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QRV IN YUMA AT NEW DIGS.  K3 Line to the first two antennas strung: 80-10 fan vee up 60 feet on the Palm tree directly above the black jeep in the house pix (DESERT TOWER), 30/17 fan vee up 35 feet on the shorter Palm. More antennas to follow over time on the 1.3 acres. Towers, beams and verts still on the ground.       DM22TQ





     Gag photo by my electrician shipmate friend.  Note the WESTCLOX hand key on my "portable desk".  It eventually retired (along with me,  the watch clock and the lifeboat radio) in Ocean Park after the 500 KHz CW safety watch requirement and CW HF traffic were eliminated.



  How many Hams have used a USN Signal Light?  I used to practice with whatever ship was in while I was going to USN Sonar A- School in San Diego circa 1962.  Occasionally got called to use a portable flashing light when I was on subs.. But ended up 45 years later using a light as a prefered secure communication link instead of voice  (on a USN  LMSR [per QSL above], leased to the Army and run with a civilian crew) with our escort vessels during the Kuait theater (transiting the Med, through the canal, Persian Gulf, Red Sea).  And as a nod to all us CW Ops, most of the escort vessels (whatever country Navy Destroyer type vessels) had little or no English Language skills.  We did just fine with Q and Z signals.  CW rocks and blinking light  should be on every ham's bucket list! 

Geoffrey (Jeff) Morse originally licensed Novice KN7HOZ in 1958 at the age of 13 (Brookings, OR), Conditional six months later in 1959 (K7HOZ), Extra 1977 (K7GA 6/14/77 - original issue, I'm the first). 30 years total Sea Service - 8 years in USN Submarines (almost all SWL years - underway and under water most of the time), 12 years in USCG (lots of /MM and some island ops), retired military combined 20 years; retired again - for the last time  (10/01/07) after 17 years as a Merchant Marine Radio Officer (had my Drake Twins or IC-706MKIIg most of the time) on tankers, ro-ro's, containerships and LMSR's (USN Heavy Lift Cargo).

Ham radio is a family affair for us. My OM (SK) was K7YFP and my son Glen in Ohio is N8NGA.


Ham Radio steered me to my lifelong occupations in electronics and communications.

HF: Mostly CW and also some FT8... Have enjoyed maintaining and operating vintage equipment, especially working others with old or Home Brew gear, since much of my gear (including me) is also old vintage. But it works, is semi-easy to maintain and I've managed to keep it all on the air so far, most of the time! Not set up and running yet here, but eventually: Home Brewed (modified) Mackay 1.5KW AB2 HF amp (for 80/160),  HQ-129x, HQ-170, Home Brewed (modified) MacKay Pair 813's Class C Plate Modulated TX, various tube type early transceivers, transmitters and receivers....




FISTS 9397, SKCC 4850, CW OPS 1422


DXCC (MIXED 200+, CW 200+, 40M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 10M), WPX (CW), WAC (CW), WAS








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