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I was born in October 1957 in Marion, VA and have spent most of my life in the mid-Atlantic region between Marion, Johnson City, TN, Bristol, TN, Richlands, VA, Parkersburg, WV, Roanoke, VA, and Richmond, VA. I retired after spending nearly 21 years in the insurance profession, most recently as a marketing director. I have two sons, Adam age 20, and Andrew age 9 that I am understandably very proud of.

My interests over the years have included boating, playing music, target shooting, and building computers, to now; ham radio. I've got a limited background in electronics having been in semi-pro club bands off and on for over 25 years, but am excited to be learning much more on the subject through amateur radio.

2005 was my inaugural year in the hobby, having heard Art Bell W6OBB mention his Pahrump, NV receiver site on smeter.com sparking my initial interest. I got my Technician ticket in September 2005 and my call on September 23rd. I received my General class license in early 2006 while the code was still a qualification, and am enjoying the HF bands now on a regular basis with the additional operating privileges. I continue tostudy for,and plan to complete my Extra class license in the future.

Morse Code (CW) may or may not ever be a mode I use extensively, but I respect the history and tradition of ham radio and our country. Both have Morse code deeply ingrained in their early days of development. After all, code was the first trans-continental form of communication we had in this country prior to the advent of the telephone system. So, from a historical standpoint, I think it’s pretty cool in these days of the digital age, to live in a lifetime that can tie present day communications all the way back to its beginnings. Anyway, I’m not advocating any politics of code either way, but would encourage anyone reading this that’s held back to keep an open mind and give it a shot. You may be surprised how well you’ll do and how much fun you might have.

I’ve had a great time so far and have met some of the best people in just my first few years on the air. One highlight to this point has been making two contacts with Astronaut Bill McArthur NA1SS on orbit aboard the International Space Station from my 2 meter mobile.

I have attended training and worked with the National Weather Service Skywarn program, the Virginia ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) programs. I am also a member of the MEARS (Mountain Empire Amateur Radio Society) club in Washington County,VA and enjoy doing some public service events locally each year.

My location here in Virginia is at an elevation of about 2700 feet. The shack at present consists of a Kenwood TS 2000, a Yaesu FT 60 HT, an Alinco DR-620 dual band mobile, an Alinco DR-235 for 220mHz, and a Kenwood TS 830S covering 10-160 meters. My primary HF setup is a Kenwood TS 690S along with an Ameritron 811H amplifier and an MFJ 986 tuner. As antennas go, I’ve got a Workman UVS-300 dual band vertical up about 60 feet for VHF/UHF, a Cushcraft 627013S tri-band beam for 6 meter and VHF/UHF sideband work, and a Radio Works 160 to 6-meter Carolina Windom, also up about 50 feet for HF.

Thanks for stopping by and reading all this. My primary operating frequencies are 146.895, 146.700, 146.640 on 2 meters,443.000 and 442.000 on UHF, and 50.130 on 6 meters. I also enjoy working HF, including The Spirit Net on 3.905 (www.thespiritnet.net), the ARRL Virginia Section NTS, Sideband, and Old Dominion Emergency Nets (3.947), the VFN, and the Green Frogs (3.947) in the mornings. On 40 meters, I enjoy regularly checking in on Southcars (7.251) and Midcars (7.258). We've also got a group that gets together a couple of evenings each week to discuss preparedness issues on 3.818. (www.taprn.com)

If we’ve talked already, I look forward to doing it again soon; and, if not, I hope to have the chance to say hello on frequency sometime. 73 de KI4LWA

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