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My first love with radio became as an A. M. Radio broadcast listener.  I was fascinated by the ability to pick up radio waves from the 50,000 watt stations all over the United States. I soon graduated to Short Wave Radio listening using a Radio Shack DX-160. While stationed at Parris Island, SC I used my Channel Master TV Antenna with rotor to hook to the antenna of the DX-160. It was great not only to listen to free-world countries but those under Communist rule as well.

I was first licensed as a Novice back in 1978 while stationed in Phildelphia. I was never able to broadcast because I lived in Navy/MC housing and putting up antennas was frowned upon. My first break came in 1982 when I was stationed aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA-1) homeported out of San Diego, CA. Being only one of 15 or so Marines permanently attached to the ship there was alot of down time. We had an old Navy Chief who wanted to take a break from the MARS station (NNN0CTJ) so I volunteered and became the CHOP.  I was in heaven as I could make phone patches for the ship's company and embarked Marines all the way across the Pacific. I did alot of Novice CWing, also.

After retirement in 1988, I was inactive until moving to Manteo, NC where I finally was licensed as a General Class. I also started the Manteo High School Amateur Radio Club and worked with Dare County Emergency Management. I moved back to WV in December 1999 and really became inactive. Lord and behold I even let my license expire and had to retest in 2016. Since then, I am very actively involved teaching Ham Classes for our Community of Richwood and also at our elementary school. We just licensed our community center (The Family Center) which is fully operational as W8TFC.

I'm a VE and currently studying for my Extra Exam. 

By the way, I still try and pull in those 50,000 watt A.M. stations with my Yaesu FT-991. There's not a whole lot happening in the short wave listening world - well not like it used to be before the internet and the Berlin wall being torn down.

I live at 2740' in the mountains overlooking Richwood, WV. My equipment is simple - a Yaesu FT-991 and an inverted V all band antenna.

I am also the President of the Cherry River Navy.

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