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Welcome, thanks for stopping by. Tom is the name

Am currently on a quest to learn and become proficient at CW, and spending all of my "free" time practicing, or on the air.

Member of the SKCC (14961T).. very much enjoying this, probably the most helpful, and nicest people I have run into as a group, since I started the hobby.

Making good progress to my C.

Now have my "C" 

3/7/2017 - Now have my T

Still getting a good deal of use out of my CW Machine, helps a lot for sending properly... must work because most people are saying I am sending OK... for now just using the straight key.. in particular, the Begali Blade... not much to compare it to, but, i do like it a lot... probably never have a need for any other straight key, unless it is just on a fluke, and want to try something old school.

Signed up for the CW Academy level 2 class..  will be taking that, it appears, in the April / May Semester... I should have enough under my belt by then to be able to get the most out of the classes, I do notice what everyone keeps saying, is that what really makes the difference is getting on the air, and just making mistakes and learning from them... the SKCC people, have helped with that... everyone I have had exchanges with, has been very patient and cooperative, and respectful of my ability.

Oct 30, 2016 - I made my first CW contact... thank you K0RO for your patience in dealing with me.

Got an OCF 10 to 80 meter dipole up over the past couple weeks, had it up in a couple different configurations based on the space i have to use, and I am very happy with it now.

March 4, 2017 - raised my OCF about 10 feet, so, am probably in the 35 to 40 foot range now...it is performing quite well, a lot of QRP contacts with good signal reports, and if necessary, i can take it down in about 15 minutes, and put it back up in about the same time.

Been pretty much using the KX3 exclusively while learning my CW skills.. it is nice to have a little backup with the decoding that the KX3 can do... once I get a bit more confident in my copy skills, i will start using my Kenwood TS-480 some more... that will give me 100 Watts if I need it, so i can work on my C's T's and S's ...

I am a trained SkyWarn Spotter, Still enjoy the SkyWarn activities, when we get the weather for it

Member of ARRL

Member of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club

Member of Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society (RATS)

NAQCC number = 8219

SKCC number = 14961T

FISTS number = 17869

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