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When I was finishing high school I had no idea what I was going to do for a living. One day someone asked me what my hobbies were and I said ham radio and photography. Their comment back to me was why don't you pick one for your profession?". That seemed too easy, but I decided to choose photography. After I received training in Commercial Photography in New York City, my first job turned out to be as a Medical Photographer for the West Virginia University Medical Center.

In 1970 I moved to Washington, DC to work for Doctors Hopital/ Washington Medical Center as their Medical Photographer. In 1978 the hospital closed and I moved to Capitol Hill Hospital in Washington as their Medical Photographer. While working for Capitol Hill Hospital, I met a beautiful woman, Judy Powell, who eventually became my wife. In the early 1980s we moved to Massachusetts, and after bouncing around doing several different types of work, I was able to get back into Medical Photography doing work that I really enjoyed. I was hired by the Biomedical Media department at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and worked with them until 2003 when the university closed our department. I can honestly say that for over 40 years working as a Medical Photographer, I got paid for pursuing my hobby.

I received my first amateur radio license (WN8IMU) in 1964 while living in West Virginia. I let that license lapse and was relicensed in the early 1970s as WB3EJA as a resident of Washington, DC. Doctors Hospital allowed me to put my station in my office and my antenna was on top of their elevator shack which was nearly 140 feet in the air. My office was on the eighth floor so I ran the coax cable out my office window to the elevator shack. In late 1981 we moved to Massachusetts. Not expecting to move anymore in 2003 I applied for a Vanity call W1IMU and got it. As luck would have it, in 2004 we moved again to Shelton, Washington. I again applied for a Vanity call W7IMU and got it. Hopefully I am through moving.

As you can see from the photos, my station is comprised of an ICOM IC-756-Pro 3, an ACOM 1000 amplifier and antenna switch, a Yaesu 2800 rotor -- I actually have replaced the Yaesu with a M2 RC2800PX rotor, a controller for the U.S. Tower HDX-555 that is remote control from the shack. Not shown is the Collins 75A-4 KWS-1 that is in excellent working order. My antennas include a Stepp-IR 4-element beam with 6 and 30/40 meter add-ons, a Mosley AM 14-2 antenna, and a Cushcraft vertical R-6000 with its top nearly 100 feet above ground . For 80 meters  I have a sloping Inverted Vee as you can see in the photo that is attached to the other end of the flag support.

Photograph of myself and station was taken by David Frazier of Boise, ID.

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