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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.

Accomplishments:

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

Member:

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.

 

72/73,

Chuck

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