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I began my amateur radio career back when I was in seventh grade at age 11. I still remember the open house event for our Junior High Radio Club and listening briefly to the sounds of CW through a pair of headphones attached to an HW-16 transreciever. Just the thought of making a contact with someone far away using this strange language, hooked me for life. I passed my Novice exam that February and my ticket arrived in May of 1977. Two years later, after overcoming key fright and nearly making WAS with a Heathkit crystal bound DX-60B and Realistic 160A receiver, I upgraded to General and experienced mike fright on SSB. Sometime during those two years, I found out that my Great Uncle had been a ham since the 1930’s (W9BCV) and because of the common interest, we became closer despite the 300 mile difference in our QTH locations. I also got to know Wally (w9BCY) up in Ashland, who knew my Grandparents, and would run phone patches for us. After High School, I spent a year in Kauhava Finland, as a Rotary Club Exchange Student. This allowed me to operate from the Lapua Radio club station,OH6AC, and experience being the DX. After that it was back to Minnesota to start college and upgrade through Advanced and on to Extra. After some false starts in college and a stint at the US Coast Guard Academy (W1CGA), I finally ended up with a degree in Aviation Operations, and an Aircraft Dispatch License. With a lovely wife and 2 harmonics, my amateur time is somewhat limited. Currently my main rig is an FT-920. I still enjoy operating CW and like to play around with antennas. The mainstay is a loop skywire fed with open wire feedline. I also enjoy using a Hex beam, and plan on experimenting with phased verticals and a G6XN claw antenna.

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