Originally from Ohio and licensed WN8QYQ in 1973 at the age of 14. Forty-whatever year of licensure, but I was inactive for many years due to life, career, and 20 years of skydiving getting in the way. With over 4000 jumps, I held instructor and/or instructor evaluator ratings in static line, tandem, and accelerated freefall as well as a Professional Exhibition Rating which allowed me to jump into stadiums. It really was a fun time of my life.
I began my career in public safety before I was 18 as a volunteer FF and EMT. Right out of high school I was accepted as a cadet dispatcher working my way up the food chain to EMS Division Chief and am very proud to say was instrumental in developing one of the most progressive and modern rural EMS systems of the era in the State of Ohio. At one time or another I've stood all colors of the "thin line". As a Telecommunicator, Police Officer ( graduate of "THE" Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy), Firefighter, Registered Nurse and Paramedic for 30+ years I specialized in emergency medicine and worked as a helicopter flight nurse in a state of the art aeromedical system. I've done some teaching at the university, been published, and have been honored a time or two but the clinical practice days are over for me.
This photo is my youngest son Mark making his first skydive with yours truly as pilot in command. Mark is 6'4" and I'm 5'9" making for a very interesting landing.
My current interests in amateur radio include HF CONTESTING, DX with 209 confirmed via LOTW + some more on paper QSL cards. I enjoy tinkering with HF AMPLIFIERS, antenna experimentation, and a good ragchew. I say current interests because I'm a firm believer that if you get tired of one niche of the hobby, it's easy to follow another path. You just might learn something along the way.
Current station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 with Heil ProSet Elite for contesting and an older FT-990 which I've put back on the air playing with digital modes. Front line amp is an Alpha 87A with a Heathkit SB-220 as a backup and play-with amp. The pair of 3-500Z's glowing in the shack is cool and nostalgic! Antennas = Hygain TH7DX @ 72', independent resonant dipoles for 40 and 80 meters hanging from the pecan tree in low NVIS configuration although they surprise me with some DX on occasion. I'm working on getting something going for 160 meters soon.
For you military aviation enthusiasts, I served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and as a 1LT just out of flight school, I took my C-141 Qualification Checkride on Tail #60-177 from KFFO to KEDF. This aircraft is known as the Hanoi Taxi and airlifted the first POW's out of Vietnam 12 FEB 1973. Rear Admiral J.A. Denton was aboard this aircraft. This aircraft is now on permanent static display at WPAFB Museum.
I upload logs weekly to LOTW. If you need a traditional QSL card for SC please send and I return 100%. I ask for a SASE for U.S. Amateurs. DXCC countries needed which are not using LOTW I'll send DIRECT for a QSL card with either IRC, green stamps, or PayPal. I also upload to Clublog which is a great way to request QSL's from DXpeditions. I'm no longer able to answer QSL cards sent via the Bureau. Consider LOTW for immediate confirmation. LOTW is the way to go!
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