I was first ticketed as an amateur radio operator in October 1981; call sign: N4FSI, technician class. I operated a few years before becoming inactive for a few decades. In summer 2015 I became interested again. This blog tracks my return.
I am a history professor and a clergyman. I grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. I left at age 18 to go to college. After college I entered seminary. My eleven years of training up to ordination included two years studying philosophy in Munich, three years teaching high school in Philadelphia, and four years studying theology in Cambridge, Mass. Ordination (in Baltimore) was followed by six years of doctoral work in medieval history. Ph.D in hand, I returned to Washington in 2004. I live now on the campus of the university where I teach. My other hobby of late has been telescope building, including the grinding and polishing of the mirrors.
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