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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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