(This page was last updated 02/25/04)
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Born in Indiana, I grew up in Illinois and was first licensed in 1963 as WN9HVQ.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971, I came to the University
of Massachusetts for graduate school, where I met Joyce. Deciding that I’d be
staying in New England for quite a while, I picked up the call WA1RFM.
After graduate school and marriage, we settled in New London, CT where I started
working for the Naval Undersea Systems Center and Joyce started teaching high
school math. We soon moved to Bermuda, where I worked at the Navy’s deep water
acoustic research station. We spent five wonderful years there and started our family.
I made thousands of contacts as WA1RFM/VP9. We returned to Gales Ferry, CT in 1979
with Jeff and Christy. Katey came along in 1983.
I retired from my civil service job in November, 2003 and now work for a
small engineering firm - Chesapeake Sciences Corporation, in the field of
submarine sonar sensor development.
Jeff is married to Crista and they have a son, Cameron born on
November 20, 2000 and a daughter, Kennedy born on August 14, 2003. Christy
graduated from Williams College and is now living and working in Providence, RI.
On November 14, 2001, she gave birth to Ariel Hope who was adopted
by a wonderful couple who now live in Cincinatti, OH. Katey is in her third year at Cornell.
You can see photos of various folks on my Family and Friends Page.
I picked up the call K1EV several years ago, in honor of my dear friend
from Bermuda, George - W4EV. George was my boss while I worked in
Bermuda. He and his wife Frances lived behind us and were like a second
set of parents to us. George has moved from Falls Church, Va to Kent, CT so we'll see
him fairly regularly, though not as often as we'd like. You can see some
pictures of George on my Family and Friends Page.
I currently ride is a 1994 Honda Gold Wing Interstate, on which I have
mounted an Alinco DR-135 and a 1/2 wave antenna. Hamming at home
involves QRP, CW, and DX-hunting, mostly all at the same time. My favorite
part of the spectrum is the low end of 40 meters. I've installed 50 feet of
tower, one I formerly used during our stay in Bermuda. You can see how that
project went on the Tower Page. Although I now operate
QRP most of the time, there are occasions when higher power is needed. I've
recently completed building an Elecraft amplifier and automatic antenna tuner
to go with my K2. The amp and tuner are mounted in a separate enclosure
so I can still pack the K2 for a quick QRP getaway. Photos of that project
can be seen on my Elecraft Page. When time permits, I also like to putter
around with older pieces of equipment - affectionately known as "Boat anchors"
for their size and weight. Photos of my current collection can be seen on the
Boat Anchor Page.