I was born and raised in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas. I was first licensed in March of 1963 as WN5JKC when a sophomore in high school. Upgraded about 3 months later to General Class and became WA5JKC.  I joined the Navy after graduation from high school at age 17 for a 3 year minority enlistment (aka "Kiddy Cruiser"). I was spent 6 months working at a ground control approach radar site at NAS Jacksonville, FL then attend Communications Technician (Radio Branch (R)) School at US Naval Security Group Training Center, Corey Field, Pensacola, Fl. I became an intercept morse operator for the Navy for the remainder of my enlistment serving at NavSecGruAct Bremerhaven Germany and NavSecGruAct Galeta Island, Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. After being honorably discharged from the Navy I attended the University of Arkansas in Fayeteville and lived there for the next ten years working as a Biomedical Engineer for a Regional Medical Center. At age 30, I ran away from home for the second time (the first being after my graduation from HS to the Navy) and joined the US Merchant Marine as a Radio Electronics Officer aboard commercial ships working worldwide. I sailed on merchant ships for 26 years going through the transition from morse operators to the high tech electronics and information technology skills of the Radio Electronics Officer profession. I have had the opportunity to operate ham radio from the far corners of the world as maritime mobile, license holder and guest operator due to the travel my profession has required and personal travels plus living for months or years in different places around the world. Licenses with following calls: WA5JKC, KZ5BY, K5HK, VQ9CY, HP0/K5HK, K5HK/mm1-2-3, K5HK/KP2 and VP2V/K5HK. I have been guest a operators in TI2, SU1, 4X4, CE3, HP3, LU2, YV5, XE2, DU2, and others.  My ham radio activity has been somewhat limited since assuming national office in my labor organization alas. I have been able to participate with the Reno QRP Group, the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society, and Pony Express Re-ride communications support activities. I have many homebrew  and kit QRP rigs which I have designed, modified and/or constructed. I am saving a lot of future design and construction projects for retirement in a few years. I enjoy cw operations most of all, however, I do operate some SSB and data modes from time to time however. I had the honor and privilege of participating as an operator with the KP2N group in the CQWW CW 1986 contest.  We won the multi-multi event that year despite my participation.   I still enjoy working a few stations in contests but my serious efforts are behind me...I think? I have a Lightningbolt 6 band 2 element Quad antenna up 40 feet. I have a vertically polarized delta loop for 40m and a Carolina Windom antenna used mostly on 80m and 30m. My main rigs are a Flex Radio 1500 SDR QRP TCVR and an Icom IC-7600 but I have a number of rigs including an ICOM IC-756Pro2, Viking Adventurer, Viking Valiant II, TS-940SAT, FT-756GX, FT-735R, IC-7000, IC-720A, plus QRP rigs such as an HW-8, KX1, SST20, SMK-1, Rockmite, HiMite, several HB rigs.  I also have a rarely used Ameritron ALS600 MOSFET amp and an Alpha 72 amp.  More than I need of everything according to my YL! You might say I am just another fortunate ham. I have lived in Reno since 1992. I am married to my lovely YL, Gretchen. We have two adult children Christa and Sonny in college and three American Fox Hound - Chelsea, Jessica and Millie B.

73 de K5HK/Carl

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