ham radio introduction was while
working as a co-op student at Pan American World Airways in
the 1960s. There were some great old communications
engineers there who were very enthusiastic about amateur
radio. One of them helped him get my novice license, as
WN4HYN. Little did he know then that he would end up
being a pilot for Pan Am.
graduate school, he went into the Foreign Service, sort of as
a lark. It was going to be for a couple of years.
Twelve years later, he left to follow a dream to fly, and
ended up with a career as an airline pilot, for Pan Am and
Somewhere along the
way, he got interested in ham radio again, and got a technician
license-KE4DWZ. He really enjoyed VHF+ for a few years, and
then he got wrapped up in flying and set radio aside. This is
a shame, since he could have worked air mobile on HF while flying
across the N. Atlantic.
Fast forward to
mandatory retirement from the airlines, and in an effort to keep his
brain active, he upgraded toExtra Class, and now
really enjoys working “casual” DX, some contests, and nets. He has a
very modest station, with just 100 watts into a Carolina Windom set
up about 30 feet. He is able to enjoy working “big signal” stations,
and let them do the heavy lifting!
With respect to work,
He is now a Substance Abuse Counselor, working primarily with opiate
addicts. What a experience that has been. Amateur radio
now gives him a chance to relax!
Gary passed the Novice in December of 1954. He was on the air
in January of 1955 on 80 meter CW with an 807 and a mismatched
antenna with pages and pages of CQs and very few replies. (All
new hams thought they were supposed to log every transmission!)
During the next 60 years: An active ham primarily on CW; First Class
Radiotelephone; State Police Dispatcher – 6 years including a stint
as a State Police CW operator; USAF – 4 years; BS Psychology – Iowa
State; Married for 50 years; 2 children; 4 grandchildren.
27+ years in Life/Health Insurance and Annuities, and a Securities
broker. For the past 20 years, Gary has been the
Founder/President of an insurance school and one of the instructors
for those preparing for a career in insurance and securities.
ENJOYING HIS NEW YAPSTER HEADSET
His Stealth Backyard
Eeee-KE5EE'S XYL, HANK-W0CZE AND SHARON, HANK'S XYL
PHOTO TAKEN IN HONOLULU, HAWAII
This photo was taken in Honolulu of Eeee, Zorro-JH1AJT,
Hank- W0CZE & his wife Sharon at dinner at a great Restaurant
overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While having dinner they
watched the weekly fireworks display from Waikiki beach.
T42US JOINT CUBAN/USA DX
7163 Group Members (L-R Gordon-WB0TKL,
Jim-WB2REM, Mark-WC3W, Mr. Rodriguez-CO2RP (FRC President),
Bob-CM2KL and Nancy-K9DIG
K4MT-Gary and K4MTT-Kathy OLD/NEW Station
NANCY, K9DIG AND SON MIKE
STIRLING CASTLE, SCOTLAND
BIRTHPLACE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS 9-20-15
Mark's QTH in Puerto Plata,
K9DIG-NANCY AND CAT
HOOKED UP TO THE
WB2REM REMOTE LINK
2014 marked the 100th
anniversary of the ARRL.
For the Centennial, the League launched an exciting
state-by-state monthly on-air activity, which became very
The following 7163 Group
Members received an ARRL Plaque as formal recognition for
their participation in the Centennial. A photo of the plaque
received by W1EBM is shown, It's a nicely done 3-inch by
5-inch Plexiglas memento, with the League's HQ Building and
the ARRL 100 years symbol + a unique etching of each station's
call and their state.
OPERATING ON THE USS INTREPID
(L-R) W6SFG-BRUCE, WB2REM-JIM AND WA3KEY-NORM
I have now had time to read through
the 25 or so exchanges made regarding the subject of QRP and DX
operating practices. I thought the comments cover a range of
issues but I did not see any clear coalition of thought and some
bordered on personalities and not what I think is or maybe the
issue. I think first we have to examine the various activities and
operating process of the 7163 group. I will try to summarize some
of my observations,(READ