Radio has always held a fascination for me. My journey began as a 5 year old boy back in 1965 when my dad received a Hallicrafters shortwave receiver as a Christmas gift. Many happy years as an SWL would follow before I began studying for my first ticket
I was first licensed as a Novice in January of 1980. I upgraded to General Class in April of that same year. It would be 41 years before I took the final step and upgraded to my current Extra Class status in March of 2021. I remain a very enthusiastic radio amateur and I enjoy DXing, causal contesting and an interesting ragchew. Throughout the years, I have remained 100 % CW.
I have had the good fortune to make communications my profession as well as my hobby. From 1980-95, I sailed the oceans of the world aboard ships of the United States Merchant Marine. Once my sailing days were behind me, I spent an Austral Season at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, (800 miles from the South Pole) managing the, “MacRelay “ communications faculty there. For the past 23 years, I have been employed as a Police/Fire/EMS and 911 Dispatcher
Besides amateur radio, I enjoy maritime photography.
Looking forward to working you on the air.This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.