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100% QSL via Bureau, Direct and LoTW. DX Direct requests send SAE and 1 US $.

First licensed in 1957. Prior calls: WN2THJ, W2THJ, W3ECN.

Member:South Florida DX Assoc., Florida Contest Group, Palms West ARC, Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), Columbia (Maryland) Amateur Radio Assoc. (CARA), QRP ARCI # 14682, NAQCC # 3738, SKCC # 10179, Life Member ARRL; QCWA and Ten-Ten #: 25711. Grid: EL96wv.

I was issued my novice ticket on my 14th. birthday, July 31, 1957 in Syracuse, NY. Having passed my novice exam a few weeks earlier, I sent away for a Heathkit DX-35 and spent the better part of the summer trying to put it together. Fortunately I had some help and finally got it working. I had purchased a Hellicrafter S-20R general coverage receiver from the father of a friend who lived across the street for $15. It drifted so badly, that every time I stopped transmitting and went to receive, it was a mystery where I would be listening. After a while I learned to let it warm up for a half an hour before starting a QSO. In those days, novices were limited to xtal controlled transmitters no greater than 75 watts. I had limited funds so I only bought one xtal and worked all my novice contacts on 7175 Khz.

The novice license then was only good for one year and not renewable. I upgraded to Technician but was not able to master the CW until much later in life.

When I moved to Maryland in 1964 I was assigned W3ECN which I kept until I upgraded to extra over 30 years ago and received the KC3D callsign. In those days you had to pass a 20 wpm Morse code test.

I have been a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Amateur Radio Assoc. which is the club for Howard County, Maryland before my move to Florida in November of 2014. I was active in RACES, ARES and Field Day (joint effort by CARA & PVRC) and have taken the lead in organizing a ham radio club at the local community college in Howard County, MD.

My tower consists of a wooden 70 foot telephone pole that I had installed in my backyard and on which I have a Mosley Pro 67C-3 Yagi and a UHF/VHF vertical. I installed metal steps in the pole so it can be easily climbed rather than having to use cleets. Adding the steps made it easier to climb than some towers. My DXCC score is over 200 per LoTW. I use an Orion OR2800 rotator and a Green Heron RT-21 controller. My current rig is a Yaesu FTDX 3000 D driving a Ameritron ALS -1306 solid state amp. Nice amp but touchy about what it likes to see. I use a Palstar HF-AUTO tuner to smooth things out for the Ameritron.

I have met many great friends and interesting people from ham radio. Radio was my first love (crystal set at age 7) and has always been a part of my life and hope always will.

Having moved to Florida in November of 2014, I am looking forward to meeting a lot of the local hams and continuing to increase my DXCC count as well as contest activity. 

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