Age here is 78, and it is FB to be a member of CW OPS. Thanks to Bud AA3B for the nomination and those who sponsored.
I grew up in rural area of VA northwest of Richmond. I still live on the same place where I was born. Unlike lots of hams, I had no exposure to radio until age 35, when I got my advanced ticket as WD4IMB. A year later I upgraded in 1978 with call KG4W.
I hit the ground running and soon was building all sorts of antennas and multi op contesting at W4DR, W4MYA and KX4S. There are not many towers in the area that I haven’t climbed. Other memberships include CVCC, PVRC, SKCC, QCWA AND NAQCC. Contesting and DXing are my main interests and these days I enjoy kibitzing with W4DR on 146.58 about DX; he can tell me more about what DX I need than I can.
CW keys include 3 bugs a E.F. Johnson speedx, Vibroplex original and a Viz Vertical. Straight keys are J38, Western Union and Kent; also have a Vibroplex paddle.
When contesting, I let N1MM+ do the work. I took an early retirement from Bell Atlantic in 1991, where I worked as a PBX repairman and a supervisor. Other interests (mainly in the past) included hunting, fishing and gardening. Mainly now, I just cut the grass, go to mailbox and work with programs on my Win10 computer plus read lots of emails.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.