Originally from Ohio and licensed WN8QYQ in 1973 at the age of 14. Forty-whatever year of licensure, but I was inactive for many years due to life and 20 years of skydiving getting in the way. With over 4000 jumps, I held instructor and/or instructor evaluator ratings in static line, tandem, and accelerated freefall as well as a Professional Exhibition Rating which allowed me to jump into stadiums. I began my career in public safety at 18, beginning as a cadet dispatcher working my way up the food chain to EMS Division Chief. I've been a Registered Nurse and Paramedic for 30+ years specializing in emergency medicine and worked as a rotorcraft flight nurse for many years. I've done some teaching at the university, been published, and been honored a time or two but the health care days are over for me. It's a long complicated story but please understand "burnout" is real. If you are a healthcare professional I may share my experience. So, I've kind of "Been there, done that, got the T-shirt".
This photo is my youngest son Mark making his first skydive with yours truly as pilot in command. Mark is 6'4" and I'm 5'9" making for a very interesting landing.
My current interests in amateur radio include HF CONTESTING, DX with 198 Confirmed via LOTW + some more on paper QSL cards. I enjoy tinkering with HF AMPLIFIERS, antenna experimentation, and a good ragchew. I say current interests because I'm a firm believer that if you get tired of one niche of the hobby, it's easy to follow another path. You just might learn something along the way. After 40+ years, I've become involved in the NTS and handling traffic with the South Carolina SSB Net. I find it enjoyable and appreciate the net control stations teaching me something new.
Current station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 with Heil ProSet Elite for contesting and an older FT-990 which I've put back on the air playing with digital modes. Front line amp is an Alpha 87A with a Heathkit SB-220 as a backup and play-with amp. The pair of 3-500Z's glowing in the shack is cool and nostalgic! Antennas = Hygain TH7DX @ 72', independent resonant dipoles for 40 and 80 meters hanging from the pecan tree in low NVIS configuration although they surprise me with some DX on occasion. I'm working on getting something going for 160 meters soon.
For you military aviation enthusiasts, I served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and as a 1LT just out of flight school, I took my C-141 Qualification Checkride on Tail #60177 from FFO to EDF. This aircraft is known as the Hanoi Taxi and evacuated the first POW's out of Vietnam. This aircraft is now on permanent static display at WPAFB Museum.
I upload logs weekly to LOTW. If you need a traditional QSL card for SC please send and I return 100%. I ask for a SASE for U.S. Amateurs. DXCC countries needed which are not using LOTW I'll send DIRECT for a QSL card with either IRC, green stamps, or PayPal. I also upload to Clublog which is a great way to request QSL's from DXpeditions. I'm no longer able to answer QSL cards sent via the Bureau. Consider LOTW for immediate confirmation. LOTW is the way to go!
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