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I am now on LOTW and am uploading all contacts there. If you do the same you have my sincere appreciation!

I was first licensed as a novice in 1971. Using a rock bound Globe Chief 90A and a National NC 270 I began to enjoy the world of ham radio. In 1972 I received my General ticket and went from WN7SCA to WA7SCA. Soon a Johnson Ranger and a 15 meter yagi were added to my shack.

During the seventies I occasionally swapped rigs, finished high school, went to more school, and gradually spent less time on the air. I was off the air from 1980 to 2000.

In March of 2000 I went to a local Ham Show/Swap meet and picked up a Heathkit HW 101. It took me a couple of months to get it on the air. Soon I had upgraded to Extra and expanded the station to include all bands and modes from 160 meters to 33 cm. I am fortunate to be just over the line in grid square CN86. Most of the greater Seattle area hams are in CN87 and this makes me very popular in the VHF and up contests.

One of my greatest wishes for Amateur radio is improvements in the sattelites. Imagine the relevance in todays world if ham radio ops could have access to powerful geosynchonous sattelites! There are  close to a million hams in the USA and Canada alone. If a majority of hams contributed even $5 or $10 to Amsat on a regular basis this could be a possibility. I do and I hope you will consider it too.

I look forward to hearing you on the air. As I heard one net control announce; "There are no strangers in Amateur Radio, just friends you haven't meet."

Update: During the season of 6 meter openings I am on 50.290mc PSK31. Remember, treat 6 meter contacts like a contest. Just get the call signs and grid squares across on the first go around. Then, if you continue to have a contact go ahead with the "tnx for the call & my name & QTH & so on. 6 meter opennings can come and go with no warning. You need to get the essentials taken care of and then have a QSO. Hope to catch you on 50.290!

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