At age 13 fell in love with CW and ham radio (in that order), studied for my novice (reading breakfast cereal boxes in code), and built Heathkits. I was hooked for life. My Elmers were in the University of Arkansas club (W5YM); I was a charter member. Soon I was contesting, and as K5GRT I won the CW Sweepstakes for the Arkansas section in 1959. I also qualified for copying W1AW at 20 wpm, in 1958.
I lapsed into inactivity during my college years. When I acquired a family, a Stanford Ph.D. (in European history) and a teaching job (San José State University), I was too busy for the hobby, although I missed it greatly. My half century of QRT included several years living and working in France and Italy.
Then came retirement and a new wife, who provided me with a radio shack. It’s a cottage in her back yard among tall pine trees, in Columbia, a rural foothills community outside Sonora, California. I invested in an IC-7600, began making wire antennas, and got back on the air in 2014. My new Elmers are in TCARES: the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio and Electronics Society. With their encouragement I recently upgraded from General to Extra and finished my DXCC (sixty years after my first DX contacts).
I have also set up a station at my San Francisco home (IC-7300 to a 80/40 dipole barely off the roof). It was there that I stumbled into one of K6RB’s CWA sessions. When I later signed up for the CW Academy, Will (WJ9B) helped get my copying speed up to well over 25 wpm, and I got over intimidation about CWT speeds. In keeping with my desire to improve my code skills I work only with paddle and ears. I also enjoy the further challenge of operating with only 100 watts and wire antennas (no amp, no keyboard).
I am delighted to be part of the CWOPS club and look forward to QSOs and other activities with you.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.