I've been interested in radio and electronics since I was a kid. I've been a SWL and enjoyed building receivers for years, but didn't get my license until a few years ago.
After getting my Extra, my first contact was with Spokane (from Atlanta) with about 50 feet of wire strung about 15 feet off the ground. My second QSO was with Germany. A few days later, I worked a museum submarine during the Subs on the Air special event.
Construction and repair is still my favorite aspect of the hobby. I've built a tiny FOXX-3 transceiver that fits inside and Altoids (tm) tin, the classic Tuna Tin 2, and several other projects. Also I've had an article about testing capacitor ESR published in the September 2003 issue of QST.
And while I feel more comfortable with a soldering iron in my fist than a key, I work about as much CW (albeit fairly slow CW) as voice.
We recently moved to a more rural QTH and my antenna has doubled in size and my shack has a great view of the woods. And although work has gotten in the way of my hobby for a few years, you'll find me sneaking off to my basement workshop filled with static and solder fumes as often as I can.
I love this stuff...
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