I grew up in Port Angeles, WA and was first licensed as WB7RHT in 1977. I operated as IT9/WB7RHT in Catania, Italy (on Sicily's east coast) from 1980 to 1981 and from 1985 to 1988 and as M0BKC in Littleport, England (near Cambridge) from 1997 to 1998. In 2005, after 28 years of using WB7RHT, I decided to change my call. I applied for and received N7TY, a very easy call to send in CW. Although I am interested in all areas of Amateur Radio, my favorite activity is to chase DX on CW. I am an accredited W5YI and ARRL Volunteer Examiner.
I retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997 as an AMSC(AW/NAC). During my career I amassed over 4100 flight hours as a Flight Mechanic and Loadmaster on the C-2A Greyhound, C-130 Hercules, and UC-12M Huron aircraft. Although I am not current or active at present, in 1996 I earned my Commercial Pilot's certificate with Multi-Engine, Single-Engine, and Instrument ratings. I still working in the aviation industry as an Aerospace Manager; I hold a FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic certificate with Inspection Authoriztion (IA) and a FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) with Radar Endorsement.
Married to my best friend, Gabrielle Steinau - N2GTS , who is also a ham. We have lived all over the country and the world during my Navy career and since; for now, we are living in the small town of White Plains in Southern Maryland.