I am a lifelong radio operator, following in my father’s footsteps, sk, ex W8WJD, WA2WKY, W6RSX, who himself was a devoted ham radio operator and lifetine member of the ARRL. I was first licensed in 1965 as WN2FLI, during my junior year in high school, and have continued my involvement on and off for close to fifty years. I started out with an NC-57 Receiver and Viking Adventurer Transmitter, later graduating to HW-16, HW-8, HW-9, Ten Tec Scout 555, TS-140S Collins KWM2A, ICOM 7200, Elecraft K-1 and now the K-2/100. Have also built for QRPP: The 38 Special and Rockmite for 30 Meters. CW is my obvious favorite mode.
I am retired, and live in Fayetteville, NC, where I have resided since 1969.
After a short stint as a tool and die apprentice, I enlisted in the USAF in 1967. Just as the US was increasing its involvement in Vietnam. After completing training to be a jet engine mechanic, I spent a year at Bien Hoa Air Base, RVN. I worked on jet engines for my first twenty years of service. Toward the end of my military career, I started playing with computers and soon became self-taught in repairing and building computers. As the Air Force embraced computers as a critical tool, and established professional IT roles, I concluded that being the “computer guy” would be far easier on my hands and back. Accordingly, I made a career change, and over the next years developed a broad set of hardware and software skills.
I retired from the USAF in 1991 and for the next eight years, I taught radio communications to Special Ops personnel through the local community college branch located on Fort Bragg, in Fayetteville, NC.
In 1999, I started working as an IT contractor, eventually specializing in providing hardware support services to the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, I retired a second time in the summer of 2014.
1994: Placed #1 in the world in the 10-10 International CW Spring QS0 Party, and repeated that win three more times. 1994: Selected as “Professional Instructor of the Year” by the ARRL
Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society (CFARS)
Possum Trot # 871
Possum Trot on Ten # 629L
10-10 International # 37776
NAQCC # 7201
FP # 7351
Hope to hear you on the air soon.
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