About A.R.S. WA7WJR
I initially pursued my ham radio license in preparation for cruising the Pacific in my sailboat and being able to participate in the SSB cruising nets. So, in October 2016 I passed the Technician exam, and a month later I got my General ticket. (Slowly progressing towards Extra).
I studied electronics at Eastern Technical High School in Maryland, and a 20 year career at Microsoft helped me grasp the technical aspects and revive the electronic interests in me. Soon I was spending hours reading blogs and forums to enrich my mind and feed the craving.
By January 2017 my 'shack' was built, and WA7WJR was on the air. My first contact was an SSB contact with KA6LMS (Last Man Standing). I joined the OMISS and 3905 Century Clubs and learned a lot about the radio and propagation. In February 2017 after a few months of practice and listening to morse code I made my first CW contact. These days I am 99% CW. I have yet to venture into any of the digital modes.
I built a few wire dipoles, completed building the Elecraft K2/100 and KAT-100 kits, work portable, maritime mobile, and one man Dx-Pedition to Vietnam as XV9WJR. I have more to learn and experience...but this is definitely an avocation that I enjoy tremendously.
These days I enjoy chasing DX & special event stations, the occasional rag-chewing on CW, working a few contests for fun, and learning.