I go by “Eli” on air.
I have been licensed since 1960. As an early teenager CW came easily, and for many years I operated 100 percent CW. I could copy 35-40 WPM in my head and read or carry on a conversation at the same time. Those magical days are in my past. Such is life. I have always loved the cadence and sound of good CW. My Elmer was Josh K2MMS, now N7XM. He taught me CW and kept at me to improve my skills.
I began in radio with a DX-20 and an HQ-110. I learned a lot about CW and DX as a novice. I had one 15 m crystal, a Vibroplex key and I worked the world. All CW. It was a great feeling. My call was WA2VFU (New York).
I had little time for radio after I went off to college and beyond. Just as an aside, when I was a graduate student, we needed to show competence in a second language. I spent considerable time trying to convince the powers that be that Morse code should be considered a second language, as it had all the attributes of another tongue. Needless to say, that didn’t fly. But, in fact, I always think CW demands the skills required for learning any new language.
Like many others, my adult radio days were constrained by work as a statistician and family. It took many years before I had time for the hobby I love. It was interesting that although I was away from radio for many years, my CW skills were there when I returned — never lost.
Currently, my equipment includes an IC-7610, a Mercury IIIS solid state amp, an OptiBeam Yagi, a K6BT 40M Vertical, wires for the low bands, and my trusty Begali Signature.
Since my novice days, my main interest has been DX. I have many awards including DXCC Honor Roll, 5 Band WAZ, and 5 Band WAS. QSOs are a little harder to find on CW in the DX world these days, but I do what I can to be there when the bands are open, and I chase what I can find.
Thanks for my CWops sponsor Bruce, AH0U, and to those who supported my nomination. I am pleased to join this group of committed CW ops. We hold an important place in today’s amateur radio world.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.