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Thanks for visiting.  Got my Tech/General on 12/1/2014.  Very excited about this new and exciting adventure.

Was a Communications Tech "R" ('68 - '73) in the Navy.  I had to re-up for a year to attend "T" branch school.   First served at NavCommSta Wahiawa (Hawaii) and then went TAD Pacific to Agana, Guam and then a six month stint in Phu Bai.  Never set foot on board a USN ship, but put 412 hours of flying time on a Navy EC-121 (Warning Star) on Guam, copying code and listening to (and fixing) Ampex tape recorders on Wideband (now PSK31).  That was in '69-'70.  Anybody remember what happened in January 1968 (USS Pueblo) and then again in April 1969 (EC-121)?   We lost a lot of brave men in those two tragic and unprovoked incidents.  I was very lucky not being aboard either craft but serving on the SIGINT flying whale after those episodes always made us "spooks" a little anxious when we flew without escorts.   If you were a Navy, Marine or Air Force pilot and flew F100 or F-4 escort duty for VQ1, you have my eternal thanks for watching over us.

 From Hawaii, shipped to Winter Harbor, Maine, then went TAD to Bremerhaven, Germany, then to Keflavik, Iceland and finally back to Maine.  Was honorably discharged in early 1973.

I find it somewhat ironic that it took almost 45 years to come full circle and enjoy the fruits of my first real career as a gratifying hobby, much later in life.  I'm really starting to believe the old saying about what goes around.........

We learned to receive code banging on manual typewriters at Corry Field, Pensacola, Florida and unfortunately, that's the way I do it today, pounding away on a keyboard, listening to your TX so thank you for your patience (my fingers and brain don't go fast anymore. Old age is very over-rated).  Over the past six months I have also taught myself to transmit via an Iambic paddle.  This has been an interesting experience to say the least.  My transmit is far from perfect, but I practice almost every day.  And as the saying goes, "it's always nicer to finish a QSO with a "dit-dit".

My wife, Joan, of 20 years and I retired in July of 2012 after my 37 year career in aerospace manufacturing and moved from Glastonbury, Conn. to the beautiful scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, here in Western N. C.  We love Saluda, a small, quaint town with a population around 640 people.  Downtown Saluda looks just like Mayberry RFD (actually Mount Airy, N.C.), but a little smaller.  Other interests include rifle and pistol shooting (and reloading), trapshooting (ATA), fishing, skiing and motorcycling (2007 Honda VFR) on the Blueridge Parkway.  You can't live here without enjoying the scenery and some of God's greatest work.

Thanks again for looking, I QSL via LOTW and the US Mail.  Hope to QSO soon.

Peace and health to you and your family.

Ken

SKCC #13815

PS:  Equipment:  Yaesu FT-950 and the ever popular G5RV (88'/44') at 55' up.  DX Engineering 5-band Hex-Beam is now installed for 20 through 10 meters on a 50' crank-up.  Absolutely great antenna!  Recently added an Icom IC7300 and an Alpha 99 Linear.  All I can say is.....WOW!

 

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