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Born: 1939, Pensacola, Florida

I was first licensed in 1954 as WN4HBK and upgraded to General in 1955 acquiring the call sign I've used to this day. My dad is responsible for my favorite suffix moniker... the Hot Biscuit Kid ... I could really put away my mom's scratch biscuits!

My first station I built myself and consisted of super regenerative RX and a 6L6 TX...from designs in the ARRL Handbook. My dad was a radio mechanic for the Navy and taught me how to read schematics and solder. Later stations consisted of Hallicrafters S-38C, National NC-98, HRO-5 recievers and several Heathkit and Globe Scout transmitters. Boy, those were the days!!

After high school I entered college intending to become an antenna engineer but eventually gravitated towards a degree in Physics. This was pretty cool because it led to a career with NASA where I worked on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle projects....all thanks to my early interest in radio.

Today I'm fully retired and living in Gulf Breeze, FL... just across Pensacola Bay from my hometown. My XYL (Anna) and I enjoy the local beaches in a variety of ways....surf fishing, beachcombing, hiking, painting (her) and photography (me). We are also enjoy gardening and winemaking.

My Amateur Radio interests are CW, DX, contests, antennas and building simple radio gear.

I enjoy QRSS and operate a grabber which runs 24/7.  It is usually on 10140000 +/- 100 Hz with occasional jaunts to other bands when there is interest.  You can see the grabber's waterfall display here: http://www.qsl.net/w4hbk/W4HBKgrabber.html

 My latest endevor is chasing SOTA stations, those intrepid ops who hike up to mountain tops all around the World with QRP gear.  It's as much fun and as challenging as DXCC work.  Check it out at:  http://www.sotawatch.org

 

 

 

 

 

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