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The picture shown with my callsign is an aerial photograph of Edmonds, WA and my QTH is in the slightly right center of the picture. My current station is Elecraft KX3/PX3/KXPA100 driving, when needed, an Ameritron ALS-1306 solid state 1200 watt amplifier.  Antennas are SteppIR vertical and a dipole at about 60 feet for 75 meter nets and ragchew.  I work mostly SSB with some PSK31 and CW. 

My QTH (Edmonds, WA) is a quiet suburban community about 11 miles north of Seattle and is in a natural "ampitheatre" on the eastern shore of Puget Sound. The overall population within the city limits is about 40,000 people but that includes quite a bit of "urban sprawl" to the east. I live on the edge the "old" part of town and am about .75 mile from the Puget Sound shoreline with no view from the house but a nice view of the Sound about a three minute walk up the street. Edmonds was founded in 1870 and is the oldest incorporated city in Snohomish County. It was originally a logging and shingle making town with large sailing ships and later  freighters loading lumber and cedar shingles at the docks right on the edge of "downtown." The historic downtown is right on the shoreline and is now a major port for the Washington State Ferry System. The historic downtown is only about eight short blocks centered on the intersection of Main Street and 5th Avenue and is very picturesque with several early 1900's buildings on Main Street housing mostly small shops, restaurants, galleries and a still operating classic 1920s vintage small town movie theatre (and lots of tourists on a nice day). The mainline of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad runs right along the waterfront and we have many freight, coal, oil  and passenger trains (both Amtrak and a regional heavy rail commuter railroad (The Sounder) rumble through town every day.  The other maritime activity in Edmonds is a very large public marina operated by the Port of Edmonds. The marina has a nice Boardwalk where locals and tourists can stroll 1/2 a mile looking at the boats and over at the Olympic  Penninsula mountains accross the sound.  There are several major city parks with beaches along the waterfront.

My wife and I have lived in Edmonds since 1971. We have two daughters and two grandchildren. I am a retired public high school  school teacher and district administrator and she is a teacher's assistant at a local high school. I first became interested in ham radio in the 5th grade thanks to one of my teachers. My lovely wife since 1968 has always been supportive of the hobby and she is a licensed ham herself as are both our adult  daughters and my younger daughter's husband.  Our 12 year old grandaughter is planning to work on her license this summer.

My current "in retirement" ham radio interest after many years of limited activity is mostly DX and 75 meter traffic nets and my favorite modes are SSB, CW (rusty but trying) and PSK31. I enjoy restoring "boat anchors" but usually trade or sell them after playing with them so that I can move on to a different boat anchor. I don't enjoy operating boat anchors because my modern equipment has more features and in most (not all) cases better performance. I do love working on boat anchors and keeping the old technology alive. I especially enjoy restoring high power tube type linear amplifiers and am a paticular fan of Heathkit, Henry and Collins amplifiers, My electronics knowledge is self taught and dates back to building my first Heathkit VOM at the age of 12 and then many other Heathkits, all which I spent many hours researchig and learning about their design and circuit functions. I still love "real radios that glow in the dark". 73 and gud dx to u! Dave

 

 

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