I was originally licensed at age 15 back in 1963 as a novice. My call sign then was KN1FUG. My first rig was a Hallicrafters S-108 receiver and a home built transmitter from the 1955 edition of "How to Become a Radio Amateur". Before a year had elapsed I upgraded to the General class license, dropping the "N" in the call to become K1FUG. Several elmers were instrumental in helping me in my early years, my father for his support and encouragement, a neighbor Raymond Nystrom W1IL ex 1IL (sk), Jean Peacor K1IJV (sk), she was the YL editor of QST for many years and Sister Loretto Thomas (sk), K1ZOH trustee of the Cathedral High School Amateur Radio Club, K1UHA in Springfield, Massachusetts. They are gone now but their memories live on in my mind and my remembering them is a way to say thanks for all they did for me.
That was 50 plus years ago and between then and now I upgraded to Advanced class and then Extra. I was not always active, raising a family, two boys and a girl and puting that daughter through medical school and working a sucession of jobs can put a damper on your hobbies. But, I kept up my license and when I found the time put a few more contacts in the log. Today, my interests in ham radio are varied, from HF to VHF/UHF operations, voice and digital. My CW skills have been steadily increasing by using it more especially in SKCC contests (member # 10312). For equipment I have a FT-8800 for 2 & 440, in my daily ride, and in the shack I have a ICOM IC-775, a IC-746 PRO used mainly for digital comms and a FT-857D for portable work. I also have a Yaesu VX-6R which I use for working the FM satellites. My antennas include a Radio Works Windom for 80-6 meters and a Cushcraft A3S beam.
I am a casual contester and a DX'er from my home in southeastern Connecticut near the Groton/New London Submarine Base. I have been active in ARES, MARS and other Public Service activities since first being licensed. I retired from law enforcement, spent a few years teaching in the Connecticut school systems and was a IT specialist at a local Connecticut Casino. I am now employed as the Emergency Preparedness Assistant at ARRL Headquarters.
If you find yourself in Newington, please stop and say hello.
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