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Here's a "brief" (ha ha) summary of my life as a ham. More information on my web site

I passed my tech exam on Field Day in 2015, and upgraded to General and Extra on the same day the following November. I enjoy all aspects of the hobby because learning is my passion and I'm a consumate gizmologist. When I'm not on the air, I teach high school engineering and technology classes. My electronics students build a relay-based "telegraph" system and practice sending and receiving morse code messages. I always wanted to become fluent in this mode, which is what led me to amateur radio in the first place.

My current HF setup is a Yaesu FT-450D through a Dentron MT-3000A tuner into a G5RV at 35 feet. Never thought I'd be playing with slingshots again, but they're great for getting a wire up into a tree.

Although it's no longer a license requirement, I consider CW a venerable tradition. I began learning CW using lcwo.net and the ARRL code practice transmissions and recently received my 10 WPM certificate. I hope to achieve 20 wpm to lend a bit of legitimacy to my Extra class license.

Speaking of bits, I enjoy the digital modes including PSK31, JT9/JT65, and RTTY. I now understand that SSTV is NOT one of these, thanks to the wisdom and gentle admonition of John WA1ABI.

I also enjoy ragchewing on the local repeaters. I have twin ICOM IC-2200H mobile radios, one which scans through the local 2m FM repeaters, and one tuned full-time to my DVMega/Raspberry Pi DStar hotspot which is typicaly linked to REF069C. Really enjoying the D-Star, but quite a learning curve too.

In November 2016 I obtained my VE credential had have been helping out at some of the local VE sessions when I can.

I had the pleasure of helping out during the first ever ARISS contact at a Rhode Island school. I hope someday to host an ARISS contact at one of the schools in my own district.

I belong to a couple of clubs including the Newport County Radio club w1sye.org and the CT-RI contesting club K1ER, wa1rr.org. These guys know contesting, and I'm learning a ton from them.

Some friends I would like to thank include:

Ron, KA1FFY and Walt, KB1JZR for being my first two contacts and helping me during my first baby steps into the hobby.

Steve, KA1RCI for the tremendous repeater network covering Southeastern New England

Paul, KC1DJO and Marty, WA1VIN, my "Rhode Island Red Rookies" friends, for spending more money than me on gear and figuring out what's worth it and what isn't.

Tony, W1CGI for his encouragement and Tuesday night CW net

Bob, WB4SON, Jess, ND1L, and Fran, W1FJM for the leg up into DStar

Paul, N1PSX for your general wisdom, sage advice, and overal enlightenment

Joe, N1VIV, for being my geographically closest ham friend, willing to help me with just about anything

Along with thousands of other contacts I have made in this wonderful hobby, every one of whom made me feel welcome and at home on the airwaves.

And lastly, thanks to Jean, my XYL who continues to tolerate me since 1988, even with all the weird noises she hears coming from the shack.

 

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