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W7FTT: James W. Young, Amateur Extra Class

Brief History of W7FTT

Born January 24, 1941 in Portland, Oregon.  First Licensed as WN7FTT in 1956.
Professional Retired astronomer (2009) with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1962 (47 years) 
at the Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) located at the Table Mountain Facility (TMF).  My main responsibilities were the Chief Resident Astronomer for the 0.6 Meter Telescope, the Astronomy Team Leader for TMO, maintaining the mirror coating facilities, and all CCD  Camera vacuum requirements.
I was an official observer for the 2-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), a joint effort with
the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  I then
carried out many observations at the Fred L. Whipple Observatory (FLWO) at Mt. Hopkins 
south of Tucson, Arizona, for one week every other month, as required, from 1998 - 2000. 
 UMASS sent me to Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile in June, 2000 to help with the needed
southern sky survey part of the 2MASS project.

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The background picture for this page is IC 433 in the constellation Gemini

I have had many comments about the Comet Hale-Bopp picture, so here is

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about comet photography.
INTERESTS: Mountain climbing (Mt. Whitney 6 times), photography,
Ham Radio, and Short Wave Listening.
I am now developing a site for my personal photography. 
I will be adding pictures to this new site as time progesses.
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I am working on this site as of December 22, 2009
My wife and I have 11 grandchildren:  Whitney Young, age 27; Heather Young, age 25
Brandon Danielson, age 23; Brittany Danielson, age 21; Scott Young, age 19;
Ashlie Philpott, age 19; Michael Young, age 18; Katelyn Young, age 18;
Levi Joseph Lemley, age 17; Monica Rahn, age 11, and Raine Ann Krecic, age 6.

N6PJL: Karen A. Young, Advanced Class

Brief History of N6PJL
First Licensed as WN6GPY in 1974.
 Karen is a retired school teacher from Serrano High,
and taught Math and Science.

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