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I have been interested in amateur radio since my father began listening to the expeditions to the Antarctic in 1958.  I was 5 years old, but remember the heterodyne whine and the huge multiband vertical antenna on the roof of our house. 

First licensed as a general class amateur in 1980, and mainly interested in code at the time, I made many contacts with a 40 watt code only transceiver. Later, after moving to Dayton OH in 1993, I began attending Hamvention.  My first Hamvention, I bought an HT and began communicating with area hams on my daily drive to work.  That led to mobile 2 M rigs, HF transceivers, field day experiences, and experiments with home-built antennas.  Along the way, I rose to the ranks of Amateur Extra Class when the 20 WPM Morse Code test was still required.

In 2000 I was given the chance to get a further degree at the USAF AFIT graduate school.  I added a Masters in Electrical Engineering to my medical and public health degrees. Part of the EE degree included the opportunity to patent a circularly polarized antenna for contacts on amateur radio low earth orbit satellites. My thesis involved using QRP power levels and digital communication techniques to maximize NVIS communication on the HF bands.  

Favorite hobby: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Favorite bands: 40, 15, 20M in that order. Favorite mode: Voice.

Best part of ham radio: Experimenting with antennas.

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