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First licensed as WN4BRS in 1971. I was in the Navy and stationed in Albany, GA. My station 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. 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! This was followed by a Heathkit SB-102 transceiver that I built in 1974 and used until 1981.  Other rigs owned were the Ten Tec Corsair and Kenwood TS-440SAT.

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 Ten Tec Jupiter at 100 watts and a G5RV 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 need 39 more on 80 meters. Have 100+ on 17 meters too. Finished DXCC on 30 and 12 meters in March of 2014. Now will need to rework the antenna "farm" so I can snag those elusive stations on 80 meters!  I recently added the TimeWave Navigator to shack and am back working PSK31 and RTTY.  Entered my first RTTY contest in 2015 and now the bug has hit to chase the PSK/JT65/RTTY WAS and DXCC awards too.

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 and also earned the ARRL Centennial WAS award.  Closing in on the ARRL Triple-Play Award with just 1 more state needed on digital mode only.

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 Joe is KB9AMI.

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