CWops # 1873, from Arlington , TX , USA.
I am happy to be a member of CWops. I’m 71 years old and have been a ham since 1960. In the early days, I was building equipment, building antennas, chasing DX, working VHF/UHF weak signal, and operating contests. CW was always my first love and I usually didn’t even have a microphone hooked up. I took a long break in 1995 when I moved to Texas. In early 2017, I dug out my trusty old Ten-Tec Triton IV, strung up a dipole and got back on CW. I was very surprised that my speed hadn’t suffered a lot during my layoff. I joined the local ARC, met some new friends there and met up with some old friends on the air. I discovered CWops and the Mini CWTs and have been having a blast ever since. My contesting is very relaxed and I’m just enjoying working as many as I can without working too hard at it. And I’ve had some great 40m CW ragchews with CWops members. I recently retired from 43 years with the same company and am looking forward to more time to spend on CW, both in the contests and just hanging out and talking with whoever shows up. Thank you for inviting me to be a member!