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 and the American Legion. I am a life member of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum where I serve as a volunteer tour guide aboard the USS SLATER (DE766) and where I'm also a member of the "Radio Gang". Check out WW2DEM at www.qrz.com for information and operating times if you want to work the last WWII destroyer escort still afloat in America. If you want to learn more about this last WWII destroyer escort, check out www.ussslater.org .
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.
In the interests of full disclosure, I *do* own a KXPA100 100 watt amplifier which I use very sparingly, mostly when rag chewing to make it easier for the other operator when conditions are poor. Every time I crank it up I feel guilty ;-)
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
Flying Pigs QRP Club International
INORC #611 - OOTC #4558 - QCWA #35038 - SKCC #6488 - NAQCC #4740 - FISTS #14992 - QRP ARCI #14321- FP #3476