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I am new to ham radio, although I was exposed to it for many years as I grew up back in CT. My dad was a lifelong ham starting as a radio man in WWII and continuing for the rest of his life in his quite extensive shack attached to the house I was raised in back in the '60s. At Christmas time the star attached to the top of his 125 foot tower in the back yard was a great directional beacon for my friends to locate my house. I wish now that I followed my dad's advice and took the Novice exam as a teenager, but high school sports and just being a teenager grabbed my adolescent interests.

I finally decided to pursue the hobby and earned my Technician's license in August of 2014 (KG7NTA). I quickly moved up the ladder passing my General and then Amateur Extra in January of 2015. I searched for my dad's old call sign (W1ORG) in hopes of snagging it for my own, but discovered it had been reissued. After a bit of searching I found my present vanity call sign (K7ORG) that I felt best honored my dad.

Again following in my dad's footsteps, I hope to find a home on the lower edges of the HF bands focusing on CW (once I can get my proficiency up to a reasonable speed). I also feel that the efficiency of CW will best suit my somewhat limited antenna 'farm'. I currently have an LNR Precision end-fed wire antenna that adds to the hex beam bands (40m). My 'go to' antenna is a hex beam with a Yaesu 450A rotator that will cover 6-20m and hopefully extend my DX range. My main base rig is an ICOM IC-7300 (new addition). I also have an ICOM IC-7100 that adds 2m/70cm and D-Star as options for the base set up. When not in my SOTA pack, I also use an Elecraft KX3 with an Elecraft PX3 Panadaptor boosted by an Elecraft KXPA100w amplfier.

My go to SOTA rig is my KX3, but I also have a second portable QRP rig that I obtained and will use with multiple antennas for hiking and CW on 20/40/80 meters which is a Radio Set Go rig. As I get more involved with my SOTA activities I hope to include my two dogs while hiking, camping or just on the move and away from the home base. While on the move I use a variety of antennas: Buddipole, a SOTA linked dipole or an LNR Trail Ready wire all tuned with an iPortable iP60z antenna tuner. In the future I hope to get more involved with SOTA and tackle some of the many mountains in the Reno area.

I belong to ARRL, SNARS (Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society), FISTS, SOTA, Amateur QRP Radio Group, SKCC and the North American QRP CW Club.

When I am not in the shack working the airwaves I am busy hiking with my dogs (Lab and English shorthair pointer), geocaching, fly fishing the local waters, riding my 10 speed road bike (3 time RAGBRAI completant), skiing the local slopes, working on a variety of woodworking projects and annoying the neighbors playing my saxophones.

A bit of a late start, but with retirement from teaching on the horizon, I hope to find plenty of time to continue learning and enjoying what we hams all find so interesting!

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