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I received my novice license in 1955 as WN1GNR while in high school. After graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 at 17 and served on a destroyer out of Norfolk, VA for four years. I completed my service in 1960 and honorably discharged as a second class radioman. My novice license had expired shortly after joining the Navy but did get plenty of CW and RTTY time while at sea.

In 1962, I attended Rhode Island Radio & Electronics School and started my return to amateur radio building my own equipment and passing my 1st class commercial radiotelephone license and also my extra class amateur license. I then went to work for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in their Flight Test Division until 1980 and then to Experimental Instrumentation Dept. I retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1999.

During the early 1970's until the mid 80's, I became a hardcore ham and spent many enjoyable hours working CW & SSB. I enjoyed rag chewing, contests, DXing and county hunting. I earned 5BWAS and 5BDXCC during that period. Most of my equipment was Heathkit SB series which served me well for many years. I had to leave my hobby in the mid 80's due to having to put four kids through college. I have just recently purchased a Kenwood TS-590s and am back to enjoying a great hobby.

Other interests include repairing and restoring old pre 1950 radios and ham boat anchors and spending time with my grandchildren.

Most of my operating is on CW with some SSB. Hope to see you all down the log.




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