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In the early 50s my parents rented a spare room to an engineering student at Michigan State University. He gave me a crystal set for my 8th birthday, then showed me how to build better ones. After moving to Wisconsin, I was licensed as KN9DOP (Novice) in 1956, then K9DOP (Conditional). Active until 1960, I majored in Economics at the University of Wisconsin and was QRT for 48 years for career and family.

I retired in 2004 after working as an ET at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod, and then as a self-taught EE / Engineering Manager / Sales Engineer with three oceanographic instrument companies. I joined Sea-Bird Electronics, Inc. in 1984 and from 1992 was its President. Sea-Bird makes the salinity, temperature, and pressure sensors central to the function and purpose of 'ARGO' floats, about 3500 of which are distributed among the world's oceans. Free-drifting and normally hovering at a depth of about 2000 meters, they ascend to the surface every 10 days, measuring and recording a 'profile' of critical ocean characteristics as they rise. The data and the float GPS position are transmitted to satellites that relay the information, all of which is open-source and available without cost, to scientists throughout the world.  Because most of the solar energy that warms our planet is stored in the oceans, what happens in the oceans -- how much heat is absorbed, where it goes, and how its distribution changes over time -- has an enormous influence on weather and climate. From the ARGO data, ocean water density and temperature can be mapped in three dimensions, the water's heat content calculated, and the ocean currents that affect its transport determined. An article in the New York Times of 11 August 2014 called this system "one of the scientific triumphs of the age". My partners and I at Sea-Bird designed the sensors.

Back on the air in December 2007 and made my first QSO since the 50s on the 28th. W7NUW is a vanity call that recalls my fond memory of operating the Wausau, Wisconsin club station, W9NUW. Not fancy for CW, but I like the rhythm.

Rig is a Ten-Tec Omni VII to a Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.2Kfx, giving 600 watts and compensating a little for my poor QTH (major hill to the NE). Antennas are a 40-30-20-15 meter "coupled resonator", full-wave OCF (25%) dipoles for 20 and 17 meters, a sloping dipole for 20 meters, a 15/17m dipole at 33', and elevated-radial verticals for 40 and 80 meters. I am all CW (FISTS #13711) and don't own a mike.

8 years on I have 285 entities worked and and 284 confirmed. Better gear, and many more foreign big guns and DXpeditions, than in the late 50s -- but compared to 57/58, what a disappointment Cycle 24 was!

Other interests include sailing, jazz and symphonic music; reading: history, non-fiction, and novels.

My Maine Coon cat 'Billy' is helping me check the SWR on a new 30 meter dipole. He's looking at the mouse!


QSL: LoTW (preferred) , direct

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