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Became interested in short wave listening and electronics at the age of 12. Picked up a Radio TV Experimenter at a local food store. Sent in for all those great catalogs and branched out to other magazines like Electronics Illustrated and Popular electronics which had ham radio articles and columns. Got a Lafayette HE-30 shortwave receiver at the end of the school year and that opened up the world of short wave listening along with listening to hams. Got my novice ham license at 14, WN3GDX. Went on the air with a DX-20 and Mohawk with an 80/40 meter dipole, short on QSOs but long on fun. That “good DX” call got away from me when the novice was good for one year and I had to wait for a trip to New York to go to the FCC office for my general, WA3JDH, and moved up to a DX-100. Got into electronics class in high school with Asa (everyone called him Ace) Casterlin, W3QXW. Had a SP-200 and DX-60 in class, and spent time enjoying class and building Greymark kits such as regen and superhet receivers. Went through the advanced and extra as incentive licensing came out then (was one of the many things in my lifetime which was going to kill ham radio). Never failed an element and was wondering why I did the advanced and remembered you had to be a general for at least two years then before taking the extra back then. Did the first phone with a radar endorsement and the second telegraph (had to have time as a commercial CW op to take the first). Moved to a SB-301 / SB-401 which got me on sideband and better CW and then added a SB-200 (still have these, did the Harbach mods to the 200 which kept it up to date).  Put up a Gotham Quad (not the best build quality) on a 40” wooden 4X4 guyed tower. Looked like something out of building the pyramids with the neighborhood out raising it with a block and tackle. Went off to the local, Wilkes Barre, Penn State for an associate’s degree in electrical/electronics and then moved on for a BS. Went with Raytheon on route 128 near Boston out of school and then down to Rhode Island. Got my MSEE from what is now U Mass Lowell (was Lowell Tech and then U Lowell). Didn’t like the New England weather and moved to the Washington area with IBM in the Washington area after four years and spent most of my time in VA and MD working for companies in the area. Usually had a station on the air. Main station now is an Elecraft K3, Alpha 8100 amp, Palstar AT5K tuner, a Cushcraft X7 at 50”, HyGain HyTower, 160 inverted L and assorted boat anchors and VHF gear.  Have DXCC Honor Roll, Five Band DXCC, DXCC Challenge, WAS (including 160), WAZ, and VUCC. Am an ARRL, Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), and National Capitol DX Association (NCDXA) member. Something I still bring up with my parents – when I was 12 and they were having the discussion whether to go to the local Lafayette Associate store in Wilkes Barre, Pa, and buy a short wave radio for me (after going through the usual series of childhood things), my dad said “do you think he will stay interested in this?”. After 50 years, I think the answer is yes.

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