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I received my Novice Class license in 1961 during my senior year at Texas City High School. My Elmer was my shop teacher, Mr. Graham, W5VXV. That summer, before going to the University of Texas, I went to the Houston FCC office and passed my General class (they used a WWII CW tape machine to send the code test!). I upgraded to Advanced class in 1972 and Extra class in 1978 (20 wpm in front of the "steely eyes" of the FCC examiner) at the Dallas FCC office.

My ham radio interests have been HF (SSB and CW). I have an Elecraft K3/KPA500/KAT500/P3 and Acom1500/Palstar AT2KD. My HF antennas are a Mosley TA54XL at 50 ft, a 40M Delta Loop, a 30M Inverted V and a 80M inverted L . At 55 feet is a M2 5 element 6M Yagi.

My XYL for 48 years was Mary, WD5IHY (SK), who held the General Class and was licensed in 1978, also at the same Dallas FCC Office. My older brother, Dexter, is also a ham, K5WDW, who lives in Houston, Texas.

I worked 41 years as an Electrical Engineer in the Defense Industry in the Dallas area, working for LTV Electrosystems in Garland, Tx., and the Defense Group at Texas Instruments and later at Raytheon in Dallas.

I retired on Dec. 31, 2007 and was a full time caretaker at home for my wife, Mary, who passed away peacefully on August 19, 2016.

I have rekindled my interest in CW, especially working DX on this mode. Now is a lot different than my early days in 1961, when all I had was a 75 watt xtal controlled transmitter with a few crystals, a Hallicrafters receiver and my trusty, vintage US Army Signal Corps J-38 code key. The key is the only piece of equipment I have from my novice days in 1961.

DXCC Mixed (335 Total All/325 Total Current)

Remaining to work: Agalega & St. Brandon Is., Aves I., Bouvet, Crozet I., DPR of Korea, Glorioso Is.,Kerguelen Is.,Peter 1 I., Pratas I., San Felix & San Ambrosio, Scarborough Reef, Syria and Turkmenistan...  

8DXCC #8375 with 12/17 and 30M endorsement

WPX/WAC Mixed, Phone and CW

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