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I  became interested in AM DXing as a boy and that grew into SWLing as a teen. In 1988 I earned my Novice license in Spokane, WA. I enjoy RTTY, PSK-31, JT-9, JT-65, FT-8 and SSB on HF. Locally, I am active with the Sky Valley Amateur Radio Club where I serve as club President. The club's repeater is: 444.125 MHz + / T 103.5 Hz., www.w7sky.org. I am also involved with Snohomish County ACS, http://www.wa7dem.info/ . Other interests include: Weather Spotter, Birder, Aviation/Space (non-current Private Pilot), Scanner Enthusiast, Railfan and occasionally "make noise" with my Electric Bass.

I grew up in Fair Oaks, California graduating from Bella Vista High School in 1970. Enlisting in the United States Air Force, I served in aircraft maintenance on EC-130's, AC-130's, C-130's, B-52's and as a flight crew member on JC-130's and HC-130P's. Was stationed at: Udorn RTAFB Thailand, Edwards AFB California, Ubon RTAFB Thailand, Kirkland AFB New Mexico, Hickam AFB Hawaii, Mather AFB California and Fairchild AFB Washington where I retired from the USAF in 1990.

After retirement from the USAF, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science and a K-8/Reading Teaching Credential from Eastern Washington University. I moved to Sultan, Washington to accept a teaching position at Gold Bar Elementary School during which time I taught Fifth Grade, Second Grade and earned a Masters Degree in Literacy from Western Washington University. Both my wife and I retired from teaching at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. In retirement, there is more time for HAM radio... and now focusing on initial WAZ award... hurry back sunspots!!!  



First day of the 2013-2014 school year... and my first day of retirement!

The Shack

The radios are an ICOM IC-746 PRO, ICOM IC-7000 and ICOM IC-207.



HF antennas I use are either a Cushcraft R8 vertical at 10 feet (3 meters), Carolina Windom 80 Special running West/East at 23 feet (7 meters) mounted under eve, or a homebrew 40/80 meter end-fed NVIS antenna mounted on the fence at 6 feet (2 meters). My VHF/UHF antenna is a Cushcraft AR270 mounted in the attic. 

For portable operations I use an Eagle One 33 foot vertical (40-10 meters) or a homebrew 80-40 meter NVIS antenna.                                                                                                                 


Sometimes the IC-7000 is mobile in the truck.


Field Day 2016 Backyard

Operated with W7SKY 3A the Sky Valley ARC on Saturday, Operated as KB7GFL 1E on Sunday.




I QSL via LoTW 100%, usually daily. I respond to Direct and Bureau QSL's.


Mountains and River

Looking east are the Cascade Mountains and Skykomish River as seen in Sultan, Washington



What a Catch!

My QSL card shows a USAF photo of a USAF Lockheed Hercules, JC-130B making an aerial recovery of a KH series surveillance satellite reentry vehicle. I was an Aerial Recovery Specialist with the 6594th Test Group while stationed at Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

Recently, the National Reconnaissance Office published a book titled, "Corona Star Catchers". This book chronicles the development and implementation of aerial recoveries for Corona, Gambit and Hexagon satellite reentry vehicles. Here is a link to that book:



73 David


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