I took the Novice test 2 weeks before my 15th birthday in March of 1968 in the St. Louis MO area and received WN0USA in early May. I upgraded to General (WA0USA) in November of the same year only to fall victim to Incentive licensing. I operated as ZF1KV in late March of 1969. Somebody bootlegged that call through April. I upgraded to Advanced in 1971 and finally to Extra in 1980. I moved from Columbia MO to South Florida , land of the HOA, in 1984. I operate mostly CW and enjoy operating mobile CW including the Florida QSO Party. I am a DX'er at heart and enjoy building and using stealth wire antennas as a result of living in an HOA. As of late 6 meters holds my attention. I have been able to install a "TV" antenna on the roof and have had fun in a couple of the VHF contests on 6m. I am trying to find the time to put a satellite station on the air after being innoculated with the bug by N8MH on an expedition to the Dry Tortugas last year (Google K4T and look at the video put together by the organizer of the expedition, AC2V). I also hold the Bahamian call C6AKV. I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to QSL 'ing. I like paper cards and am only now getting set up on eQSL and LOTW. I keep envelopes at the bureau and usually do outgoing batches every 6 months or so. I respond immediately to direct cards. I also hold F.C.C. 2nd Radiotelegraph, GROL and GMDSS Operator/Maintainer commercial licenses with Ship's Radar Endorsement. Be Radioactive. The picture is me copying the 2006 Field Day Bulletin with pencil and paper.
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