In August of 1989 I arrived on Guam for a two year assignment with the U.S. Navy as a general medical officer, working in the emergency room at Naval Hospital Guam. Prior to this period, I had been active on two meters primarily but I had had a burning interest in HF and was excited about opportunities on 10 meters.

I had an old SBE Sidebander III with me and realized with a simple changeout of 3 or 4 crystals I could get the radio on 10 meters. A call to Jan Crystals, and a few nights tinkering with the tune up procedure out of a SAM manual and I was on 10 meters with a dipole. With the help of KH2D, one of the 'big gun' signals from Guam, I made a contact with a VP2 station - the bug had bitten - I was hooked- next came a 10 meter beam from KG6DX, an Icom 735, a borrowed Heathkit SB200 amplifier from KH2D, and we were really cooking with gas ! Morning openings to the U.S., evenings to Europe and Africa, the world was a small place and I was rare DX - swollen head, big ego, wow, this is cool.......

I was graciously allowed to operate the CQWW SSB DX contest on 10 meters almost exclusively during the 1990 contest, and with lots of coaching and technical help from KG6DX and KH2D I was able to mass nearly 2,000 QSO's and one million points - enough for the high score in Oceania on 10 meters. Contesting was awesome, especially with a logging program but laryngitis was a problem after repeating N3EMA/KH2 for 48 hours !

Also while in Guam, Dave, W1YRM, allowed me to operate at his satellite station on Oscar 10 and Oscar 13 and another bug was born. I became another station on the birds from KH2 ! I am still active on the LEO sats today, mostly RS12.

Other activities included public service events with the hams in Guam, RDF activities, foxhunts, EPIRB hunts, ELT hunts, barbecues and Field Day (skinless chicken, howlie style) and kite flying at WH2U's beach. Guam was a great time, I'd love to do it again some day !

More currently I have been active with the Warminster Amateur Radio Club, in Warminster, PA. Participating in public service events, RACES drills, Field Day, airshow communications for medical support and VHF and HF contesting and satellite work.

The stations hasn't changed much, still the Icom 735 on HF, Icom 271/471 for VHF/UHF, and a KAM for RTTY. Antennas include an off center fed dipole for HF and an HF Hidaka vertical, KLM 22C and 40C for satellites, a six meter dipole in the attic, and jpoles for local 2/220/440.

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Note from KH2D: Joe was one of the most enthusiastic 'new' hams Guam has seen for a long time. He was the kind of guy who dove into ham radio head first, and was interested in all facets of the hobby. He was the driving factor behind foxhunting events when he was here in Guam, and introduced a bunch of us to this phase of ham radio. He also tried to introduce us to another facet of ham radio, Pre-Typhoon Roof Diving. Fortunately, he jumped into that feet first, and wound up with a cast on his leg instead of on his head. Even though Joe showed us how this worked, Roof Diving never really caught on with the ham community here..... Anyway, we all miss his enthusiasm and hope that someday he can come back to Guam for a visit and a few more pileups.


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