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Thanks for visiting my QRZ page.  I go by my middle name on the air, which is Ed.

My interest in ham radio began while I was a young boy growing up in the coastal town of Westport Washington.  My father had a Hallicrafters three band radio and I started out as a short wave listener.  I enjoyed send SWL reports to the radio stations I heard and anxiously awaiting their “QSL” card.  That was back in the days when it took 6 to 8 weeks to receive a return card.  How things have changed now that we can literally receive an eQSL in seconds.

In 1964 I was a junior in high school and that was the year the great Alaskan earthquake happened.  Many of the families in my home town had relatives fishing in Alaska at the time, and the mayor of our town happened to be a ham radio operator.  I spent many hours at his home listening to him handle traffic back and forth checking on the welfare of the families.  I still wanted to be a ham operator but could not discipline myself to learn the code.

Upon graduation from high school, I joined the U.S. Navy and was sent to Radioman school.  There I got the discipline!  Not only did I learn the code, but I found out that I enjoyed it and graduated as a certified high speed cw operator at 35 wpm.  I am not that fast anymore.  Age has caught up with me. My comfortable speed is around 20 wpm now.

Upon graduation from Radioman school I was assigned to an attack troop transport ship, the USS Magoffin, APA-199. 

The ship was in Viet Nam at the time and I caught up with the ship in the Philippines at Subic Bay.  I was granted permission to establish a ham radio station on board the ship and when we crossed the International Date Line on our return from Viet Nam, I went on the air and ran many phone patches to families of shipmates.  The ship made another trip to Viet Nam and I ran phone patches again on the way over and on the way back.  This was long before cell phones and satellite communications.

I have maintained my active license since 1965.  I am currently retired and active on HF hunting United States counties, and I am also active on the amateur satellites.  I also have become active in the digital aspect of our hobby, primarily on JT-65 but hope to try other digital modes also. 

My station consists of a Yaesu FT-847 for satellite work, an Icom 706 MkIIG for HF work and the antenna is a well-used Butternut HF9V vertical.  The antenna is old and beat up like me, but still operational.

I QSL via direct (SASE for U.S. hams appreciated), LOTW, and eQSL.  

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