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I've been interested in ham radio since I was a kid growing up in Anacortes WA. I started out building a Heathkit shortwave radio and was an avid SWL'er for many years. It was a ham neighbor who helped me in those early years to get that SW radio working after numerous bad solder connections. I finally took the plunge in the early 90's to get my ham license, jumping in as a Tech Plus. With a Radio Shack HTX-100 and a super simple 10M vertical made out of twin lead antenna wire I was on the air. It must have been a time of great solar conditions since I was working the world on that little setup. My crowning achievement was working Pitcairn Island(thanks Miralda!). I was hooked, but raising kids took center stage so ham radio took a distant back seat for many years.

Over the years I have ocasionally revisited ham radio and upgraded to General still with little if any on-air activity. As I swing into the golden years(I'm 64) I've decided to get back into the hobby and have begun to make a few radio purchases. I now have a Kenwood TS-480SAT, a Kenwood TH-D74A, Heil Pro7 headset and a few other accessories. My antenna setup is a work in progess as I have antenna restricting covenents where I live in Mount Vernon WA. I have a Buddistick that I've done quite well with the past few years however. Right now I'm traveling alot for work between my home QTH in Mount Vernon WA and San Mateo CA. I've made numerous trips to the Oakland HRO store while in CA. I'm using a DVAP 440/laptop/TH-D74 for my travels and starting to have a lot of fun with it. 

I'm looking forward to the days when the HF bands are open again. I'd like to learn code again since I haven't used it since I got my original Tech Plus license. In the mean time I'm starting to explore digital and figure out how to get stealthy with antennas. I've got an Extra Class study guide but we'll see how that goes. A few other interests include amateur astronomy, model ship and airplane building and trailer camping in the great pacific northwest.

I love old radios expecially Zenith TransOceanic's, Tube or transistor. Slowly learning to restore them.

Getting ready to relax. One of my old Zenith's playing some jazz, and most importantly a good cigar out in my backyard.

Here is a picture of my shack or 'Nerd Cave' as my wife and grand kids call it. My old Kenwood TS-130S and Alinco power supply sit on top of a Panasonic RF4900 receiver. My new ham toys are not in this pic.


Hope to meet you on the air, 73's!!


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N7WRK
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JI1KXL 2013-10-13 15m SSB PM95tk Japan KOUICHI (AKI) OGURA
W7TBC 2013-10-13 20m SSB DM33vo United States THUNDERBIRD AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
AA3B 2013-10-13 15m SSB FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
K7JQ 2013-10-13 15m SSB DM43gi United States ROBERT P OLSCHWANG
N3OW 2013-10-13 15m SSB FN20iq United States Jay D Mason
N6CK 2013-10-06 20m SSB CM87wc United States GREGORY B RAUCH
K6ATZ 2013-10-06 20m SSB CM87xh United States JOSEPH R KATZ
N6WIN 2013-10-06 20m SSB DM14fc United States TIMOTHY J COKER
N6MI 2013-10-06 20m SSB DM13bw United States J SCOTT BOVITZ
KC0W 2013-10-05 20M SSB DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
AA6K 2013-10-05 20m SSB CM97kx United States Shirley L Rose
KC0W 2013-10-05 20m SSB DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS

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