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Novice License - WN4DOU - Oct. 1961; Conditional (Same as General but was administered by mail if one lived over 75 airline miles from an FCC field office) - WA4DOU - May 1962; Advanced/Extra - July 1977. I operated portable in several places inc. W4, W5, W6, W7 and KV4.

My interests include: CW (99%), DX, contesting, antennas, propagation, weak signal work, QRP, homebrew and the technical end of radio.

2nd Class Radio Telephone License (May '73) First Class Radio Telephone License (July '75) General Radio Telephone License (Jan '85) (all endorsed for shipboard radar) Also Journeyman CET with Communications Endorsement about 2010, just for fun.

I was a Land Mobile radio technician for almost 40 years, now retired.  Prior to that I was a Sonar Technician in the US Navy for 8 years and served on Gearing class destroyers, affectionately known as "tin cans" because their hulls were only about 3/8-1/2" thick. I was able to operate /mm in the N/S Pacific, N/S Atlantic, Indian & Arctic Oceans and visited 38 countries on 5 continents and in a few cases, I got to meet local hams, most notably Bert VQ8BZ in Port Louis, Mauritius, who gave me an extraordinary welcome and a great tour of the island, his work at the local tv station and his hamshack at home. The slickest thing about it all was that I was never out of range of the US via amateur radio, so the earth didn't feel quite as large as it really is. Sadly, 2 of the ships I was on now reside at the bottom of the Carribbean, having been used as training targets. The 3rd one was sold for scrap.

Having reached the DXCC Honor Roll, and with DXCC on 160-10 meters, I'm moving to pay more attention to 6 meters. Would like to push my current 57 entities there, over the 100 level and bag state #50 (KH6) before "checkout time".

Never was much interested in vhf/uhf FM, primarily because it was too much like what I was around everyday at work. Since retirement I've developed an interest in 220 MHz and have been having fun with 50 watts and a 9 element yagi at 22 ft. Propagation enhancement is abundant during the warmer months along the eastern seaboard and 100-250 miles propagation is nearly everyday fare. Looking forward to moving my antenna to 55 or 58 ft on my tower, maybe this fall. Too hot right now. Also hope to have a 220 transverter for ssb/cw on line this fall too.

My first love in amateur radio is dx'ing. Read 9V1YC's article entitled "Have We Lost The Magic?" in the DXCC Yearbook 2005.

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