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Hi. My name is Chuck.  I was born in Brunswick, MD in 1932 and as a kid my radio idol was W3FCX .  Bill is a SK now but we retained a lifetime friendship until his death about 15 years ago.  Bill left town via  WWII and became a CW operators instructor for the war's duration.  By the time he returned from military service I only had a couple of years left in high school but he picked up as my mentor, again, as if there had never been an interruption,  During the first good 10M cycle after hams were permitted to resume operations Bill built a 500W 10M crystral controlled AM XMTR (very few VFO's were around in those days).  I used to disappear from school 2 or 3 afternoons a week during the lasts periods of the day and head for Bill's electronic repair shop where there was always time for a 10M contact or so.  At that point I was hooked for a lifetime!    I left my home town for college and graduate school and by the time I finished 7 years of training and ordaination as a United Methodist Pastor, I never returned there to live.  But whenever I visited family, Bill was always included in the visit.    I was licensed as WN3YOB in 1953 and as Technician W3YOB in 1954 and General in 1955,  While service to Jesus Christ as a minister was always my priority, electronics was always playing around the edges.  Later, in the early 1960's, I stepped my way through the Commercial License grades and passed the First Class operators test in 1964. 

Have always enjoyed the hobby, especially antenna construction.  Now that I'm 84, being off the ground isn't as enticing as it used to be and most of my end standards now have pullies and both feet are generally earth-bound.  If there's a better hobby to accompany growing older I hope it soon appears, but I don't think there is.  You'll find me mostly on 17, 20 and 40 meters most late afternoons.

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