I was first licensed in 1966 as WN9SWF; went to the FCC office in downtown Chicago when I was ready that year and became WA9SWF. AK7P was the result of the last visit to the Salt Lake City field office of the FCC and I held that call for years. A professional move landed me in Florida so I decided to pursue a new call reflecting the region.
I work 80 meters through 70 cm, CW, SSB, FM, AM, DV via D Star, and occasionally JT65, RTTY, and PSK 31. I collect and use Drake equipment and keep it maintained.
My occupation path included network operations for a cellular telephone company, land mobile field technician and project manager for Motorola cellular infrastructure deployments in Latin America and domestically. My amateur radio avocation blended with my occupation, and indeed, amateur radio was the launching vehicle for subsequent formal electronics education. I attend the Dayton Hamvention and local ham radio events as well.
Antennas change quite a bit around here; mainstays are a hex beam for 20 through 10 meters and inverted V’s for the lower HF bands. Verticals are used at times for experiments, and a 4 element Yagi for 6 meters. DXCC, VUCC, A-1 Operators Club, Florida Contest Group, South Florida DX Association.
This is one outstanding hobby! See you in Dayton (Xenia) next May.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.