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First licensed in 1953, as a General Class licensee while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Communicatios Technician (CT3) during the Korean War. I was stationed first on Guam, M.I., and then at Cheltenham Maryland (NSS) where I helped put K3NSS on the air.

In the late sixties, while working for G.E. in Atlanta, I upgraded to Advanced Class, and in 2005 after an absence from amateur radio for a short period of time, I upgraded to Extra Class.

Over the years I have had many radios, WRL Globe Scout, Drake, Collins, Flex Radio Systems, Elecraft, Yaesu and ICOM. In 2006 the XYL and I downsized to a garden home and from that point on I became an "an attic antenna ham". The HF attic antenna farm now boasts a Marconi (random wire) for 80 thru 20M, a full wave 40M skywire for 40M thru 10M, a Force 12 Sigma 5 five band vertical dipole, a stressed Moxon rectangle on 6M, a 6 element 2 meter beam and lastly for FM a 2M/432 homebrewed J-Pole.

Finally, I have settled the radio migration by acquiring a complete Elecraft K-Line.? What a dream machine. The addition of the 500W capability gives me the power I need 80M thru 6M to break a pileup and also work meteor scatter. I also added the internal 2M transverter which with the addition of the Beko HLV-1000, fill out the station until I acquire some additional transverters for possibly 222 and 432.

While my location is not what one would desire for VHF/UHF activities, I have managed a measure of success and find it a lot of fun. HF wise, I have DXCC with 230+ countries confirmed most of which were done on CW. Recently I have begun to work a bit of RTTY and frequently get a rare one on that mode. The digital modes, PSK and JTx continue to provide activity when the bands are suffering and Meteor Scatter is always there for a good qso mornings and evenings.

My standby radio is and will be a Elecraft K2/10 outfitted with the battery option and autotuner. For sensitivity I have found few radios to match my sweet little K2/10 and enjoy putting an antenna on it and working a bit or QRP CW down on the HF bands.

73s, Jim, W4ATK

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