham radio in high school (1968) in Maryland with the help of Bill Cole K3YBN. Bill was a metal shop teacher and held morse code class after school. To this day, morse code is still a lot of fun and I have made many QSO's which would not have been possible without CW mode! I caught the 2 meter and VHF weak signal bug while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago. Got active on 2M from Illinois and received 2M VUCC number 4. Returned to Illinois after 8 years in the Navy. USN wanted me as a radioman, but I opted for electronics instead, and learned PMEL/test equipment. PMEL school was at Lowry AFB in Colorado. Little did I know I'd move back 20 years later, HI. Lived in Parker Colorado for 13 years. Was so impressed with HP gear, I lucked out and went to work for Bill and Dave in 1978. I now work for Agilent Technologies, a spinoff of the HP test and measurement divisions. Moved to Colorado after joining the Call center with Agilent. I spent most of my time on VHF and microwaves, and helped build the radio barn at W0EEA. Jim is a top-notch contester and I will miss all of those "barn runs".
Our latest adventure is our move to Maine in the fall of 2010. We are near the eastern-most point in USA and it's amazing how easy it is to work Europe. So far several nice openings on 6M have netted over a dozen new countries. The garage and shack are complete, and the 30 foot tower has a 6M beam and 13 el 2M beam. It's a work-in-progress :-) I'd like to find one more 10' section and that will be as high as I can go considering fierce winds in the fall on the NE coast of Maine. On HF is a Carolina Windom which is a great DX antenna. This antenna can see the atlantic ocean, which probably helps. Caught a good 6M opening to central america in the June 2011 VHF contest and added 7 new countries in short order. Another nice 6M opening with a run of 250 QSO's in 4 hours. Wow! 3 elements and 100 Watts on 6M works great from the corner of the continental USA. If you need a QSL from FN64 or Maine, I do reply to all QSL cards. Let me know if you want a sked (call me 207-726-5025 if you think the band is open to me!)
The new call arrived in August 2011, KT1R is a good call for both SSB and CW. Less confusion on my location, hopefully!
Ham radio has taught me a lot, and keeps me out of trouble. Not really, it presents a lot of trouble, but that's life, HI. Drop a line or I'll catch you on the bands. 73 de KT1R ex N9KC ex WN3KGC ex WA3KGC ex NNN0PVP -- XYL is KN1TME (yes, she knits!!!)
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