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I was born 1947 in Vancouver, WA. Grew up in a Navy family and moved all over the world. Dad retired in 1963 and moved us from Charleston South Carolina and settled down in Lake Stevens, WA. I attended Lake Stevens high school from 1963 to 1965 where I got interested in amateur radio and Morse code but didn’t get serious about it. Moved to Everett and graduated from Everett High in 1966.

Then in 1966 I registered for college but received a draft notice from the Army so decided to join the Navy. Attended Boot Camp in San Diego and then later assigned to the USS Wiltsie DD-716 also home ported in San Diego.

We made a number of trips into the Tonkin Gulf, Vietnam where we did plane guard for a number of Carriers flying missions in country of Vietnam. We also spent many days off of the coast shooting 5" 38 shells. Not a happy time to remember. Once back to the states I was transferred to a Special Project in China Lake, CA. Spent 18 months doing that.

I married a Seattle girl in 1969 after 3 years in the Navy. Left the Navy in 1969 and then in 1970 re-enlisted back into the navy. Re-enlisted for a school and was sent to the Data Systems DS “A”school at Mare Island, Ca. This was a 42 week school of advance electronics, digital theory, math and earth sciences. I have never been to a school this hard, almost didn’t make it. Was then sent on for more training and finally transferred to the Azores Portugal for my first duty station as a DS (Data Systems Technician). I once again got interested in amateur radio and started studying code, but again I bailed out.

Transferred back to Mare Island as an instructor in 1977 and taught the sailor boys and girls the same school I went thru. One of my classes I was teaching started calling me “Hobbit” and it stuck with me all of my Naval career and even to this day they call me the Hobbit. One of the best tours I had. I was then transferred to the USS Nimitz in Norfolk,VA and stayed for 4 1/2 years. Transferred to the Mobile Training Unit Two (MOTU2) in Norfolk and really enjoyed that tour. I stayed in the Navy for 22 years and retired as Data System Senior Chief (E8). I retired in 1988 and moved my family back to the Seattle area and finally to Silverdale.

Started working as a contractor (Raytheon Corp) for the U.S. Government for about 14 years and traveled almost every other month for 2 to 4 weeks at a time. Beganining of 2000 was divorced by my wife after almost 30 years.

Became a born again Christian 31 January 2000 and haven’t looked back. Then in 2002 was picked up as a Government employee. 2008 started working on my amateur radio ticket once again, this time I studied and received my technician license and then received my General where I am to this day. Want to move up to Extra and have been studying a little each night but the bands keep calling me. I work 80, 40, 20, haven’t ventured to any of the others but I know that will happen one day. Been working on Code and this is hard but think I will get on day.

I run a Kenwood TS-2000x thru an AT-200 pro tuner into a dipole, G5RV, antenna. Want to move up to an amplifier, Ameriton 80B and the Palstar Auto-tuner. Also checking out the DX Engineering HEXX antenna. Then on 19 May 2017 Re-married my sweatheart and we both are very happy we re-married.

Previous call sign: KE7VRV

Dave Hobbs




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