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Although my operating habits are irregular, I sometimes lurk on 3943 kHz in the morning and join the wee-hours gang on 1880 kHz occasionally. Otherwise I'm likely to be anywhere. I was especially fond of 17M SSB  when the sunspots were cooperative.

My interests in music and electronics both were kindled in 1972. I've been a ham since 1989 after years of wanting to get my license. I keep so busy with my other consuming passion, playing the cello with local orchestras (http://www.altonsymphony.org) and chamber music groups, that I didn't make time to work on my CW skills. Finally, after I got a job working for a two-way radio shop, I was immersed in ham radio and loved it so I made time! About two weeks of work with a Morse trainer on my old Commodore 64 did the trick. My first contacts were made with an old SSB CB radio I had converted to ten meters and a homebrew quarter-wave vertical.

I'm a technically-oriented ham, and you'll always find several projects on my bench.

- In the early and middle nineties I was very intimately involved with building packet radio networks here in the St. Louis area, and I still help Jim Pitchford N9LQF with work on the Illinois ARES/RACES packet network utilizing old VHF Motorola Syntor X radios retired from the Illinois State Police. 

- I am the 'chief designer' of the K9MCE 146.865 repeater in Carlinville, Illinois, sponsored by the Macoupin County Radio Club. http://k9mce.org

- There will soon (hopefully!) be a 33cm repeater on the air in Alton co-located with the K9HAM 442.225 MHz repeater. A year or so ago I ran across Alex KD6VPH's web site http://www.kw902.com and it inspired me.

- I've contributed some articles and scans of service manuals to the Repeater Builder web site. http://www.repeater-builder.com/rbtip/

- I love building HF amps. The Kilowatt Alley section of KJ9T's web page http://www.kj9t.com/page0003.html shows some of my totally homebrew creations. Sadly, Jim KJ9T became a Silent Key in early 2017.

- WQYP804 is my GMRS callsign and I'm tinkering with a low-profile repeater on 462.625 (+) for family use, but my dad is already a ham (KC9STU) and my wife is starting to show interest in amateur radio as a communications tool, so we'll see if the GMRS thing sticks.

In my spare time (hi) I work as an electronics tech for a pharmaceutical company producing radioisotopes for cardiac imaging.



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