Radio has always fascinated me from as early as I can remember. My first memory was listening to french Canadian AM stations on our Zenith kitchen tabletop radio. My dad bought me a Hallicrafters S38C receiver which opened me to the world of short wave listening. I found my first pen pal through Radio Australia. After hearing these far away stations, I soon wanted to communicate with them and that's how I got interested in ham radio. I taught myself morse code on W1AW, studied hard and was rewarded with my one-year, non-renewable novice license when I was about 13 years old. My first call sign was WN3BKI. When I passed my General test, it was one of the proudest days of my life and received the call WA3EKK. Unfortunately, because of school and other matters, I left the hobby for a number of years and my license expired. I returned to the hobby when I worked in Washington, DC and, with the help of Senate station W3USS (Barry Goldwater helped found), I retook my General test and received the call KA3KTP. When I moved to my current QTH, I received my current call of N3EON. I enjoy dxing and ragchewing. My current station includes a Kenwood TS-570, Alpha 8410 and Ameritron AL-572 amplifiers, and an Alpha 4510 wattmeter. My antennas include a Force 12 XR-5 ten element five band yagi and a Force 12 40 meter rotatable dipole on a 40 foot self-supporting tower. Ham radio is a great hobby and has provided me with many wonderful memories. I learn something new from each QSO. Whenever world events look grim, I can count on the ham radio community to restore my faith in the basic decency and goodness of people.
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