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During my Teens in Connecticut I met an old Ham(W1CMX) and with phonetics like Whisky One Constipated Mother Xavier he was hard to forget. That whetted my interest in radios and electronics. I joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 and seperated in 1970 as a First Class Electronics Technician.

I moved around a bit with my new civilian job, Chicago, Tulsa, and Johnstown, PA where I met Tom WA3CPH & Chet K3EDV and with the help of my new friends I was first licensed as Advanced Class in 1977, after passing the exam in the Washington DC FCC office. Couldn't quite get the 20 wpm CW for my Extra, I wasn't too thrilled with CW at the time.

First Licensed WB3HHS, then KE4UN after moving to Plantation Florida in1982. I was QRT for a few years and came back to all the new Digital Modes and decided to work towards the CW proficiency I never had. When my initials became available as a 4 area vanity call, I couldn't resist. Hence W4RQ !

I joined the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC # 8699 S) a very active group of CW enthusiasts (nearly 14,000 members ) dedicated to promoting mechanically generated Morse Code through the use of Straight Keys, Bugs, and Sideswipers(Cooties). I'm a member of SFDXA, Broward ARC, Davie/Cooper City ARC, & QCWA. I am also an ARRL VEC.

Equipment: The amazing Elecraft KX-3 an AV640 Vertical above the roof, and my key of choice, the WB9LPU TinyBug made by another Richard, one far more talented than I. I built a Hard Rock-50 amp with ATU to use with the KX-3 for RTTY and PSK31.

I recently added a Yaesu FT-1000D and started doing some DXing.    It's addictive!

I'm still working on that  CW proficiency thing, and will someday achieve my goal.

In the meantime.................. I'm enjoying the Ride !

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