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This picture is me (age 5 or so) with the Remco crystal set (anybody out there get theirs to work???) that my grandpa Bill, W9IMQ gave me for Christmas (yes, it was called that back then :P) I loved it but it probably was in irrepairable pieces by sundown, knowing my curiously destructive nature...

(Also, that's a 14" Black and White MUNTZ TV in the background!)

Well, I went on to officially enter the magical world of ham radio at the tender early age of 13 :) Nowadays, being an amateur astronomer as well as radio operator, I've calculated the first "dit" I ever sent is now out past one of the major stars in the Big Dipper (hope the content of my QSOs won't spark some kind of Intergalactic War or something!)

My first call was WN9GVW, issued back in 1963, and at that time I had assumed I'd get the 1x3 that I assumed it would  morph into, but as luck would have it they were issuing "WA" calls instead (RATS!). 49-odd (and they have been ODD!) years later, I get my new call--W9GVW--and my teenage wish!!

I retired from the USAF in 1991, after hamming aeronautical mobile and from exotic extremes such as Alaska, England, Greece and Okinawa, Japan. I also spent time on the air from Panama, Diego Garcia BIOT, and the "Black Pearl of the Pacific" (If you know the phrase, you know where I'm talking about) After retiring, I was looking for a low-stress job, so I ended up teaching elementary science in the public school system here in San Antonio. Perhaps one of these days I'll get around to setting up a ham station at the school. Any equipment donations out there? HI HI

Lately, I operate mostly CW (a lot from the mobile)on the low end of 40 and 80 meters as well as being active in CW traffic handling. Occasionally I'll hand out a few points in contests, but I much prefer ragchewing to contesting. And, yes, CW still ROCKS!!! (Try it, you'll LIKE it!!!) Oh, and I'm dabbling lately with Ancient Modulation, much to the chagrin of the locals on 3880 :-)

Well, that's about it...God Bless y'all, and see you on the bands!

73 DE Eric W9GVW

NOWQSLing viaeQSL and LOTW (snailmail, too, of course)!!!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W9GVW
Latest Contacts for W9GVW at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KD5RDY 2013-03-19 2m SSB EL09rn United States John B Stuart
W5QLF 2013-01-01 40M CW EL09po United States JAMES J KOHLER
KE5TRZ 2012-12-30 70cm FM EL09rm United States Robert C Shannon
KC9WFT 2012-11-10 40m SSB EN61bl United States Robert D Kasper
YV1FPT 2012-09-02 17m SSB FJ69cc Venezuela JUAN F VALENCIA C
FO4BM 2012-04-22 10M SSB BH52cm French Polynesia Philippe GLOAGUEN
K7ART 2012-04-09 40m SSB DM33xm United States ARTHUR C HIDDE
KI4FIA 2012-03-24 20M SSB EL99mc United States George W Fetter
W7TX 2012-03-15 12m SSB DN32su United States David
PP5JAK 2011-11-13 10m SSB GG42rr Brazil JOSE ALCIR KUBIACK
AD5WB 2011-09-25 40m SSB EL29ng United States Leslie L Bartosh
WB5AAA 2011-07-16 40M RTTY EM34fi United States James D Barron
KB4KBS 2011-07-16 40m RTTY EM74tb United States SCOTT F STRAW
AA3B 2011-07-10 40m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
FO4BM 2011-04-26 10M SSB BH52cm French Polynesia Philippe GLOAGUEN

Book Totals: 59 qso's   51 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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