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I started listening to crystal sets and eventually short wave as a Cub Scout; then we moved from California to Saudi Arabia. I became a Sea Scout; we rode on Arab dhows but did not have a formal badge; we swam with the pearl divers and dived in the shallows of the Persian Gulf. We had a short wave radio at home and I worked on a radio badge but did not complete the task. I listened to the BBC and the VOA, not to mention all the HAMs around the world. I lived in Dhahran for ten years, going to school in Beirut for a year and then the Army and Navy Academy, back in California, after ninth grade.

 In the Navy, I was an airborne air traffic controller, RADAR. We flew the North Atlantic Barrier during the Cold War from Argentia, NFLD. Our airplane was a Super Connie. Most of our voice comm was UHF, but we had a radio crew that contacted our reporting stations with CW and Voice, reporting airborne traffic approaching the US ADIZ. I listened and spent time with the Navy folks in the VW-11 HAM shack at Argentia, but I did not have a license.

I became a broadcasting engineer after the Navy. I had a Third Class FCC license. For four years I operated camera, videotape machines (2 inch), photo and 16mm film projection, and monitored and ran an audio board; I did minor maintenance. One of the engineers gave me an old Atwater-Kent receiver.  I strung an antenna at home and listened to everything around the world .5 to 30MHz. I still did not have a license.

I learned to fly on the GI Bill; earned a commercial ticket with an instrument rating in Beech Musketeers. Built time in the L4 Cub (Civil Air Patrol), Cessna 150, Cessna 172, and Cessna 402. I became a service engineer with a small computer company; we had a Cessna 310 and two Cessna 402s. I flew as copilot when we ferried customers to various sites to see our systems in action. Flew service calls in the C-172. Flew in Canada and the USA.

I went to Arabia as a planning and programs analyst for three years. Dhahran was a different place, big, and prosperous from the oil business.

Finally in 2008, I took and passed the no code Tech license. I wanted to use the six meter band for model airplane radio control. I bought a FT-817ND multiband QRP radio and eventually upgraded to General. I listen to all the bands and I'm currently using the Koch method to learn CW. I think my progress is sufficient to become active within the year. I had an Elmer and another HAM friend; we study together once a week, then worked independently at home- multiple study sessions each day on my iPod to learn and advance CW skills. I'm still working on code.

My goal is to do SOTA SSB phone and CW. I recently moved from Colorado to Iowa. I am in Solon, Grid Square EN41gt

I have a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. I retired from teaching K through 12 in visual art and social studies. I like to write, draw, paint, take photographs, play music on guitar and piano, and make woodblock prints in the Japanese style of using a hand baren and watercolor. I do woodworking projects too.

 

 

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