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I was born in Kansas City MO in 1937 and moved to Prairie Village KS at age 4. Graduated Shawnee Mission HS in 1955 and joined the Navy the same year. Was a control tower operator for 4 years before changing over to Aviation Electronics technician. Flew aircrew on P2 type aircraft as radio operator and sensor operator and C-118 aircraft as radio operator and loadmaster/second mech.


Before retirement I was maintenance chief for 13 F4N aircraft in squadron VF302 before they transitioned to F-14s.

I have 4 sons and 1 daughter, grandkids out the wazoo and 5 great grandkids spread all over the U.S.

I'm making a strong effort to spend all the kids inheritance and have a little to go. I plan for the last check I write to bounce.

All computers are built by me from on sale parts and monitors bought on close out specials. Home network is using Windows 10. Have built 6 multi core boxes from 3 core to 8 core to replace the old XP boxes and converting the old ones to Linux. Now using Win10 until Micro$oft quits supporting that too.

I retired from the Navy in 1976 and went to work for a hot oil pipeline doing electronics flow control and measurements amongst other repairs and installations. Was on call 24/7/365 for 25 years, so am now sleeping late in the mornings (0700).

I learned Morse in the Boy Scouts but didn't see much use for it as I wasn't lucky enough to have an Elmer at that age. I was listening to an old Zenith TransOceanic radio and heard Morse .. asked another person what it was and he translated it for me. I was hooked and re-learned the code. That enabled me to become an airborne radio operator and earn an extra $55/month "hazardous duty" pay. Now I must pay out of pocket for my travel. Much more than the Navy pay.

My Elmer, K0EDX, talked me into taking the test for Amateur Radio. I did and passed quite easily as I was in electronics already and had code up to 20 wpm as a crewmember and became KN0WEU. I took the test and received my Extra as soon as it was made known I would lose my favorite 25kc of each band.

I was quite active doing Navy MARS traffic for some years but that has slacked off and I am now back to the Real Ham Radio ... CW & JT9/65.

If you hear me calling, please stop by for my daily CW fix.

Current interest besides CW is JT9. Very interesting mode. Much better than JT65. One errant JT65 signal can wipe out 6 or 7 JT9 QSO's.

Health and Happiness to you and yours.




Great Quote: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." - Albert Einstein


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W9MDB 2016-09-24 30m JT9 EM49hv United States Michael D Black
N8LI 2016-09-24 40m JT9 FN41fl United States SALIM S HAMEED
N6VHF 2016-09-24 30m JT9 DM13at United States NEIL A JESSEN
W5KDJ 2016-09-24 30m JT9 EM20ck United States WAYNE M ROGERS
WN2T 2016-09-24 30m JT9 FM29kr United States GREGORY C POTTER
K6ERF 2016-09-24 40m JT9 CM87WX77 United States ROBERT J RUSSELL
PY2MET 2016-09-24 40m JT9 GG66NI58 Brazil Guilherme Augusto Lissandre Barbosa
W6JJY 2016-09-24 30m JT9 DM13bq United States ROBERT W BEYER
G4IUA 2016-09-23 40m JT9 IO91ti England Jeff Campbell
SM7VGQ 2016-09-23 40m JT9 JO77ok Sweden Oskar Forsén
DL8OBE 2016-09-23 40m JT9 JO52bn Germany Jens Luening
VE3UJK/QRP 2016-09-23 40m JT9 Canada
VE1LX 2016-09-23 40m JT9 FN84ir Canada Christopher S. McDonald
KD5EZK 2016-09-23 20m JT9 DM03ws United States WILEY P RITTENHOUSE
RM7L 2016-09-23 20m JT9 Russia Stanislav Nikolaevich Parkhomenko

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United States Counties Award#2890
Granted: 2016-07-21 23:28:02   (W3BI)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
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DX World Award#2093
Granted: 2015-06-03 03:20:02   (W3BI)

World Continents Award#6567
Granted: 2015-03-09 16:05:04   (W3BI)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
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    20 Meters Mixed
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United States Award#854
Granted: 2015-03-09 16:05:03   (W3BI)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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Grid Squared Award#5455
Granted: 2015-03-09 16:05:02   (W3BI)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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