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I was first licensed in 1959 as K3IAM in PA with a Hallicrafters S76, a Globe Chief and a random wire. A subsequent move to upstate NY changed that to W2GRU. I passed my Extra exam in 1972, terrified of the 20 wpm CW requirement but made it! I enjoyed designing and building equipment. While in NY, I was very active in Navy MARS as NNN0JCI. Refurbishing military excess/obsolete equipment with my Dad, K3ZQN (SK), I was able to handle a high volume of teletype traffic using a TTL/2, vacuum tube teleype demodulator. During a hurricane disaster in the southern tier of NY in 1972, I was one of the gateway stations for relief efforts and earned a Public Service Award. During a military manpower freeze, I accepted the volunteer position as Director, 1st and 3rd Navy-Marine Corp MARS district, served for two years from 1974 to 1976 and operated as N0ASI and NAV1. I was inactive from 1979 through 1996 but renewed my license in RI as AA1SE for a couple of years. Subsequently moved to southern AZ and in 2017, took the technician test to re-establish my Extra license first as AG7GC and then changed to a more CW-friendly AA7ST.

After the initial equipment setup, I built copies of the Eico 720 and 730, then the Heathkit SB300 and SB400, a Signal One CX7, Icom 775DSP and finally the current IC-7300. During the MARS period, I used a GRC-106 and URC-32. It is amazing how much ham radio has changed in the intervening years!

I was into astronomy and astro-imaging in a big way from 2000 and co-founded a software publishing company, CCDWare Ltd. We distribute mine and other authors' software products for the astro-imaging community.

Downsized to a smaller home in 2016 and am enjoying (kind of) the challenge of operating in an HOA community. Enjoy antenna experimenting to get the most out of the small property. Learning the digital modes is fun with a lot of JT65 contacts. Still enjoy CW and modest contesting. Also ejoying catching up on ham radio technology immensely.

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