My introduction to Morse Code came as a high-speed Russian morse code intercept operator while working for the Naval Security Group. I lived on the North Sea in Bremerhaven, Germany, 1966 – 1969.
I was first licensed as a ham in 1969. Shortly after I received my General license, I became a member of Navy MARS. I was busy for the next several years phone patching soldiers in Vietnam to their families and friends in the States. I found that very satisfying.
I have been an Advisor for CW Academy for four years working with beginners. I am also an instructor with the Long Island CW Club, teaching intermediate students, along with QRQ high speed CW. I find both of these volunteer positions as a great way to give back to a hobby I love and respect. It is very uplifting to see so much interest in preserving such a wonderful Heritage as CW.
I have been retired from utility management for 12 years. Now I am able to focus on what I love. In addition to ham radio, I have been a homebrewer of good craft beer for 25 years (Boundary Waters Brewery). I am one of the only home breweries that have my own swag. I also love to make my own cheese from scratch, along with all kinds of smoked sausage, charcuterie and other meats. I live in NE Minnesota near Ely, which is the taking off point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I enjoy summer fishing and spending time in my Ice Castle on the lake in the winter months.
I am 76 years old and married with three children and one grandchild. Our oldest boy passed away a few years ago.
I look forward to my membership with CW OPS, and am thankful for my nomination and sponsors.