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In New York in high school in the 1960’s I was a kid interested in things mathematical and scientific, including electronics and radio, and became a Novice about age 15. Sadly, I never made a QSO during the one year you were allowed to be a Novice. After a year, you had to upgrade or out. So for me in the10th grade, with the dating and car years coming on, I dropped out of radio.

In 1996, almost 50, I rediscovered SWL by reading the TechnoBuddy column in the Atlanta paper. That excited me like a kid and rekindled my previously dormant tendencies toward nerdiness. I soon had a small portable SWL receiver from RadioShack.

This went on for a while till one day I stumbled onto Ham Radio Outlet, which I had never heard of, and went in. It was like Toys R Us for me. Relearning the amateur radio licensing basics and the code came back like riding a bicycle might and soon, I was outfitted and licensed. I still have my straight key from High School, and my Heathkit Q-Multiplier but unfortunately, that’s all.

I enjoy CW (for the mental challenge; kind of like Sudoku for me), kit building, QRO as well as QRP (I must have a ham radio personality disorder to do that), SOTA, & DX.  I want to ragchew more on CW; am solid at 16-17 wpm; would like to get up to 21-22 comfortably and I would like to ragchew DX and not just 599 TU.  Don't care for PSK anymore; originally, conversations were possible but now it seems just prerecorded messages, and no personalities.

I tweet @k4wk and have a website, www.hamdom.com, that is sort of a blog. I also have a shack in North Carolina in the Smokies, and sometimes play SOTA.  Getting back on the air Dec 2016 after nearly two years off.




Clubs and Awards:

FISTS CW Club, NAQCC Qrp CW Club, 10-10, SEDXC, Atlanta Radio Club, ARCI, NOGAQRP


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