I was licensed in 1984 and have kept my novice call sign as I like the OCS suffix having been an officer in the navy even though I did not attend Officers Candidate School. I am pretty much a CW only operator but will use my mic on occasion to check into a few SSB nets or to snag a DX contact.
In 1986, While cruising the Caribbean and Bahamas in my 37 foot sailboat I started CW net with the purpose of helping novices reach 13 and 20 wpm. that net is still active today but since the removal of the code requirement the net has become a rag chew net. The net meets at 7057 KHz 7 am eastern standard time daily.
I generally use either a straight key or a bug but as the CW ops like 25 wpm I use my Bencher paddle and my K2 for keying when sending that fast.
I look forward to working you all one day soon.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.