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- Licensed continuously since April, 1962.

- Callsigns previously held: WN5BRQ, WA5BRQ, KC5OA, K5NTX (vanity), K5QL (vanity)

- QTH's previously operated from: Oklahoma City, OK, Corpus Christi, TX, USS Independence (CVA-62), Dallas, TX


- 70cm FM Repeater owner, experimenter, and trustee

- 2m & 70cm FM operation

- HF DX-chasing (but NOT contesting)

- HF PSK-31 operation

- HF antenna experimentaion

Most Memorable Ham Radio Experiences:

- As a fairly new Novice I unsuccessfully demo'd ham radio at a Boy Scout troop meeting. I could not make a contact to save my life and discovered later that my transmitter bandswitch was on 20m and that I'd been transmitting on the second harmonic of my 40m crystal! A few days later I got a card in the mail from an ARRL Official Observer (OO) for that little oversight.

- In the early 1970's while in the Navy and assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Independence deployed in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, I was privileged to be able run phone patches back to the states for numerous fellow crew members. The ship had a complete Drake station (R4, T4, and L4 Linear) connected through a ship's antenna tuner to one of the ship's vertical antennas which was mounted on the port side of the flight deck near the fantail (it was very near the LSO plaftform). At first glance some might think that a vertical antenna mounted on the side of the flight deck would not be compatible with landing aircraft, but the antenna was hinged at the base so that it could be made horizontal during flight ops. The ship did not have a club call sign for security reasons so all of us hams had to use our personal callsigns when operating (I was WA5BRQ then). When we'd finished running patches for the evening, stations from the countries behind the old iron curtain would call us and pump us for information as to the name, type, and destination of the ship, what our jobs were, etc., none of which we were allowed to tell them, of course. Unfortunately, before we deployed again in the later half of 1971, the officer (also a ham) who oversaw the ham station was transferred and there was no other officer or CPO who could champion the ham station to the CO and XO. As a result, the station was dismantled and the compartment housing it was turned into a weight room. I never did find out what happened to all that great equipment after it was unceremoniously carted off the ship. It's sad that the powers that be gave more weight (pun intended) to the idea of a weight room than for the morale boost the crew got from phone patches back home to their loved ones.


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