was first licensed while still in High School as WN6NQP in Chico California where I spent my childhood. At age 18 I joined the Navy and spent the next 11 years after that as an Electronics Technician on board nuclear submarines. During my time in the Navy I operated from several club stations which included WA6NKC Naval Training Command San Diego CA (1978-1979), WA4ECY Naval Training Center Corry Station Pensacola FL (1979), and K1SSN Naval Submarine Base Groton CT (1979-1981,1983-1984), in addition to operating /MM in the early 80’s while tied to several piers throughout The British Islands, both South and Central America, and various islands in the Caribbean (operating HF just wasn’t all that effective while underway submerged). I eventually went on to complete both my military career, and a Bachelor of Science while serving 13 years in the Air Force reserves as a Telecommunications Specialist. For the past 30+ years I’ve called the Pacific Northwest my home, and I really don’t see that changing anytime soon.
As far as my operating goes, now days you really never know just where I’ll turn up on the bands. On weekdays I enjoy primarily 75 and 40 meter SSB, but on weekends I tend to wander up to the higher HF bands and chase alittle DX, or just enjoy a good ol' rag chew from time to time. Unless of course the weather is good for a putt on my Harley, then it’s in the wind I go! I also hang out on D-Star quite abit, and you’ll usually find me on Reflector 029A along with the rest of the Pacific Northwest gang. I have also recently gotten back into operating with some of the new digital modes, and have been having a ball! Things have definitely come a long way since I was fumbling away on RTTY using a Model 28 ASR in the Navy MARS stations back in the 70’s, and even later on while using a Commodore 64 in the early 90’s. Now days operating digital is much easier using my PC, and thankfully so since although I have improved a little since those days, my typing skills were somewhat less than stellar back then. That said, I look forward to more “playing in the waterfall,” while making more contacts, with more great Hams!
I try to give back as much to my community as I'm able to by getting involved in emergency communications, in addition to volunteering with other local Ham's in providing communications support at various local events. Although I don’t own one myself, I also volunteer my skills as an RF technician to helping in the maintaining of several of the local repeaters here in the area. I also enjoy restoring old Ham Radio equipment, and have managed to collect a few over the years.
Although I enjoy working the occasional DX station, I’m not an avid DX’er, and I have the bare walls to prove it. During contest weekends, like many others, I tend to retreat to the safe haven of the WARC bands, or simply find other things to do while the contesters crawl all over one another. During the summer months I tend to spend most of my free time astride one of my three Harley-Davidson motorcycles exploring the back roads of the Pacific Northwest with my camera rather than sitting in the shack playing radio. But if you do hear me on the air, and yes after all that believe it or not I do occasionally operate, feel free to pop in and say “HI.” I always enjoy a good rag chew!
I’ve finally taken the plunge and gotten on board with the whole electronic logging thing. Bear in mind I’m not saying I’m any good at it just yet, but I’m signed up on QRZ. So please be patient with this Old Dog and I’ll do the same…
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
- Charles Dickens
“Any sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from magic”
- Arthur C. Clarke
As you can see, my station is still very much a work in progress, but little by little it is progressing.
Given that a neat desk is the sign of a sick mind, it's clearly evident that my mental health is in great shape!
This is my other "work in progress," consisting of some of the equipment I drooled over as a young Ham.
This is my Hex Beam (or as I like to call it; “The Mouse that Roared") sitting proudly 55ft above my shack, for which I am eternally grateful to first and foremost my YL Chris (a VERY tolerent and supportive Lady!). Next, my very good friends Mike (N7KMJ), Gordon (KK3O), and Marc (KC7NXX), without whom this would still be but a pipe dream on a summer's day. Also, to the gang at the Hermiston HRC for their invaluable help in getting the tower from it’s previous resting place to my QTH.
This is one of the more remote mountain top microwave sites in winter for a system that I helped to maintain in my previous life.
And this is where I did my “apprenticeship” to become a Journeyman Electronics Technician, USS Skipjack (SSN-585).
Call Sign: NZHX, and Voice Call Sign: Starfire (During UNITAS "Sombrero").
When I'm not playing Ham Radio, I'm on one of these collecting bugs in my teeth while winding my way down a back road somewhere with the purr of a big V-Twin underneath me.
Since I’ve met a few fellow classic sports car enthusiasts on the air, here is mine. It’s a 1984 Porsche 911 Targa.
“It's not the class of license the Amateur holds, but the class of the Amateur that holds the license…”
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