I was first licensed as Novice WN2LQF in the early Sixties. I then spent some time as Technician WB2LQF and finally earned my General in 1964. In addition to the Amateur Extra Class license, I also hold the GROL with Ship Radar Endorsement, the GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License, and the commercial Second Class Radiotelegraph Certificate. I am an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.
A proud US NAVY veteran, I served as a Radioman 2nd Class aboard the USS BOXER (LPH-4). I belong to the USS BOXER Veterans Association, the American Legion, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, and I serve as a volunteer tour guide aboard the USS SLATER (DE766).
I have an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management and a M.B.A. in International Business. I retired from IBM at the end of a splendid 30 year technical and management career in programming and information systems. I also taught management courses at a nearby four year college for 17 years before deciding that full retirement beats working for a living. Working is highly overrated!
I live in Fishkill, New York, U.S.A. Fishkill is located 70 miles north of New York City and sits along the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Fishkill is a quaint Revolutionary War town. Information about Fishkill and its history is at http://www.fishkill-ny.gov/node/21
For over fifty years I have been a dedicated low power enthusiast. For me, there is nothing quite like the thrill of working the world on less power than a Christmas tree bulb consumes. To launch my signals on their way I use simple wire antennas. To maximize the efficiency of my low power and simple antennas I operate 100% CW. I only operate "authentic, old-fashioned CW" which means no keyboard and no code readers! For me, every contact is a new adventure; a chance to make a new friend or renew an old acquaintance. I'm just as happy at 8 wpm as I am at 25 wpm.
I am a member of the following CW/QRP-focused organizations:
Italian Naval "Old Rhythmers" Club
Veteran Wireless Operators Association, Inc.
Old Old Timers Club
Quarter Century Wireless Association
Straight Key Century Club
Society for the Preservation of Morse Code
North American QRP CW Club
QRP Amateur Radio Club International
INORC #611 - OOTC #4558 - QCWA #35038 - SKCC #6488 - NAQCC #4740 - FISTS #14992 - QRP ARCI #14321
Here is a picture of my modest home station. You can click on the picture to make it bigger, click a second time to supersize it. My main rig is an Elecraft KX3 and my backup rig is a KX1 configured as my Laptop QRP Station under that colorful cover on the top shelf). It's all I need for my true ham radio love: QRP CW.