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Thanks to the patience of Br. Phillip Neri, CFX at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA, who taught me Morse Code and my Elmer and fellow St. John’s student Dan, K1YRV, I passed my Novice test and received the license for WN1FBX in August 1965. Armed with a couple of 80M xtals and a couple of 40M xtals purchased from the local DeMambro Radio Supply store I went on the air with my Knight T-60 and Hammarlund HQ-100.  Today, I’m amazed at how many stations I actually managed to work with the home-brew multi-band vertical antenna system.

One of the local Novices I met on the air, Herb, WN1EVV, convinced me to study and go with him to take our General test at the ARRL Convention in Boston in April 1966 and I soon began signing WA1FBX. In addition to my modest home station, I was active (maybe too active as indicated by my GPA) at WPI’s W1YK from 1967 to 1971. I started operating the CQWW CW and ARRL DX CW contests to help me boost my DXCC totals.  In 1968, I built a Heath HW-100 and put up a 3-element 10M beam on the roof of my parent’s house and a 4-BTV in the back yard and started working enough DX to get both Phone and Mixed DXCC in 1971. While in college, I joined the Route 128 Contest Club and the Central Massachusetts ARA.

After earning my BSEE from WPI in 1971, I took a job in MD and, a few months later, got married. I spent the next several years operating my HW-100 mobile and, occasionally, out of apartments with invisible antennas.  Our plan was to move back to Massachusetts in a couple of years. We did move to NJ in 1973 and this move did let me get up to my parents house in Worcester, MA to operate some DX contests.  I upgraded to Extra in 1974 and traded in my call for W1GD in 1976.

We decided that the Jersey Shore was a nice place to live and bought our first house in Wall, NJ in 1978. I immediately put up my 4-BTV vertical and I put up my first tower the following year. I continued to be more and more active in contests and joined Frankford Radio Club in 1990. In addition to contesting and DXing, I was active in local ARES & RACES. I supported numerous local public events and I worked at the NYC Marathon for 10 years. My son, Matt, joined me for the NYC Marathon events and eventually got his license and is now KC2GGA.

In 2013, we sold our second house in Wall, NJ, and FINALLY moved back to Massachusetts.  I retired for the third time.  We found a great home on Eagle Lake in Jefferson, MA and I now have up the tower and KT-36XA that I moved from NJ.  I’m once again active in the Central Massachusetts ARA and I’ve joined the Yankee Clipper Contest Club. I also volunteer as a letter sorter for the W1 QSL Bureau. I was a volunteer at WRTC 2014.  It was great to see so many old friends!

I’m still active in contesting and try to do serious efforts in the CQWW and ARRL DX contests.  I operate a number of other contests for fun and practice. My station consists of an Elecraft K3 plus an Alpha 78.  For antennas, I have my KT-36XA at 60 feet plus an assortment of wires for the other bands. I do get on the HF bands almost every day. I reply to all QSL received, but prefer to QSL via LoTW. I upload contest logs to LoTW within a few days of each contest and my other logs at least one a month.

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