CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THIS WONDERFUL HOBBY (APRIL 1954)
My friends call me "Tony". My wife Nancy and I live in Chickamauga, GA http://www.cityofchickamaugageorgia.org/. We are about 2 miles SSW of the Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield: http://www.nps.gov/chch/index.htm and in the foothills of Lookout Mountain, see: http://www.lookoutmountain.com/pages/gallery.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Mountain . For more information on the Battle of Chickamauga, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chickamauga . This area is frequently referred to as "The Scenic Center of the South". We are near Chattanooga, TN sometimes called "The Dynamo of Dixie". Other natural beauty located nearby includes: http://gastateparks.org/info/cloudland/ and Chickamauga Lake, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickamauga_Lake . Also see: http://www.parkmaps.com/USA/Georgia/State/Crockford_Pigeon_Mt-ga/
First licensed as WN4FOA in April 1954. Other calls held include EL2AD, 7Q7AA, PY1ZBA. Prefer to work CW but I do work some SSB, primarily DX-related. Enjoy chasing DX on all HF bands. Have 9BDXCC and I now have worked and confirmed all of the current DXCC countries . I enjoy QRP operation and currently use an Elecraft K2 (#2213), SW-40, AC-1, DC-40 and a homebrew 6AG7/6L6 etc. I also enjoy operating boatanchor gear which includes a Johnson Viking Adventurer, Viking Challenger, Globe Chief Model 90-A, an Eico 720 and an Eico 723 with a HG-10B VFO and a Heath AT-1. Also use the Drake 2NT - 2C/2CQ combo. Recently added a neat Lysco 600 transmitter. Boatanchor receivers include a Hallicrafters SX-100, SX-110, SX-71 and the incredible Drake 2B/2BQ combo.
Hold QRP DXCC and 2 Way QRP WAS. I find the SOTA and IOTA programs fascinating and like chasing the islands on the air and reading the geographical sketches. I have a very modest telegraph key collection (approxmiately 100). My favorite keys include my first bug, a Johnson Speed-X purchased in 1954, a Bunnell sideswiper (or cootie) key which are often used on the air. I also am an inactive Philatelist (USA Mint/NH) and have recently taken up a new hobby in the field of lapidary. I am an elder in our Church, and former chairman and co-founder of "The Least of These" which is a small local organization providing support to needy children (food, school supplies, clothing, and limited medical and dental assistance).
My wife Nancy (K2NAN), is an internationally and nationally Certified Grief Recovery Specialist/Trainer. She has her Doctorate in Ministry, Christian Counseling. She is writing a book which will be published in the next couple of years. She is an active Missionary having recently served in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and Trinidad/Tobago where she works with Pastors, Churches; Orphanages, etc. teaching them how to effectively deal with pain and suffering in their congregations. Future plans include returning to the previously mentioned countries as well as wherever God leads and directs. You may find her webpage: http://www.sunriseatmidnight.com of interest. 73 and CU in the pileups. Tony
SKCC 0641T - FISTS 5959 - QRPARCI 374 - A1 OP - CFO 550 - OOTC 3247 - QCWA 14924 - Former FOC 1672 - CWOps 229 - A1 Club 2169 - CBLA (3579) -
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