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My home QTH is on Mercer Island, a city of approximately 24000, located east of Seattle in Lake Washington.  The island is about 5 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide.  We connect to Seattle via a floating bridge and to Bellevue and the East Side by a normal "high" bridge.  We are surrounded by fresh water so Mercer Island is not included in the Island's on the Air listings.

I primarily enjoy CW operations and chasing DX.  My wife and I are in Europe twice a year and when there, I operate as DL/AG7N from my wife's family home in Landsberg am Lech, Germany which is about 55 km west of Munich. For my DL operations, please QSL to my home call.

I was first licensed in 1962 while in the 9th grade as WV6ZDX in Victorville, CA.  My father was an Air Force pilot and later that year, we were transferred to Wichita, Kansas and I became WA0EBN after getting my General the fall of '62.  In '64 we went to Anchorage and I became KL7FDS and operated for a year before returning to the Lower 48 to attend the Air Force Academy.  I was quite active with the club station, K0MIC for the 4 years there.  When I was able to purchase a car (1968 Pontiac GTO that I still own), I built a Heath HW-22A and enjoyed 40M SSB mobile my senior year, while in pilot training at Vance A.F.B., Enid, OK and for the following 4 years while active duty in the Air Force flying the KC-135 tanker out of Wurtsmith A.F.B., Oscoda, MI and in Southeast Asia.

I lived in Colorado from 1974 to 1978 after leaving the Air Force and operated as WB0HAF.  In 1978 I moved to Seattle and obtained my current call sign.  I had a 28 year career with Boeing, retiring in 2006 and continued with some part time consulting primarily in Japan until 2016.  I am now pretty much fully retired and now that our youngest is off to college, we are now spending our summers in Seattle and do our travelling primarily to Europe and Hawaii during other times of the year.  

Finally after retirement, I built up my current station, an Icom 756 Pro III, IC-PW1 KW amp and a Steppir DB-18 on a MA-550 telescoping tower for 40-6 meters.  I have a dipole up about 50 feet for 80 meters (but it sure is hard to hit Europe from Seattle on 80).

 My youngest son is KE7WUD (Extra Class) and he and I attended the Ham Convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany each June for 5 years.  He is now in college at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and is trying to get a college ham club set up there.  Ham Radio has opened so many doors, first with my ultimate profession in engineering (BSEE) and then in making ham friends world wide and being able to stay in contact with them via ham radio and then visiting them especially in Europe.

Besides ham radio, my family and I enjoy tennis, golf, snow skiing and boating.  I continue to try to develop my German language skills but that is one tough endeavor to get beyond the intermediate level.....

I look forward to meeting you on the bands.

73,

John

AG7N

 

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