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First licensed in 1971. My old call signs are: WN6HTK, WB6HTK, KA7EZX, N6NMH, WZ9J, and now K6FA.

I am a Licensed Vocational Nurse since 1987. Got burned out and went back to the military life (ARNG) after being out of the military for 10 years. Got my training in the U.S. Navy (1981 - 1985). Did Boot Camp in San Diego, then went to LPD-9 (USS Denver) for about 6 months and then to Hospital Corpsman school in San Diego. After completion of schooling I was stationed at Naval Hospital Balboa, which is in San Diego as well but then it was the old pink building. After 1 year working there in various area's but mainly Officer Surgery ward I got to go to the Marines for my final 2 years of enlistment. I spent 1983 - 1985 with 3 BN - 7 MAR WPNS Co. at Camp Pendleton as a FMS Corpsman.

I have worked for the State of California dealing with at risk kids (Grizzly Youth Academy) age 16-18 for about 4 1/2 years.

I was in the California Army National Guard (223rd Infantry Regiment) as a supply/medic/admin Sergeant from 1997 til 2007 then went in the Army Reserve as an Instructor for supply. In 2010 I went back to my old unit in the National Guard where I have been an instructor for unit supply, a NCOIC for USPFO Property Management to issue new rolling stock to units, and NCOIC of the 92Y Instructors for Unit Supply in my unit.

August 2013 I finally received my 20 year letter so could retire but stayed until I turned 60 in April 2015. Retired as an E-7 (Sargeant First Class). It feels good to have served my country like my farther did in the Army Air Corps during WWII (radio operator on B-24) also making E-7.

I had two fantastic Elmer's for ham radio. One being a high school teacher, Jim McDaniel WB6TFW, and the other being my uncle, Sam Henry (LTC) W6HNW. My Uncle got me interested in radio and Jim was the Elmer who helped me get my license and keep me going during High School. I found the hobby to be exciting. Making many friends and learning about other countries. Operated many contest during the years and having a blast back in the 70's operating Field day. Had several hams teach me the finer points of contesting and chasing DX. With that knowledge I have been able to work stations with a vertical and 100 watts that would not have been able to contact other wise. Now my main mode of operation is CW. Have moved away from phone because of all the QRM. It is much easier to work stations with the lower power on cw as well. I also enjoy operating QRP and have done pretty good with that. Awards I have received over the years are: DXCC, WAS - 5 Bands CW, CP-25. I have 5 Band DXCC on CW but have not applied for it yet. Some Day I will.

Well that is plenty for now. I hope to work you on the bands.

73

Dave

PS: If you are waiting for a card from me please email me as I have been so far behind on keeping that up since I started using LoTW.

 

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