My first Ham Radio contact was on 10-Meter CW with KB6QLI as N8MCF on 16-Apr-90. I was quickly joined in this hobby by my dad (N8HG), Mom (KB8MMA), XYL (N8TPF/SK 21-Aug-05), and finally by my son-in-law (KB8UPU). Upon upgrading to Extra class N8MCF was replaced as AA8RB from 26-Nov-94 until I obtained the current call sign consisting of my initials on 12-Feb-97.
A former two-time President of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club, I was an active participant in the Kalamazoo County Michigan Ham Radio activities which included ARES/RACES, Sky Warn, and the the local ARRL VE Testing program.
A Worked-All-States certificate number 1889 was issued to me for confirming contact with hams holding Extra-Class-formatted call signs in the 75-meter SSB Extra-Class band. I also enjoy 10-Meters (10X #55489), have sent in logs for both a CW and SSB ARRL November Sweepstakes, am an ex MARS member (AAV5UO), and I especially enjoy rag-chewing around 7.030 mhz in QRP CW (FISTS #4106).I went off the air on 5-Apr-04 with my contact #7368; and am now back on the air as of 7-Nov-11 with contact with my local friend, N8XCP - so any QSO's during that period will be reported as Not In Log. My station is simple at this time: a Kenwood TS-850S into an old Cushcraft R7 vertical. It's great to be back on the air!
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