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Welcome to my QTH on the world wide web. I was originally licensed in 1977 as WB3HKL and I've been continuously licensed since then. In 1997, I changed my call sign to K3CSX which reflects my interest in railroads (particularly CSX).

I'm an ARRL life member and active in the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC). I usually monitor their 146.955 repeater (minus offset, no PL tone) in Rockville, MD. Most of my radio operating activity is on VHF/UHF. Although I have a general class license and an IC-706MKIIG, I'm not active on HF. My particular radio interests are public service and traffic handling. I'm active in local ARES (EC) and RACES activities (RO), SKYWARN activations (spotter and NCS), the Northern Virginia Traffic Net (regular NCS) and the Baltimore Traffic Net (regular NCS and net manager). I especially like to talk with new hams and consider it a special honor to be their first contact.

As you can tell from my callsign and QSL card, I'm also interested in railroading. CSX is the major railroad in this area. I live within the triangle formed by the Metropolitan, Old Main Line and Capital subdivisions. I enjoy watching trains and riding on them. I've taken several cross-country trips via AMTRAK, each via a slightly different route. For 'hands on' involvement, I volunteer on the Walkersville Southern RR. I'm qualified as a flagger, conductor, brakeman and fireman. Although I prefer train operations, I sometimes get involved with track maintenance and car restoration. My goal is to become qualified as an engineer. Coincidentally, there are several hams who volunteer on the railroad-- perhaps we should start our own amateur radio club.

73, Fred.

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