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Operator: "Chuck"

My first cousin,  Jack Downing, K0SSN (SK  2013), got me started in this wonderful hobby.  I was first licensed at age 14, in August 1959, as KN0VSH.  We taught ourselves Morse code, using a borrowed Instructograph machine and an AMECO code course on LP records.  Twenty-four years later, my son John, AA0BP, received his first license (KA0SAC).   The picture above (taken in 2008) shows the three of us-- John, Jack, and myself, left to right.

As of 2016, I'm fully retired after two careers and fifty years in the workforce.  I worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, and later as an engineering professor at St. Louis Community College (full-time for 24 years, plus 9 years as part-time / emeritus). 

My primary ham interests are chasing DX and low key contesting on CW.  I also enjoy using QRP and operating QRP portable when on vacation.  Recently, I've gotten interested in the digital modes, and have started operating a little FT8.

I am a member of ARRL, A-1 Operators Club, CWOPS, and the Mississippi Valley DX & Contest Club.  I write occasional articles for the K9YA Telegraph, a free, monthly, general interest e-zine read by amateurs in more than 100 countries: http://www.k9ya.org/

I received my first DXCC award in 1963, and now have 9B-DXCC, and am on the Mixed and CW DXCC Honor Rolls. 

My station and antennas:

Elecraft KX1, KX2 and K3 / P3 transceivers; ACOM 1010 amplifier and vertical antennas;  N3ZN CW keys  ZN-9B, ZN-SLR, and the ZN-MiniMITE.  I use the free DXLAB logging suite that AA6YQ provides and maintains as a service to DX'ers.

I have one suitable location in the backyard for a transmit vertical antenna. During the Winter season, I use either the Cushcraft MA160V or the MA8040V (top loaded verticals) with radials extending over the swimming pool cover. During the warmer seasons, when the pool is open and radials have to be stored away,  I use the N6BT Bravo 7-KR vertical dipole.   For receiving, I use a DXE NCC-2 phase controller with a W6LVP active loop Rx antenna to cancel noise from my Tx antenna.

Morse spoken here:

I've been an avid CW operator since starting out in 1959.  I can't send as fast as I used to, and I can't type very well either, but I enjoy listening to QRQ (high speed CW).  In addition to on-the-air CW QSO's, I use the following programs for high speed code practice and competition. 

  RufzXP: http://www.rufzxp.net/

  CW Freak.Net: http://www.ji0vwl.com/cw_freak_net_e.html

  Learn CW Online: http://lcwo.net/  

During late September, my wife and I visited Northern Italy, and spent a day with Helga, IN3FHE, and her husband Aldo, IN3PBB.  Helga is one of my competitors in CW Freak.  Some day I hope to do as well as she does.





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