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Retired USN - HMC(SW) - 26 yrs.

Currently in Sun City, CA

Full time RV traveler in a 40' Alfa SeeYa Motorhome.
I run APRS anytime the rig is in motion.The present position of the motorhome can be seen on the APRS.FI
website, http://aprs.fi/n6ysk
  If you see us near your location, try calling on 146.42 simplex as we
always monitor there RV.

Current mobile setup in the RV - Kenwood TS-480HX, wire with a SGC SG-230 Coupler, and a SignaLink USB for digital modes. 

MY TO INTRODUCTION TO HAM RADIO

    I first became interested in amateur radio about 1959.  My Navy Dad was stationed in Norfolk, VA and we lived in Wesleyville, PA.  That’s where I met Brian Hemmis in the second grade.  We became best buds.  We would hang out under the walnut tree that overhung the playground.  We also loved to go between the mats that hung on the wall of the stage that served as the gym.  We came out with our hair standing up from the static electricity.  I remember spending time at his house, in the basement.  His Dad had a photo lab down there.  His Mom would fix us the best lunches and snacks.

    We soon moved to Norfolk.  During the summer of 1959, my Mom took us to visit my cousins in Cymer, NY.  One day she drove me to Wesleyville, to visit Brian.  He showed me his home brewed radio.  I remember him having a QSO with someone in Ohio.  His call was and still is K3USC and his dad was K3VLQ (SK).  I have remembered their calls for years.  I never met another ham until 1976.

MY ELMER

    My family followed my Dad to San Diego where I graduated from high school and joined the Navy.  I was stationed in San Diego during the CB boom and picked up extra money selling and installing CB radios.  During this time I met Bill - WB6JAR.  He became my Elmer and I received KA6NDT, my Novice ticket.  I was about to transfer to Memphis, TN and wanted to get my General before I left.  Back then you had to take the General exam at a FCC office.   I had not kept my CW skills up and failed the test at the office in San Diego. In 1981, I traveled from Memphis to Little Rock, AR to test with FCC traveling examiners.  CW was my downfall again.  But I did become a Tech Plus.

     During my time in NAS Memphis; Bob (W4WFJ), Chic and I reactivated W4ODR- Ole Dusty Rebel.  I also joined Navy Marine Corps MARS and became the State Equipment Manager.  My Navy MARS call is NNN0WHJ.  The station was an old transmitter site with three 90 foot towers. 

ATTAINING EXTRA

    Retiring from the Navy to Las Vegas, NV.  I still held my 6 land call when a friend, who had a 4 call, badgered me into changing my call to 7, KD7CVJ.  He never did change his call.    I also met a fellow Navy veteran, who later became a ham, Owen – KE5VFM.  We made a bet on obtaining Extra Class. Travelling to Dayton in 2011, we both failed the test by one question.  I did get mine first and he had to buy me a steak dinner.

   Now fully retired, my wife and I have are full time RVers.   We travel the country heading North to cooler weather in the summer and then the warmer climes of the Southwest in winter.

Winter QTH is: 10950 W Union Hills Drive, Space 2513, Sun City, AZ 85373-1558

 

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