I became a Novice ham back in 1991 and worked my way up to General class within a year. The initial hook for me was phone patching via 2M. This was well before cell phones and so very cool indeed! At the time, I enjoyed the digital modes both HF and VHF as well. I dabbled in Morse code back then, but was never really that proficient. As many have experienced, life gets in the way and I drifted away from the hobby.
A couple years ago a friend and Elmer (Jim W4NLD) encouraged me to get back into the hobby. I found that I really liked the challenge of relearning Morse code. What attracted me to Morse code so much is that I really enjoy the challenge of relearning and continuous improvement, plus the wonderful people I have met along the way. The people, especially, are just an exceptional group of folks! CWops, SKCC, LICW, and CWI, all these organizations have great people in them. They will bend over backwards to help you. It’s refreshing and affirming to have found such people and to be associated with these fine folks.
I’m a retired industrial engineer and now, happily, have a lot more time to devote to Morse code and the hobby. I recognize I still have a long way to go before I master CW.
I have a wonderful and understanding wife. A great son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter, with another one on the way! I’m very fortunate guy!
It’s funny but I have discovered that many in the amateur radio hobby have similar interests in common, beyond ham radio.
Current interests are: POTA running QRP CW, precision pistol shooting (Bullseye), reloading ammo and wood working.
Previous Interests: Private pilot – Instrument rated, horseback riding and motorcycle riding, I had a Yamaha FJR1300 sport-tour bike. I loved touring the Blueridge Mountains and running the twisties. Unfortunately, age caught up with me and I had to give it up. Still hurts to think about it!
Amateur Radio Memberships: CWops #3457 – I am very pleased to have been nominated and accepted! Another milestone met! LICW #3163, SKCC #13884S, NAQCC #11489, FISTS #21789, New Bern Amateur Radio Club.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.