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My teens in Connecticut. Listening to an AM Broadcast station from Long Island I could hear only at night and ,wondering why only at night? started me into CB radio when I built a Heathkit transceiver with a regenerative receiver. Back then very few of us were on CB and we all knew each other, used it like an intercom. I met an old timer on that CB who was a Ham, Callsign W1CMX.

With phonetics like Whisky One Constipated Mother Xavier it was really hard to forget him and he whetted my appetite for radios and electronics. In 1962 I joined the Navy and trained for a year to be an ELectronics Technician.
I experienced the changes from Tubes to Hybrid circuits, to solid state circuits, and more recently, Surface Mount Technology.
When I left the Navy in 1970 to work for an OCR(Optical Character Recognition) company, they sent me to classes on their equipment and I came face to face with Logic circuits for the first time. Logic? NOT!! Could not understand how these funny little icons worked, until my instructor Jim Trail spent evenings teaching me what was inside these funny looking icons called Gates. He even hand drew the schematics for me and Once I saw the actual circuits, no problems. That man saved my career!
I relocated several times with my job and it wasn't until I landed in Johnstown, PA where I met Tom, WA3CPH and Chet, K3EDV.  My new friends were a big help and I passed my Advanced license test at the FCC office in D.C. in 1977 but couldn't pass the 20 wpm code test for Extra. I wasn't too thrilled with CW in those days.

I again moved to Staten Island, NY and worked in the city. One evening I was talking to WA3CPH back in Johnstown PA on 80 meters when I heard a 'CLUNK' that just about blew my eardrums. That's how I met KB2EF! Bob lived about two blocks from me and we would talk on 80 meters, with both of us operating into a dummy load!  We became lasting friends to this day. I again moved with my job to South Florida and was QRT for a few years.
When I finally went QRV again I found many new things like Digital Modes and I decided to go back to CW and learn the proficiency I never had. Today I'm retired and operate CW and QRP 99.9% of the time.

First licensed WB3HHS in 1977, I enjoyed building, and played with RTTY when it was gears and oil. Moved to Southeast Florida, becoming KE4UN. I couldn't resist when my initials became available with the correct 4 prefix, hence W4RQ.

My Stuff... Elecraft's KX-3 is a simply amazing little rig, with a HyGain AV-640 Vertical above the roof and my key of choice, the TinyBug built by another Richard..WB9LPU is the perfect companon to the KX-3. My Home Brewed Small Magnetic Loop antenna for portable use On The Road, or a day at the park. I love when it all comes together!

I'm still working on that CW proficiency! One of these days I will get there, and in the meanwhile, I'm enjoying the Ride!

                                                          QRP: for When you care enough to send the very least.              

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