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In 1968 I started listening to short wave bands with a Knight Kit radio I built. I became more interested in Ham Radio via the Electronics club in High School and club station there. After watching several hams operate I was hooked. I built many Heath Kit rigs. I obtained a like new Hammarlund HQ-170ac receiver in 1970 and a Drake C-Line later, which I still use. US Naval service was next during the mid 70's, where I completed the Submariner Morse Code Operators School after Radioman training. I went to College after Naval service and graduated with a Electronics Engineering Technology Degree and had time to get the Extra class ticket, before Moving to Minneapolis, MN to work for what was then UNIVAC, later becoming UNISYS. (We built and tested big "Main Frame" computers back then). I transistioned into Industrial Electrical maintenance and worked for 30 years in heavy industry until retiring June 2017.

The RF radiation duties are handled by a rebuilt HYGain TH7DX (20-15-10) 55', Cushcraft D3W rotary dipole for the WARC bands, 60', and a Alpha Delta DX-A Twin Sloper for 160-80-40 meters. At 45 feet I have a M2 Loop for 6 meters and a Ringo Ranger on 2 meters. HF/VHF equipment is upgraded these days and my ham PC along with DXLabs software suite and interfacing equipment, controls much of the equipment and modes operated...well except for CW, where other than cw contesting, I like to rely on my "fist" and paddle!

Chasing DX, participating in occational contests on CW or RTTY, and occational antenna experiments keep me busy, along with many grandchildren and trips with my XYL. A good rag chew is always welcome. I operate FSK RTTY, PSK, and FT8, however, CW is still my favorite mode, as the name of our boat does imply! (Get to explain it when asked about it). Keep CW mode active!


The picture below is taken in a 130 foot man lift next to the Mississippi River in late fall. Here, a co-worker and I are installing a camera above a eagles's nest in a big cottonwood tree. (Pre-Retirement). Nesting occurs February-April. Search Arconic eaglecam for the video feed.

I upload to LOTW regularly. I will QSL back to you if I receive yours, a SASE is appreciated. I do not monitor QRZ Logbook or messages.

73, Gary


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