I'm now 70 years young and retired.
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, a First Class Electronics Technician, Then moved around a bit with my civilian job, Chicago, Tulsa, and Johnstown, PA where I met Tom WA3CPH & Chet K3EDV and with their help, was first licensed as Advanced Class in 1977, after passing the exam in the Washington DC FCC office. Couldn't quite get the required 20 wpm CW for 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. I love to run QRP both at home and portable.
My station consists of an Elecraft KX-3 with a Hard Rock 50 Amp for Digital modes, an AV640 Vertical above the roof, and several CW keys, including a Begali Sculpture Swing sideswiper, and a WB9LPU TinyBug made by another Richard(one far more talented than I). A Yaesu FT-1000D for DXing (It's addictive!) was added January 2015, and in November I put up a tower with a Steppir DB-11 at 53 feet. The Steppir is by far the best performing antenna I've ever owned. I'm still working on the CW proficiency thing and thoroughly enjoying the Ride.
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