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Hello!  My name is Bill, and I have been W5EIY since 1954.   
    I was born in Weatherford, OK, grew up on a farm there, graduated HS in 1957 and headed off to Oklahoma State University for six years to get degrees in Animal Science & Horticulture.  After OSU, I moved to Texas for about eight years, then came to Enid in 1973 to look after parents—both my wife's and my own.  
    After a few years in the banking business I started off on a new career as a sales rep for a nail and air nailer company, covering four states and driving about 5,000 miles per month.  In 2012, after 35 years on the road, I retired to have more time to play radio and encourage our eight grandchildren in their sports, music and theatre endeavors.  
    My rig is an Icom IC-718 running 80-90 watts through an LDG Z-100 tuner to a 33-ft long inverted L.  Just 33 f`eet?  Yeah, covenants keep me in the stealth mode, so the end-fed wire sneaks up 15 feet vertically alongside my workshop/shack, then runs 18 feet horizontally—never higher than the peak of the wood shake roof.  
    I enjoy both CW and SSB operation, especially late night DX-ing and rag-chewing. Plus, experimenting with simple antennas, including portable ones.  With K5ECI, another "Bill in Enid," we are assembling a go-kit around my Alinco DX70TH to use in case of a storm or other emergency—or even for day-trips to local state parks.  
    Hope to CU soon. Good DX to all!  And let's keep pounding that brass.

PHOTOS: (UPPER L) My station is the IC-718, LDG tuner, Samlex 1223 power supply, speaker, Speed-X key and hand mike. Just the basics, but what great fun!  (UPPER RIGHT) SKCC, FISTS, WAC and WAS certificates earned with my peanut whistle set-up.  Those deer antlers are from a well-remembered hunting trip with my son when he was ten years old. (LOWER LEFT) If you have worked another "Bill in Enid," that would probably be K5ECI, on right in the yellow vest.  We are at the annual Cherokee Strip paradE celebrating the 1893 Land Rush with some longhorns right in our hip pockets. (LOWER RIGHT) Mug shot of the Secretary of the Enid Amateur Radio Club—www.enidarc.org.

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