Before I get started with my bio I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Ed K6HP and all those who make the CW Academy possible. What you do is a gift to all who participate.
After casually studying on and off for over a year I finally took and passed my technicians exam January 2018. It did not take long for me to realize that I wanted more access to the HF spectrum. So I went back to the ARRL study material and passed my General exam in May of the same year.
My main interest in Amature Radio has always been CW. I had a number of (mostly) failed attempts at learning the code by using online software and apps. My progress was poor and I developed bad habits, such as counting dits and dahs, that I would later have to unlearn as a student in the CW Academy. When copying the code by sound recognition finally “clicked” my CW progress accelerated rapidly.
In the recent WPX CW contest I more than doubled my total DXCC entities in a few hours. These stations were operating at speeds that would have made my head spin a year ago.
It has been a personal goal to meet the requirements for CW Ops membership since starting the academy. I am so grateful for all the work CWA advisors and administrators do to help turn an interest into a tool for a lifetime of operating.
Looking forward to working you on the air soon!