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*** 40th Year! ***


SKN 2018 - 40th anniversary of my first QSO!!

(and still going!!!)

I've been a ham since the late 70's, making my first contact on New Year's day in 1978 with my elmer. Having been through some ups and downs in activity, I currently spend my time on CW sometimes running QRP. I have a great appreciation for straight keys and, at times, will use multiple keys during a contact. All this started while I was in the Navy.

During my time in the Navy (CTM) I passed my novice test from my elmer, W1BML (a great cw op - SK 5/17/14), and was licensed as WB1GCX. Even without a side tone on my rig, CWcontacts were made. Soon after that, I passed my Advanced test (can anyone identify with a road trip to Boston's FCC office?) and my call sign was changed to KA1CP.

I served only 6 years in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) - actually, the rating changed it's name from Communications to Cryptologic while I was in. During that time, I was the "guest" on four SSNs. After my discharge, my wife and I moved to South Carolina and I was lucky enough to get the call sign, KB4SC. During my SC years, I upgraded to Extra (yep, 20wpm at the Atlanta FCC office) and divided my time between CW and SSB.

While in SC, I went to college and got a degree in music then moved to Texas for graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I changed calls again, getting NG5A. As NG5A, I added FM to my SSB and CW activities, but started to drift more to the CW side.

Now, my wife of 40+ years and I are in Spokane, WA and I'm CW mostly. I divide my time between my Navy Flame Proof, my Vibroplex, and my Bencher paddles. I do QSL and LOTW works fine with me. A lot of my actiivty is with SKCC (#454T), local HF nets (WSN, IMN, WCN) and CWOps' weekly CWTs. I am working my way through the awards available via LOTW. I recently received my WAC and W1AW WAS as well as a regular WAS. I am waiting on the 20M endorsement.  DXCC (LOTW) is only 18 countries away.

After getting my K3S, I decided to dive into the digital side!  I've played with JT9/65 and WSPR (best WSPR report was a Tazmanian station hearing my .5W sig.  > 16000 miles/watt!!)

I have been a "part-time" associate pastor for most of the past 38 years. Recently, I retired from that area of ministry and will continue my full time work as the director of an IT department at a small Japanese school in Spokane.

Bucket item - vacation in California to operate a commercial station on Night of Nights.  Commercial telegraph license test passed on 7/17/2015. (Mission accomplished - 7/12/2016 - check out the picture at the top of the page.)

73 and see you on the air!

Keys: WT-8 AMP, J-38 (Lionel), NFP, Radio Shack, J-37, HK-707, Czech RM-31, Speed-X, Vibroplex (Original Deluxe), Bencher paddles (BY-1), Scoprion paddles.

CWops 1350; QCWA 36549; SKCC 454T Tx4; NAQCC 2334; FISTS 9582; QRPARCI 11192

WPX CW #3648

WAS CW (LOTW) #57,856



Radiotelegraph Operator's License S# T000000040

Night of Nights 2016 - operated K6KPH (15M) and KSM/KPH/KFS (13 transmitters at 5KW each - no QRP here!!)

Picture at the top of the page is while operating K6KPH.  If you need a bucket list item, consider K6KPH - especially during Night of Nights! Those ops at MRHS are great hosts, great ops, great people!  They rock!


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