First licensed as WN4BRS in 1971. I was in the Navy and stationed in Albany, GA. My rig consisted of the Conar Twins, a few crystals and a 40 meter dipole. I still have the transmitter and receiver sitting on the top shelf in my shack. For those of you who don't know, these units came as part of an Amateur Radio General Licensing Course sold by the National Radio Institute out of Washington, D.C.. The ham who gave me my Novice exam (Jim, W4APT - SK) helped me align the receiver after I built it. The transmitter put out about 25 watts and I had reports of it chirping quite often! But those were the days.
I've held my current call since 1973 and while in the Navy, I operated as a Maritime Mobile while stationed aboard two different aircraft carriers. We ran tons of phone patches for the crew and this of course was back in the day before cell phones and satellite radios. My current station consists of a TenTec Jupiter at 100 watts and a end-fed antenna along with a Hygain AV-18 vertical. I enjoy ragchewing, a bit of contesting, and chasing DX. I also have a Ten Tec Scout 50-watt rig that I use for Field Day each year.
Currently working on 5 Band DXCC. Have reached 100+ on 40/20/15/10 and am getting closer on 80 meters. Have 100+ on 17 meters too. Just finished DXCC on 30 and 12 meters here as of March 2014. Now will need to rework the antenna "farm" so I can snag those elusive stations on 80 meters!
Favorite mode is CW.
Earned DXCC-Mixed, DXCC-CW, DXCC-Phone, WAC, and WAS-Mixed over the years. Also earned WAS-CW from Illinois via LoTW. Reached the DXCC Challenge 1,000 level in November 2014.
Married to KA9QXI - the best thing that ever happened to me was to meet Sandy. I was delivering a radiogram from Handihams to her. The rest is history.
My son is KB9AMI and trying to get him radio-active again.
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