Tom Gause, W4YGT

CWops# 3517, from Lacrosse , FL , USA.---->View on Google maps

I am very pleased to be invited into the CWops organization. It was a long, uphill struggle to gain enough CW competency to qualify. All of my advisors were helpful. From Bill Etter, Basic, to Joe Spencer, Advanced Class. Many thanks to all of them.

In the 1960s I worked with Douglas Aircraft on the DC-10 as a mechanical engineer living in LA. When my father died, the company was able to transfer me back to Florida with a position on the Saturn 5, Apollo program. I participated in several launches including the moon landings. It was a great experience for a young engineer to be working inside the rocket (prior to launch).

At the end of the Apollo Program, Pratt and Whitney offered a job in Jupiter, FL designing elements of aircraft turbine engines. I decided to pause the engineering career when the Government contract ended. Then various pursuits led to investments in real estate, mortgages, and equities.

Now, at 80 years of age, I have time for ham radio, rebuilding and riding old motorcycles, growing pine trees, and planning for the next twenty years. My wife of 55 years is my constant guide. She is the enabler!

This biography is what appeared in Solid Copy when the member joined CWops.

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