Welcome to my world on the web. I appreciate the time you took to read about me. I live in a small rural town of Rockingham, North Carolina. It is the county seat of Richmond County. Be careful when you search for things concerning the town. A lot of times Rockingham County comes up. This is a different county than where my town is in. Also Rockingham in Australia may come up so be careful if you do a destination search for travel.
I was not born here but my father was. For the first 18 years of my life the family came up here most every year for Christmas from my home town Norfolk, Virginia, where my father moved to after his service in the Army. His family said he would never stay and would come back to work on the farm where he was born. I guess he had to prove them wrong and he ended up staying in Virginia and using his farming skills on having the best lawn in Norfolk and later in Virginia Beach where my mom and dad moved too. I remember spending part of the summer here one year and they made the kids work in the tobacco fields. We were paid for it but it was long hot days. I guess it may have only been a couple weeks I spent working there. Well maybe it was only one day. It may have been in 1969 because I remember watching the Apollo 11 moon landing from my great uncle Rob’s house This was on a black and white television. My cousin Bobby had to wake me up because they moved up the timeline to exit the hatch. I was 13.
This brings me up to the topics you will see on this website. I have been interested in space exploration. I remember following the details of the Apollo 1 spacecraft fire in 1967 I was also interested in astronomy. This may have been the result of my neighbor across the street had a telescope and he invited the neighbor kids over. I also remember my cousin Billy visiting Rockingham with his telescope. I can definitely date my experience with astronomy by watching the 1970 total solar eclipse at my neighbors house. So how does N4MQU work itself into the mix? As an adult years after high school we went with the astronomy club to a rural area known as Northwest Radio Station in Chesapeake Virginia one of my friends wanted to call home and back in that time there were no cell phones a couple of people were ham radio operators and were able to make the call with their walky talkies. I started asking questions and found my way into the hobby. Astronomy and ham radio is definitely related subjects in my mind for example astronomers likes to look at sunspots and amateur radio operators take advantage of sunspots for radio signal propagation.