First licensed as WN4BRS in 1971. I was in the Navy and stationed in Albany, GA. My station consisted of the Conar Twins, a few crystals and a 40 meter dipole. I still have the transmitter and receiver sitting on the top shelf in my shack. These units came as part of an Amateur Radio General Licensing Course sold by the National Radio Institute out of Washington, D.C. The ham who gave me my Novice exam (Jim, W4APT - SK) helped me align the receiver after I built it. The transmitter put out about 25 watts and I had reports of it chirping quite often! This was followed by a Heathkit SB-102 transceiver that I built in 1974 and used until 1981. Other rigs owned were the Ten Tec Corsair, Jupiter 538, and Kenwood TS-440SAT.
I've held my current call since 1973 and while in the Navy, I operated as a Maritime Mobile while stationed aboard two different aircraft carriers. We ran tons of phone patches for the crew and this of course was back in the day before cell phones and satellite radios. My current station consists of a FTdx-3000 at 100 watts, a Ten Tec Jupiter, a G5RV Jr. antenna along with a Butternut HF-2V vertical for 40 and 80 meters. More antenna projects are in the works now that I am fully retired. I enjoy ragchewing, a bit of contesting, and chasing DX. I also have a Ten Tec Scout 50-watt rig that I use for Field Day each year.
Currently working on 5 Band DXCC. Have reached 100+ on 40/20/15/10 and need 29 more on 80 meters. Have 100+ on 12, 17, and 30 meters too. Started working JT65 and entered my first RTTY contest in 2015. The bug has hit to chase the PSK/JT65/RTTY WAS and DXCC awards too. Just got in my first 6 meter contest (June '16) using CW and SSB on the FTdx-3000 and had a lot of fun with a portable 2-element 6 meter beam up about 18 feet.
Favorite mode is CW.
Earned DXCC-Mixed, DXCC-CW, DXCC-Phone, WAC, and WAS-Mixed and WAS-CW over the years. Also earned WAS-CW from Illinois via LoTW. Reached the DXCC Challenge 1,000 level in November 2014 and also earned the ARRL Centennial WAS award. Completed the ARRL Triple-Play Award on 1/3/16 (Certificate # 1732). FISTS # 6844. 10-10 # 10,002.
Married to KA9QXI - the best thing that ever happened to me was to meet Sandy. I was delivering a radiogram from Handihams to her. The rest is history.
My son Joe is KB9AMI.
Operated as N9I during the Illinois QSO Party on Sunday, October 16th, 2016. QSL via LoTW only.
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