My interest in radio started as a kid listening to shortwave broadcasts. My grandmother gave me an old Silvertone console radio, which I still have today.
After high school, I spent four years as a Navy radio operator (RM2). I was stationed at both shore-based communications stations and aboard ship. Although morse code was a requirement for the job, most of my Navy operating was radioteletype and AUTODIN data communications.
After leaving the Navy, I got my first ham license (WN3YSV) in 1974. I was interested in QRP almost from the beginning of my ham years, and I now exclusively run QRP on the HF bands. Since I have limited space for antennas at home, I do the vast majority of my HF operating from portable locations. On HF, I use CW mostly and digital modes occasionally. I also like to combine ham radio with my other interests. I often use my bicycle to get me and my equipment to my portable operating locations. During the warmer months, I like to operate while out camping.
I’m a member of QRP ARCI, NAQCC, Straight Key Century Club (SKCC), Boschveldt QRP Club (W3BQC), Polar Bear QRP, MI-QRP, NE-QRP, Flying Pigs and FISTS (and probably a few others).
If you happen to work me, I QSL via direct, bureau or LOTW.
73, Craig WB3GCK