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Pictured above is a westward view of Puget Sound and Olympic National Park via my home QTH (at 200' above sea level).

I earned my Novice and General Class amateur radio licenses in 1990 (during Solar Cycle 22) thanks to great training classes led by W3WN (then-WN3VAW) at the Community College of Allegheny County (in Pittsburgh, PA), then my Advanced Class license in 1991, and eventually earned my Amateur Extra Class license in March, 2010. I am also presently licensed in Japan as JO4FND.

I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and, when serving in Jamaica (1991-93), I was a member of the Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA). 

My station is capable of (and typically operating on) 100% solar power via my 520-watt Kyocera PV system which I designed and installed in 2006.

And, I proudly use the first (#1 of the series) of the new Vibrocube keys from Vibroplex. Thanks to Scott, W4PA, for a great key! We are part of the 2015-16 CQ Magazine International Calendar. :)

Riley (aka "Papa Whisker") and I monitor many HF, VHF, and UHF "furquencies", and can typically be found on the 20, 40, 80 and 160 meter bands, within CW portions and on / around 14.250, 7.177, 3.777 and 1.843 MHz, on the W7AW repeater at 441.800 MHz (Tone: 141.3hz) in West Seattle, the WW7PSR repeater at 146.960 (Tone: 103.5hz) and the K7PP repeater system at 443.400 MHz (Tone: 123hz) across western Washington.

And, via DSTAR on various reflectors. Look for me on "Last Heard" at DSTARusers.org.

BTW, for DSTAR, since December 2012, I've been using two nifty Raspberry Pi Model B computers 24/7 -- one to support my 70cm DVAP and other to support the new DV3000 chip (via NW Digital Radio). Weighing in at a few ounces and using only a few watts of (solar) power, they demonstrate that a few milliamperes of continuous operation can go many miles (or kilometers)! :)

I am also a Board member of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) and a member the Western Washington DX Club, and a volunteer for the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), an affiliate of the King County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Division of Emergency Management for the City of Seattle.

I contribute to Technician Class license courses via WSARC and the Seattle Amateur Radio Trainingand serve as a ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE).

Oh, and I volunteer for the Communications Team of the American Red Cross serving King & Kitsap Counties, WA.

Other club memberships over the years:

  • Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA), (1991-1993);
  • China Radio Sport Association (CRSA, 2006-2008);
  • University of Pittsburgh's Panther Amateur Radio Club (PARC, 1989-1991);
  • University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club (UTARC, 1994-1997).

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