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I got interested in CW when I was about 13 years old, listening to an old shortwave receiver in our attic in Tomahawk, WV. in the 1960's.i became a DS, Data Systems Tech on the NTDS, Naval Tactical Data Systems, and was in the US Navy from 1971 to 1976. That training was mostly logic gate chasing in prints and BEEP School (basic electronics school in San Diego, Ca.) I served aboard the CG29, USS Jouett Guided Missile Cruiser, for just over 2 years.  After the Navy it wasn't until 1985 that I got my novice class license and started out with my first rig, the Heathkit HW-16. I also have a Tentec Omni D in the house, a Tentec Triton 4 in the truck, and an Icom 706 early model. I'm almost totally CW. The picture on my QRZ page shows my current homebrew transmitter/receiver. I couldn't have done it without the help from my silent key genius Elmer Steve in Ca. and a lot of email. Thanks Steve! Clockwise from top left to right are boards containing 1. A homebrew swr kit, and low pass filters for 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters. 2. The kitsandparts.com 5 watt cw amp with ugly construction of a buffer to mate it to a Heathkit HG10 VFO. 3. The N3Z DDS VFO with some fuses. 4. A sidetone generator board from a circuit on "Joe's Quickies". 4. An ugly construction Miniboots amp that worked until I burned it up with too much power out of the kitsandparts.com cw amp. and 6. The buffer from the DDS VFO that goes to the kitsandparts.com 5 watt CW amp. I'm getting 2.6 watts out on 20 and 30 meters, 5.5 watts out on 40 meters, and 6.3 watts out on 80 meters. The horizontal board on the desktop L-R is an antenna switch, a 555 timer circuit for semi qsk transmit/receive (only works with commercial rigs as transmitter. The homebrew transmitter doesn't like it.) and the Ranverter SDR rig from Hayseed Hamfest. Tthe green cat food can is my NESCAF CW filter. My antennas 30 meter inverted vee dipoles and a G5RV multiband set up in inverted vee configuration. I also have a homebrew vertical for 30,20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters. I built a 20 foot mast from 2x4's for the center of the G5RV. I didn't have the physical strength to do an extra 2x4, so left it at that and am getting very good results out of all the antennas. I have an upside down bucket outside with a 3 way antenna switch outside to go between the antennas. I do get on the 2 meter band and talk some to the local hams in Fredericksburg, Va. and sometimes in the Martinsburg, WV area covered by the North Mountain repeater. I have a wife, 6 married kids, and 21 grandkids.

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