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I was first licensed in 1961 at 14 years of age as WV6ZTY.  My novice test was administered by Dave Cortese, W6NOK, where are you now Dave?  I built a 5 watt 40M CW transmitter on a baking pan, it used a 6V6 oscillator and a 6V6 final amp and used a power transformer salvaged from an old TV chassis that I found in the trash of a local TV store. I operated exclusively on 40M CW during my Novice carear.  My early mentors were K6SEZ, K6JHV, W6TDH, and W6ACK, all SK now.

I began 2 years of active duty with USNR in 1967, spending most of that time assigned as the chief operator at KH6SP, US Naval Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor handling literally thousands of phone patches for military personel all over the Pacific and Viet Nam. When Super Typoon Sarah leveled Wake Island in September of '67, we were their non-stop link to the outside world for several days.  Leaving the Navy as an ETN2, I was employed as a technician at the Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator (HILAC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where I remained for 45 years, leaving as a Senior Electronics Engineer at their Advanced Light Source.

Now retired, I divide my time between my hometown, Albany CA, and my new ham QTH at Arnold CA in the Sierra Nevada mountains where I am currently assembling the station that wouldn't fit in Albany.  I am active in VHF/UHF mountain top contesting as well as Field Day and Sweepstakes.  A longtime interest has been rejuvinating HP test equipment from the last century, mainly Time & Frequency gear which led me to becoming one of ARRL's designated stations that transmit the precision signals for the Frequency Measuring Test where amateurs around the world refine their skills at measuring the frequency of  'off the air' signals to millihertz accuracy.

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