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I was first licensed in 1964 at the age of 14. Back then, the Novice ticket was only valid for 1 year and not renewable. After finishing high school and serving on active duty, I once again received my Novice 10 years later. After college and grad school, I upgraded to Extra. I'm not a big fan of CW, but studied hard and passed the 20 WPM test. I also love building ham gear, and have built the Elecraft K1, Elecraft K2, Elecraft K3, and Elecraft KX-3 (all with the same serial number -1964!), and the ATS-3 and 4 rigs that Steve, KD1JV has made available as kits.

I also operate and use vintage Collins equipment including the KWM-2, 75S-3, 30L-1, and an HF-380 (a two year project!).

I am a member of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society (RNARS) - member #3889.  I volunteer on the USS Cassin Young (DD 793) WW2DD, and the Lightship Nantucket (LV-112) W1NLS. Both ships are in Boston and we bring them on the air for Museum Ships Weekend and Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend at least yearly.

My callsign reflects the 33 years I spent on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy. I enlisted in 1969, and retired aboard the U.S.S. Constitution as a Commander in 2002. While enlisted, my rate was Data Processing Technician (DP). I was an DP1 (E-6) when I received a direct commission as a Naval Intelligence officer in 1978. While in the U.S. Navy I worked with the finest group of dedicated, hard working, brave, selfless, and patriotic people one could ever wish for as friends!

U.S. calls held:

WN1DAE - 1964 Novice; WN1TPE - 1974 Novice; WA1TPE - 1974 Technician; WA1TPE - 1988 General, Advanced; NW1J - 1989 Extra; W1USN - 1998 Extra Vanity Call

Foreign calls:

  • VE1/WA1TPE - Canada 1974;
  • DL/WA1TPE - Germany 1987;
  • G0/NW1J - United Kingdom 1989;
  • EA7/NW1J - Spain 1990, 1991;
  • P4/NW1J - Aruba 1993, 1994;
  • V31RN - Belize 1996;
  • 8P9CI - Barbados 1997, 2012;
  • V26NR - Antigua 1998;
  • VP2ERN - Anguilla 1999;
  • PJ8/W1USN - St. Maarten 2000, 2001;
  • FS/W1USN - St. Martin 2000, 2001;
  • P4/W1USN Aruba 2002, 2007;
  • J75RN Dominica 2003; 
  • J3/W1USN Grenada 2004;
  • V44/W1USN St. Kitts 2005, 2006, 2008;
  • VP2MPR Montserrat 2009, 2010;
  • V4/W1USN St. Kitts 2011;
  • PJ2/W1USN Curacao 2013;
  • TI8/W1USN Costa Rica 2014;
  • KP4/W1USN Puerto Rico 2015;
  • YN5RN Nicaragua 2016;
  • HP8/W1USN Panama 2017

All above QSO's have been uploaded to the Logbook of the World.

For 2017 we were in Panama from February 10th through February 22nd. All HP8/W1USN QSL's have been uploaded to LotW. Cards received direct without SASE's will go through the Buro. I do not use eQSL.

Thanks and 73, Mike W1USN

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