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I spent a 24-year career in the US Air Force as an officer and a pilot/instructor in KC-135s, T-38s and B-52s.  They are proudly displayed above and I got to do all those flight ops and more. It was an enjoyable time and I reminisce on it fondly.  I was also lucky enough to spend 8 years as a stay-home parent following my military service and flying days.  I got to do it all - diapers, school, lunches, laundry and housecleaning for my three younger children.  Wouldn't have traded that opportunity for anything.  More recently, I have been working in the software development business as a manager for the last 16 years on several government contracts.

Even though I got my BS in Electrical Engineering in 1973 from the US Air Force Academy, I was pleasantly distracted with flying airplanes and it wasn't until 1994 after I left military service that I finally got my amateur radio license.  Initially, I dabbled mostly in VHF/UHF activity, especially the digital modes, until catching the SSB/HF bug in 2003.  I have been enjoying that part of the hobby almost exclusively, though I do still have a dual-band VHF/UHF mobile in my car and a 2-meter packet station on the air locally. 

For my SSB/HF station, I have a new Icom IC-7300 running barefoot with an Icom AH-4 remote autotuner and a 300' horizontal loop antenna about 20' high around the backyard supported by Hackberry trees. Also have a 31' simple vertical on the ground with eight radials and a 20-meter dipole in the attic for use during thunderstorms.

I really enjoy operating portable when camping, traveling, etc. where I typically use an Icom IC-706Mk2G, an AH-4 autotuner and vehicle battery, portable Honda generator or commercial power. My antenna is a 70-100' wire pulled up by black dacron cord over convenient trees, tents, bushes, extendible mast or lamp poles.  I currently have eighteen states logged as operating locations and try to add more whenever possible.

I have done a bit of work with Remote-Rig using an IC-706Mk2 in a split fashion with radio body and wire antenna in Nebraska and head, mic, and controls in various other places.  Lately, started using the Icom RS-BA1 IP remote control software with the IC-7300.  Yet another interesting facet of the hobby.

I have also operated a bicycle mobile station with the IC-706Mk2, autotuner and a stainless steel 102" whip antenna on the luggage rack. I spend most of my time on neighborhood streets or dedicated bike trails. I've had contacts on 15, 17, 20 and 40 meters with stations in Azores, Colombia, Cuba, France, Honduras, Martinique, Slovakia, Slovenia, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA, to include an air mobile! I hope to work bike to bike when the opportunity presents itself.

I don't normally send out QSL cards but can do so if requested.  LOTW is also an option upon request.

Hope to share a QSO with you soon!



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