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I started in radio in the mid-1960's by designing and building a 2 element cubical quad for 10 meters for a friend. I had a mobile CB and a CB antenna when CB callsigns and licenses were needed. My CB radio was used mainly in my car for on-the-road communications. I was a bit unusual because I earned my degree in Mechanical Engineering but I was interested in electronics as well. I married in the late 1960's after graduation from Engineering school. I also became a freemason in my 20's as had my father and grandfathers before me. My wife's father and her grandfathers were all freemasons so it was no surprise to her that I became a mason.

My interest in electronics got expanded by my job working for the Government Products Division of a large Texas electronics company headquartered in Dallas where I packaged solid state local oscillators for the F-111 radar, worked on the Shrike missile system and the FLIR system for the helicopter gunships used during the Vietnam War. Back in those days I had no time to learn CW, so I never went after my amateur radio license. My interest in amateur radio continued but I did little with it. I had learned to program computers in college in Fortran and Basic, so electronics was not far away. Since then I have learned to program computers in Pascal, COBOL, C++ and Java.

My career in Engineering continued into the early 1980's when I earned my fellow level certification in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) and shifted my career into management counseling and education. I have worked with many Fortune 500 companies to help them improve inventory accuracy and achieve higher inventory turn ratios. I worked as a management consultant for almost 20 years until the FCC eliminated the CW requirement to get an amateur radio license and digital radio modes became routinely available. I studied and obtained my Amateur Extra Class amateur radio license but I routinely only operate in SSB mode. I retired from consulting, manufacturing and the attendant traveling in the early-2000's. By that time I had become a 32 degree Scottish Rite mason and a Shriner. Helping crippled and burned children at the Shrine Hospitals has been an interest for many years.

Since I wanted to help children, I switched careers again and became a certified teacher in Science and Math. I spent 6 years teaching and retired completely in 2010. Now, I have the time to pursue my radio hobby and my charitable work with the Shrine. I may now be able to learn CW.

I currently run an ICOM 718 HF radio driving a G5RV and a homemade (AA2HT designed) 40-10m Cat-Nab Loop antenna orthogonal to the G5RV. Both antennas are over 55 feet in the air by hanging them from the trees. I have Yeasu 7900 radio for 2 meter and 440 MHz operation in my car driving a Hustler 2 m-440 mobile antenna and I use a 2 m-440 J-Pole at the ham shack. I'm a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL) and I'm serving as it's librarian for the club's technical book lending library. I'm also a member of ARRL.

73 de Keith, K4KRX


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