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Janine and I settled in Prescott WI, in a large house that's almost big enough to enjoy any number of hobbies with work stations including Janine's metalworking and my woodworking shops, room to work on large projects and the necessary wire and hardware to connect most anything.  We are both musicians and can therefore pass through the cabin fever season here in Wisconsin by plugging in one of several guitars and digital drums as the sun sets on the western bank of the St Croix river.  And yes, we are "avid" boaters, too!  The Kaja Mia is a 32' Carver aft cabin that can magically turn a weekend cruise into a vacation.  "One day on the water is worth two on land!"
And then there's those Kenwood D-74 HH transceivers and the Icom 5100A connected to the Diamond 300X topping out at 45' above ground.  We built the boom and strapped it to our back deck complete with guy wires at all the right places and angles.  Wow, what fun to be part of this incredible radio experience.  We're into D-Star and branching out from local to statewide connections.  International's next and I'm really looking forward to a conversation with a British or Australian citizen.
We both are deeply into quality management.  I'm a generalist while Janine spends the bulk of her time in Aerospace, working with big and small players as an auditor and source of inspiration for all things of advantage to her clients.  I write books about quality management and consult with organizations willing to learn and apply new methods to work smarter and more effectively.  I also audit, but decided to spend less time on the road in favor of the quiet of home for making calls and writing articles and books.  (insert smiley face here).
My interest in ham radio started as a kid in the suburbs of NYC listening to WCKY in Cincinnati on my cat's whisker crystal radio.  Now, that's amazing stuff, and I was hooked on the ability to hear distant signals through high impedance headphones as the night closed in.  Never studied for the exam because of the Morse Code requirement, but that didn't stop me from listening to HF later on through a neighbor's rig that she gave me when her husband lost interest in the hobby.
This was 55 years ago, give or take a few, and I was playing with tubes and crystals.  Had a "tube storage rack" as well as tackle boxes with used resistors and capacitors to build mostly amplifiers and pre-amps.  That was fun!  Transistors came into the language and usage during my time in electronics.  You could just use batteries!
Hope you are having half the enjoyment in this hobby as we are!!

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