I am relatively new to the hobby; obtaining my Technician’s license in 2020, (KJ7OAG) and my General, and Extra in 2021. My current rigs include an IC 7300, IC-9700, IC-705 and a Yaesu FTM-400. My keys include a Bencher, Kent Twin Paddle, Vibroplex Chrome Warrier Jr., and an American Morse, Ultra Porta Paddle. I also recently built a Bayou Jumper Paraset.
I became interested in CW, because of its “reach,” having low power radios for my base station, and QRP for field work. I also appreciate the concise nature of QSOs.
In addition to CW, my other radio interests include DX, satellites, POTA and EmComm. I am trained as a CERT, and volunteer for our community Fire & Rescue.
My wife, Jackie and I have been married for thirty-seven years and have three adult children, and three grandchildren. We currently live in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Washington.
I am a polymer scientist by training and am currently a Director of Technology for Microsoft, working in Hardware Development, and hold several patents. My expertise is in the field of adhesive and adhesion technology, where I hold several patents.
I am fortunate to have taken the CW Academy right from the start. Beginning with the Beginner Class, in January 2022, up through and completing the Advanced, this past session. I owe those Instructors and the program a great deal, for providing a powerful framework for learning and helping me to advance and learn.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.