Silent Key- January 23, 2020
The following text was from Bob and posted on his QRZ page, posted here to save the text for all. Visit www.qrz.com
I am currently revisitng a child hood love, ham radio and electronics. I got my novice ticket in 1962 and made general by 1965. Using military surplus gear for the most part. Right around 1967/68 I discovered rock and roll and girls. I let things lapse. Then came college, 6 years active Navy, 8 years Navy Reserve Special Warfare, back to college, 35 years Robotics/management/software development. In 2014 I decided that my day job was no longer fun, so I retired to the beach. Got back into the hobby in 2015. Spending more time with my wife, travel, photography, motorcycles, Ham radio/electronics, bonsai and amateur astronomy. I am active in Air Force MARS, SHARES and the local ARES/EOC. I recently discovered the fun of FT-8 digital communication. I am also a published photographer and a up and coming bonsai artist.
I am a hardware geek here is what I have. Some of which I got because it was inop and I repaired it. My shack is full of gear my main rig is a Yaesu FTdx 1200 with a SCU-17 sound card interface. I use a Vibrples keyer when I want to really embarace my self. One of the joys of the Ham Radio community, they have mercy on beginners.