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                                       Thanks for stopping by and checking out my QRZ page.

I was first licensed in September of 1953 as WN5FKW. As the Novice license was only good for one year, and my time was being taken up with girls and cars, the license lapsed and I did not get back into ham radio until 1974. In 1960, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served for 22 years in the Teletype Maintenance career field (363X0) with tours in Germany, South Carolina, Thailand, and Texas, being primarily assigned to Instructional and Mobile Communication Groups. In 1974, I bought a Realistic shortwave radio and found a "Elmer" who tutored me, eventually giving me the Novice exam which I passed, being issued my second Novice call of WN5MWM.  By that time I had a Heathkit HR-10B & Realistic receiver / a Heathkit DX-60B / HG-10B transmitter / VFO & and the new addition to the station of a HW-101 / HP23. Six months later, I upgraded to General before being transferred back to Germany. where, for two (2) years I operated under the call sign of DA2AN. Operating the HW-101, and using a Butternut vertical atop a 4 story family housing unit, I logged 1,824 contacts AS THE DX instead of CHASING THE DX.  I rotated back to the states in 1978 and spent 18 months at Bergstrom AFB in Austin TX,  before being transferred back to Wichita Falls as the NCOIC of the Teletype Maintenance branch. I retired from the Air Force in 1982 and my final move was back to Austin, TX where I went to work as a dispatcher for the Travis County Sheriffs Department. I applied for a commisioned officer position and after testing, was accepted and sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in February of 1983. After graduating from the Academy, I worked as a street Deputy for 4 years, then transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. I worked in Burglary / Theft units until 1990, when I was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, investigating sexual assaults, robberies, homicides and other major crimes. I investigated those types of crimes until I retired in July of  2004.

 

There should be a special award for the wives of service men and women. Marianne, my XYL, never batted a eye whenever I told her that I had been re-assigned to another duty station. She took care of the packing and sorting out the items being taken to the next assignment and what was to be put in storage, then planning on looking for another place to call home, knowing full well that it would happen again in the years to come. We were blessed with three daughters, now all grown up and out of the house. I have learned one thing, children move out for whatever reason, but come back at times due to unforeseen circustances. THEY ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

June 4th, 1960 to September 23, 1960---- Basic Training----Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas

Oct 1960 to May 1961-----Sheppard AFB, Texas----Basic Teletype Maintenance School (Graduated as A/2c)

June 1961 to June 1965-----Ramstein AFB, Ramstein, Germany (604th Communications Squadron) (Promoted to A/1c)

December 18, 1963----Married Marianne Puhle with daughter Sabrina Anne Puhle, born May 31, 1962 in Berlin, Germany

July 1965 to October 1966--Shaw AFB, Sumter, S. C. (728th Direct Air Support Squadron) (Promoted to SSgt)

October 27, 1965----Leslie Christina Wines, born at the base hospital at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. 

October 1966 to October 1968---Chiang Mai, Thailand ( Det. 1---1980th Communications Squadron)

October 1968---June 1972----Sembach AFB, Germany (2nd Mobile Communications Group)

June 26, 1969-----------Tracy Lynn Wines, born at the Landstuhl Army Hospital, Landstuhl, Germany

June 1972---October 1975----Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX  (3750th Teletype Maintenance Group  (Promoted to  TSgt)

October 1975---June 1977--- Neu Ulm Air Station, Neu Ulm, Germany (601st Tactical Control Group)

June 1977--October 1978---Graffenwohr Air Station, Graffenwohr, Germany (632nd Tactical Control Squadron)

October 1978--June 1979---Bergstrom AFB, Austin, TX (601st Mobile Communications Group) (Promoted to MSgt)

June 1979----July 31, 1982----Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX (3750th Teletype Maintenace Group) (RETIRED--WITH A LINE NUMBER FOR SENIOR MASTER SGT.)

 

 This is the current station configuration as of June 13, 2017. The top transceiver, a FT-450D was sold in September of 2017.

                                          


 

The station consists of a FTdx3000 feeding either a Cushcraft R-8 vertical at 38 feet, a G5RV,  a 4 band dipole,  5 band MA5-B Yagi, the last three at 25 feet. CW is my mode of choice, but the digital modes have put a lot of dust on the old BY-1 key. One addition to the station is a BEGALI SIGNATURE key that broke the radio fund. I rarely operate SSB, as I tend to freeze up on the microphone.

 

 

I was 14 years old when a friend of mine took this photo and submitted it to CQ Magazine for review. It was approved and printed in the April 1955 edition in the then " the Novice Shack" section of the magazine. 

                                                            

I am a member of FISTS, #18010---PODXS, #1949---SKCC, #13153
 

I QSL 100% via eQSL (AUTO-UPLOAD), LoTW and direct. My information is current on QRZ and NO SASE is needed.. I IMPLORE ALL HAM RADIO OPERATORS TO COMPLETE THEIR QSO'S WITH A QSL CARD. WHAT WITH ALL THE QSL SITES AROUND, IT ONLY TAKES A FEW KEYSTOKES AND A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE THAT QSO. Thanks for reading and looking at the photo's, and I hope to meet you on the air.                                

                                                       GL, GDX and hope to meet on the band(s).

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                                                                                     Rick

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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