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I was first licensed in 1961 as WV2SYM.  I upgraded to General Class the same year and received the call sign WA2SYM. I upgraded to Advanced Class in 1964. I held the call sign K2EGJ, and today hold W2LCQ which belonged to my Elmer Bob Rauhofer W2LCQ (SK) and which I requested in my 50th year as an Amateur Radio Operator in tribute to Bob. I would not be here today if it were not for Bob who showed a 16 year old kid how to make a 6L6/807 50 watt crystal controlled exciter work, and instilled my love for CW with a gift of a McElroy Champion bug. I still operate mostly CW today but also some SSB and FM. I enjoy rag chewing, contesting and working DX.

I am am a member of CW Ops, QCWA, FISTS, SKCC, ARRL.  I also belong to the ECARS,  Jarhead and Navy Amateur Radio Club (NARC) nets. I also belong to the 50 Plus Club on Hamsphere.

My station consitsts of an Icom756 Pro III running 100 watts to a 30 ft end fed inverted L wire up 30 ft. The antenna is a stealth design  tossed out the kitchen window into the top of a tree in front of my apartment building. The antenna through an Icom AH-4 external auto tuner. Main key is a 1961 Vibroplex Original. I also use a Begali Contour for contests, and a J-38 straight key for SKN and SKCC events. VHF FM rigs a Yaesu 7800 with Diamond antenna, and a Yaesu dual band H/T..

I operate CW at around 35 wpm but will always QRS and enjoy helping new hams with the code.  If you want a code buddy please contact me on email. Also, if you need New York County (Manhattan) for your WAC award I am happy to sked with you.

I retired from the telecom industry after 30 years at ITT, Sprint, MCI, Nextel and technology venture capital firms. Today I am mostly  retired but will take the occasional movie or TV role. I am a member of the SGAG-AFTRA and AEA actors unions. I love listening to all kinds of music, collecting U.S. postage stamps,, playing my guitar and riding my bike around the city.

Lastly, I am a proud Vietnam veteran. I served in country as Communications Officer of the 1st Battalion 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division 1968-1969. A hearty Semper Fi and Welcome Home to all my brothers.

Please QSL direct, via the W2 bureau or eQSL. I reply to every QSL.

Vy 73, Ed W2LCQ

...and to my Elmer Bob W2LCQ (SK) I can only say Thank You.

In special rememberance of Charlie Finkelman, the FCC Engineer In Charge at the old New York FCC Field Office on Washington St. who tapped a scared high school kid on the wrist to signal that he had passed the 13 wpm code test.


"I am busy just now again on electro-magnetism, and think I have got hold of a good thing, but can't say. " - - - Michael Faraday

"My ear barely caught signals coming in regular succession which could not have been produced on earth..." - - -Nikola Tesla

"Thinking makes it so."- - - Will Shakespeare





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