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Life Member: ARRL; Member: Benton County ARC, Eastern Iowa DX Assn, QRP-ARCI, NAQCC, NCVA-FRUPAC

Former Calls: WN0FYG - 1963, WA0FYG 1963-1996, KA7CW 1970-1972

Graduated University of Northern Iowa 1968; USN Communications (Cryptologic)Technician R Branch 1968-1972; NCTC Pensacola, FL; USNSGA Cheltenham, MD; USNSGD Medina Annex, TX; USNSGA Hakata, Japan.

Executive Vice President, Mt. Auburn Savings Bank, 1972-1987; Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Gay Hospital, 1987-1990; Owner & President, The Solutions Store, Ltd., 1990-2006, Retired 2006

Married to Betsy Fischer, Vinton, IA 1968. One grown son, Ross (1972), 2 grandsons,. 3 slightly berserk cats, Webster, Chloe & Angel.

The Butternut HF9V looks a bit chilly here, but still works well, as does the K4KIO Hex Beam on the roof. After a prolonged spell of inactivity, I'm back on the air with a new Flex-6500 and hard at it chasing the DXCC Challenge award and finishing off DXCCs on 40, 30 and RTTY to go with the completed ones on the higher bands.  I QSL 100% on LoTW, as well as eQSL.

In 1968 after graduating university, I enlisted in the US Navy and was selected to become what was then called Communication Technician (now known as Cryptologic Technician) 'R' branch. During my tour of duty with the Navy I worked Manual Morse collection and traffic analysis for the Central Security Service, the military arm of another three letter agency that's recently been in the news...wink


I'm still primarily a CW operator, though I've been active on RTTY since back in the days of tubes and mechanical teleprinters...

I've been a private pilot, but my lovely vintage 1946 Aeronca Chief was destroyed in a windstorm in 2011, so now my other main hobby these days is riding my Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle. I make it a rule to ride it at least one or two days every month of the year, even during the winter.

Primarily a DX'er you can usually find me on the low end of the bands, but if you catch me on SSB, I'll be glad to have a long ragchew anytime.


"The King has note of all that they intend, by interception which they dream not of. "

Henry V, Act ll, Scene 2.



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