I respond to all QSLs. No SASE required.
I've been a ham for 30 years now, active on and off every few years depending on the QTH/antenna situation. Originally held KA9JRI, then AA0DL, and AA9BI hailing from Indiana originally, then Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and now (for the 2nd time) California. In autumn 2011 I started chasing DX, and having fun doing it. I still do a lot of ragchewing. I monitor 28.420 MHz often day and night.
While in Wisconsin I worked for a while at Collins Radio (Rockwell Collins) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the early 90's on aircraft avionics systems. I was a member of the Collins Amatur Radio Cub. I also did phone patches for overseas US troops and their families using Collins' mighty HF MARS station from their "Comm Central" facility with its legendary antenna farm. From Comm Central I could choose seperate transmitters and receivers that could were located in Cedar Rapids, Texas, and Downey, California all connected by dedicated phone lines.
I moved here to the Mojave Desert from the shore of Lake Michigan back in early 2009; what a difference being able to see water to the horizon from our yard to seeing hot dry dirt to the horizon! I am working for the US Navy at Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division at China Lake (near Death Valley) as an embedded software/ electrical engineer on missile computer and aircraft software. Fun job.
I enjoy motorcycling. I have an old Harley Davidson Softail and an even older Honda Goldwing (147,000 miles and never had a breakdown). I do a lot of medium to long distance touring on both bikes. I hope to get back into dirtbiking again soon too, sold my old Honda XR a few years ago.
I am on the far left with my 1993 Goldwing GL1500/6 Aspencade. My riding buddies and I were on the west coast of mighty Lake Michigan on the absolutely gorgeous Leelanau Penninsula where I hope to retire eventually. We are standing on a scenic overlook of Lake Michigan at over 300 feet above the water on a tree and grass covered sand dune, on highway M-22, just north of Arcadia, MI.:
This is my XYL at a park on the Kern River between Kernville and Bakersfield, California, just west of where we live:
And this is her with her car on Lake Michigan just north of Muskegon, MI. We still own a house there on the shoreline. That car has cost me more in speeding tickets than it ever did on gas!
Ridgecrest, California "Gateway to Death Valley"
SKCC Member #4978
FISTS Member #6896
Member of "Sierra Amateur Radio Club of the High Desert" WA6YBN
Founding Member of Dawgs M.C. of Dane, WI
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