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After working in the computer field for 35 years, I decided to try something different. I received my technicians license in 2003 and upgraded to a general license in 2012. Since them I have worked all states four times and many foreign countries. I operate HF on several radios, an ICOM 718, ICOM 7000, ICOM 706, ICOM 706MKIIG, ICOM 701, Kenwood TS-480sat (mobile), Kenwood TS-440at and a Yaesu FT-707. I just recently acquired a Ten Tec Omni VII and an Icom 7300.  Obviously I am a hardware geek.

My antenna system is a MFJ-1796 multiband vertical that tunes from 60 thru 6 meters. I often check into nets run by ECARS on 7.255, OMISS on 14.290 and 7.185 and the YL SYSTEM on 14.332 and 7.267.5. My previous call sign was KB3JRA.

I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio and Wichita Falls, TX, Fort Monmouth, NJ, Sembach AFB, Germany and Kwang-Ju, South Korea. I worked 30 years in the IT division of Dow Jones & Co. Inc. in Washington, D.C. and later Princeton, NJ and New York City. My wife Ellen (also a 30+ year Dow Jones employee) and I retired to Berkeley Springs, WV in 2004. I started working as a reporter for the local newspaper, The Morgan Messenger, in 2006 and finally retired for good January 31, 2013.

Along with my Amateur Radio hobby, I enjoy golf, guitars and still dabble with computer hardware, both PC and Mac.


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