Licensed 1961 KN1RNA at Otis AFB, Massachusetts, on Old Cape Cod, just after my family got back after 4 years in Japan and on Okinawa. I'm an Air Force brat. Abt 6 months later became K1RNA. I got my dad interested in amateur radio. My novice rig was an Eico 720/RME6900. He got his Novice after I got my General. When dad got his novice, then we got Collins gear. Go figure. With the exception of the Novice test, I took the written and code tests for General, Advanced and Extra in front of an FCC Field Office Engineer. VEC's? What are they?
My dad (K1SZK now SK) was career Air Force and a WO1. I was born in Laredo Texas. I have lived in Panama, the Panama Canal Zone, (then KZ5 now HP) when I was a pup, Yokota AFB Japan (then KA2), Johnson AFB Japan (also KA2 - KA2BE, now K8BGI got me seriously interested in amateur radio), Grant Heights Japan, Naha AFB Okinawa (then KR6, now JR6) , McClellan AFB Calif., Langley Air Base, VA, Otis AFB on Cape Cod and places I can't remember. Used to spend most of my free time at the base MARS station, K1AIR. I also ocasionally would operate K1AIR as net control for the Texas Tower Net which met daily on 3935 kHz. I've spent more time on Air Force bases than most career airmen. Got to see President Kennedy up close many times. Became an SWL as a teenager at Yokota when my dad brought home a BC-348 out of one of the B-29's he flew. He was a Flight Engineer most of his AF career on B-29's and EC-121C's. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetary. I Graduated from Bourne HS on Cape Cod too many years ago.
Boot camp NTC Great Lakes in July of 1964
Operated K1RNA/MM/KG4/KV4/KP4 and ran phone patches galore. Made RM3. Other calls held were WB2ZMI and W2HPQ. Made two Med cruises. Had COMDESRON 36 flag aboard and 15 RM's went Port & Starboard. BAD NEWS! Flag RMC would change xmtrs & rcvrs on the patch panel when we wern't looking. Ships RM's caught flack for his handy work! (until we caught him at it). Excellent radio crew. The best communicators ever!
1967 - 68 U.S.S. Henley, DD-762, (NHXW) Reserve Tin Can. Made RM2. Three RM's cadre crew. One RMC, one RM2 (me) and 1 RM3. A/C in radio shack was a screen door (really). One weekend a month at sea. Two weeks at sea (mostly GITMO) once a year. It was tough but sombody had to do it. 1968 - Got a FLASH msg from COMCIVLANT. No more FTG GITMO! No more Naples! No more Texas Bar, New York Bar. No more North Atlantic in the winter, etc. etc. etc. I've visited or lived in the following countries and islands (that I can remember): Panama, Panama Canal Zone, Tokyo, Nara, Kobe, Hachioji, Japan, Naha Okinawa, Taipei & Keelung, Taiwan, Midway Is., Malta, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Gibraltar, Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona and Palma De Mallorca Spain, Lisbon Portugal, Capri, Mexico, Canada, St. Thomas (USVI), Hawaii and probably a couple more that I can't think of at the moment. I have DXCC for Phone, CW, Mixed and RTTY. Don't know the country count.
Moved to Lansing, NY (Upstate NY) after Uncle Sams Canoe Club. 8 years as an ET with NCR then Field Svc Eng with Hi-Speed Checkweigher in Ithaca for 8 years. Too much travel and too many chicken processing plants, then 25 years as Project Engineer and Sr. Assoc. Eng. with ETL Testing Labs (now Intertek). Retired Halloween 2008 and moved to Albuquerque. No more NY winters. No more NY taxes! In New Mexico, you can buy a loaf of bread in a grocery store w/o paying sales tax but you can't buy a loaf of bread in a bakery w/o paying sales tax. HUH? I am a volunteer at N5VA at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital here in Albuquerque. We run an open net Monday thru Thrusday on 14.287 MHz.at 1800Z. Any and all are welcome to join us and the many other VA Hospitals. I keep adding things as I remember them. Bare with me. Licensed for over 50 years. HOLY MOLEY!
Radios used daily here are a Collins 30S-1 linear (4CX1500B - "Eargesplitten Loudenboomer und Antennagemelten"),Kenwood TS-850SAT & TS-940SAT w/Behringer B2 studio mic, TS-950SAT, IC-7000, MFJ-998 Autotuner, AT-11 Autotuner, W9GR DSP III, IC-2720, IC-229H, Tennadyne T-8, 8 element Log Periodic at 60' (20m), Diamond 2m/70cm vert. on top, all-bands from the car with an IC-7000 and High Sierra remotely tuned 160m - 6m antenna, various pieces of digital equipment for RTTY, PSK, JT-65 and other modes. The LPDA and tower are pictured below. The tower is a motorized U.S. Tower MA-550MDP. Easy raising and lowering for thunderstorms and high winds here in ABQ. The tower lowers to about 33' (10m). Just (2/5/12) completed upgrading the TS-850S with a Trimble Thunberbolt GPS Disciplined Oscillator phase locked to the gps satellites at 10 MHz with an accuracy of 1.5*10e-12 Hz. Calibration standards used here are two FE-5680A Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standards and two Thunderbolt GPSDO's.
QSL's, Outgoing: to you direct, your QSL mgr or your bureau.
QSL's, Incoming: to me direct or to the W2 QSL bureau
w2hpq at earthlink dot network
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