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Walt Beverly - Lynn Haven, FL

Upper picture is my almost original station, circa 1963 - a DX-60A, HQ-170AC, Heath HG-10B external VFO, a Sixer and a Homebrew Vacum Tube Keyer. The HQ-170 replaced the original Heath AR-3 with QF-1 Q-Multiplier.

Ex WA4HVC, WA3RDU and WN4HVC.

Life Member ARRL, Life Member AMSAT, Ten-Ten International #3445, QCWA, Florida Contest Group, Alabama Contest Group, INDEXA

Grid EM70ef, Bay County Florida.

Ham history is shown below this paragraph. After reading Bob Locher's (W9KNI) book A Year of DX, I decided to edit this bio and lead with a little non-ham personal history. I retired from US Navy Civil Service in Jan 2012. I'm doing part-time consulting now for Navy hovercraft programs. Have worked for the Navy one way or the other for 46 years altho never in uniform. Graduated from Va Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Masters in Systems Management from University of Sou California. Also graduated from US Naval Test Pilot School, project engineer program. The biggest accomplisment of my life is my two daughters. One is here in the states with her daughter and significant other. The other is a Navy Lieutenant, Navy Nurse - and started a 3 yr tour at the Naval Hospital Guam with her husband, also a Navy LT,and her 1 year old son in June 2013. BTW, I highly recommend both of Bob's books especially if you're a DX'er.

When 15 years old and a sophomore in high school, first licensed as WN4HVC in June 1962 in Richmond, VA. The next summer I upgraded to Conditional General (the early equivalent of a VE administered exam) and traded the N for an A - WA4HVC.

Ham radio took a backseat while in college but after graduating from VaTech in 1970, I got the bug again. Studied the code and theory and upgraded to Advanced in front of an examiner at the FCC Offices in Wash DC. New call was WA3RDU. A few years later, I decided to carry two calls (RDU and HVC) since I was traveling so much to Florida.

Went thru fits of lots of operating to none until finally decided to get more serious and upgrade to Extra in '92. When the vanity call program was announced, I was ready but wasn't lucky with any of the first 25 choices. My request went into the infamous Work in Progress (WIP) stack. Finally found out what the problem was and resubmitted. This time I got lucky and got a Wx2 call just like the OOTCs had when I was a kid.

Have been active in many different facets including traffic, MARS, contesting, 10-10, county hunting, packet, rag chewing, analog satellites and now in retirement DXing and Contesting again. Started working digital modes especially RTTY and PSK31, but still favor SSB followed by CW. DX totals are climbing rapidly now that I have time to operate and not commuting to DC from the Florida Panhandle on a weekly basis.

I QSL 100% of received QSLs (if you're in the log) but I do appreciate an SAE. It really does speed things up. If you need Bay County, FL or just a Florida QSO, feel free to send an email or postcard and I'll do my best to accomodate. I'm retired now and operate 80M and 40M thru 10M - SSB, CW, BPSK and RTTY. Should have 160M before the summer is out.

Present station includes FTDX-9000D, FT-1000D, Alpha 9500, Acom 1500, Ameritron AL-1200, Alpha 2000 Dummy Load, Alpha 4510 Power/SWR meter, FT-736, TM-742, TM-733, TM-231, TM-D700, FT-2500, FT-530, DJ-C1, IC-R8500 and Dentron AT-15 tuner. Antennas are KLM 40CX and 22CX for sats, Mosely Pro 67B, G5RV,Diamond 6 meter vertical, 2 meter vertival. Ringo Ranger duoband, discone, homebrew j-pole, 30M Inverted Vee,and two 75/80 meter dipoles.

Had a 2 meter digi up for 5 years.

Rev: W4GV - Mon 20 May 2013

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