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Amateur radio operator since 1962. Former calls WV2ZKO (Novice in 1962) and WA2ZKO (General in 1962; Extra in 1964). Ham interests: DX, CW, signal processing software, and microprocessor hardware projects.

I was always interested in science and technology as a kid but what drew me into ham radio were visits to my uncle's house - Joe Painter, W2BHM (SK). He was an Honor Roll DX'er who had been in the signal corps in the Pacific during WWII. His shack consisted of nothing but military surplus and home brew equipment (at least back then it did). His world was magic to me. What might have clinched it for me was when he worked Franz Josef Land on CW while I watched over his shoulder. I was just a high school freshman and had never heard of Franz Josef Land which, being part of the Soviet Union just intensified the thrill back in those days at the peak of the cold war. The idea that you could talk with someone there from your basement just knocked me over. Anyway, he helped me get study guides for the Novice ticket and helped me gather parts for my first Novice transmitter which was a 30 watt,crystal controlled (as all novice transmitters had to be back then),one tube CW transmitter described in the 1958 ARRL Radio Amateurs' Handbook. I had a lot of fun with that rig and my wobbly old SX-99 receiver - no doubt more fun than with any far better rig since then. After I had been rolling for a month or two, the mailman noticed that some QSL cards were coming in and asked me how far away I had gotten with my radio setup. I proudly told him that I had talked with a guy from all the way to Minnesota (from New Jersey)!!!. His smile disappeared but it didn't do anything to dampen my enthusiasm. Joe, W2BHM, my uncle and mentor, has been gone since 2000 and I miss him a lot.

Awards: 8BDXCC, DXCC Honor Roll(Mixed #7375), WAZ(CW #274) .

Rigs: Elecraft K3, Elecraft K2, Elecraft KX1, TS-440SAT, Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5KFX (The K3 and the HL-1.5KFX are great rigs!)

Antennas: Two Center-Fed Doublets up about 18 meters fed with ladder line using homebrew balanced-T tuners.

Other hobbies: Astronomy, physics, designing and building programmable gadgets (keyers, etc.).

Professional life: Electrical Engineer (B.Eng, Stevens Institute of Tech.'69; MSEE, Columbia University '71; MS Physics, Stevens Institute of Tech. '74). Principal Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs/AT&T Labs, Florham Park, NJ (retired from AT&T Labs in July, 2009 after 31 years). Enjoying retirement ...

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