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First licensed as a novice, WN7ECQ, in 1966.  On the air almost every day and usually CW.  Operate maybe 98 percent or better CW.

Current primary rig is full Elecraft K-line: K3/100 & P3 with a KPA500 500-watt solid state amplifier, and KAT500 auto-tuner. Antennas include a Traffie Hexbeam for 20 through 10, and also an 80-meter dipole (130 feet), fed with 450-ohm ladder line and it is QRV for 80, 40, and 30 meter bands (probably others but I only use it for these three).

The image below is not very clear but it shows my main operating position. My other operating position is usually outside somewhere. My main rigs on the middle shelf are the Elecraft K3, next to the right is the P3 pan adapter, next to the right is the Elecraft KPA500 SS linear amp and on top of it is the KAT500 auto-tuner. Top row is almost not visible (dark smudge on left) Icom R75 receiver, Elecraft W2 meter, Yaesu FT 7800 VHF/UFH transceiver, LP-100A meter. On the bottom right is my Elecraft KX3 transceiver with my Begali Magnetic Classic paddle next to it.  I also have a KX2 that is not visible in this photo.

I like to operate QRP CW in the field using my Elecraft KX2 or sometimes my Norcal 40A. Usually I am "in the field" when we are out and about the Northwest on birding expeditions. My wife's hobby is bird photography. Here is one her photos of Pelicans at Cannon Beach, Oregon:

Here is another photo of a Gray Hawk in Arizona near Tucson...

When I am not out in the field operating QRP, I have sometimes, on nice days when it is not raining, operated in the backyard as shown in the photo below. Here I am sitting at the table operating QRP using my Buddipole antenna which is just out of view on the right.

 

Brief Personal BIO

Grew up in California (San Jose), moved to Oregon while in high-school, attended Oregon State University (BS Physics). Graduate school: math/computer science. Left graduate school to earn money as programmer. Did that for 43 years.  In 1978, cofounded ESCA Corporation (now part of Alstom Grid but just recently, 11/2015 sold to GE) serving the Electric Utility industry with Energy Management Systems, Wholesale Energy Market systems, and other software systems for managing the electrical transmission grid.

Retired and current main hobbies are:  mathematical physics (String Theory, QFD, GR), wood working (furniture, hand joinery), and ham radio (yes, ham radio is third in line).  Also, one wife of 45+ years, two daughters who added two son-in-laws, and four grandkids.

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