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Hi, and thanks for visiting my page.

I got started in this hobby when I discovered 160 meter AM conversations that I picked up on my bedside radio at about 12 years of age. I decided that was something that I had to do. My dad had worked in a radio shop in his teenage years, so he was somewhat familiar with it. I tried learning code by myself with no help. Not an easy task. Boy Scout projects helped, semaphore but no audio.

It all came together when I got to high school and found a couple of like minded fellows. A novice license, KN4CBE soon followed in February 1955. I up-graded to Conditional in November of that year, dropped the "N" and was K4CBE for the next 22 years. Swapped that for my present call in January, 1977. C,B,E,Z,D,T,P,G, etc, too confusing on phone, and the "E" got dropped too often on CW. 

My family saw how much fun I was having, so Mom, Dad, and one brother got licensed as Novices, although none of them upgraded. My little sister (age 9) learned the code "just because it was neat" but didn't try for a license.

I served in Uncle Sam's Air Force for a little over four years, which provided some mobile and portable operation in Mississippi and California. That was followed by a career in computers at IBM. I retired once in 1992, and after a few years of part time work I gave it up for good in 2002.

Like many of us, there were lots of years of little or no activity due to a growing  family, work, etc; etc; but now there is plenty of time for hamming. I work mostly CW and digital but I have a mike in case I ever need one. Enjoy chasing DX, along with a little contesting from time to time.

Present equipment includes a Ten-Tec Corsair II. I love the big knobs and real switches, and the excellent QSK. A great CW rig. I also have an Icom IC735 for digital modes, after being used for several years of mobile/portable duty.

Update!....I finally moved my setup into the 21st century. Last fall (2015) I won an Icom ID-5100 at the Chattanooga hamfest, and when QST reviewed the Icom IC-7300, I could not resist the appeal of an SDR in a box with knobs and switches. A truly amazing radio. So now I'm playing around with D-STAR and the latest thing in SDRs. Look for me on Reflector 77C and 80-6 meters on CW and digi. Maybe a little SSB from time to time.

The antennas are a couple of dipoles up in the trees, fed with window line and a tuner. One 135' runs E-W and a 50' runs N-S, giving fairly decent coverage in most directions.

Hope to meet you on the air, or hear your call in the next pile-up.

Vy 73,  Bill    

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