Obtained my first call in December 1960 - Novice class, 75 watts input to a 40M folded-dipole, crystal-controlled CW with a straight key. I remember how wonderful it was to work 20, 15 and 10 after putting up my new 14AVS. The "good old days?" Not really, each contact was an achievement. Amateur Radio is much more interesting now. However… Converting an ARC-5/BC-455 to ham use and building a single-807 transmitter to go with it were definitely fun. There's something about those glowing filaments!
Active continuously since the 1960's. USA "2" area call signs in the first years. "1" area calls since 1974: VT and NH. My first love is DXing: 350 confirmed (335 CW, 324 SSB, 161 RTTY). Someday, P5 will be on the air for my last one. Awards include DXCC Honor Roll, 8 band DXCC and 5 band WAS. Now that the bands are open again, you'll find me on 6 through 80, mostly CW and digital modes.
Contester since 2008, as a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club. So, in the contests most weekends. If you hear me, please call and give me a Q or two. Other memberships include: ARRL (Life Member), 10-X International (43035), QCWA (19644) and FISTS (14474).
2013 ideas: An antenna for 160. Managed to work about 150 contest QSOs last year using existing antennas and a tuner. Still want to put up a proper antenna, designed for the band. Moreover, need to eliminate local noise sources. Looking forward to more openings on 6M this spring and summer. I own a beautiful old Crosley 51 circa 1920's. Inspired by AllAmericanFiveRadio's videos on YouTube, I'd love to get that running again. Think about that technological paradox for a minute. :-)
73 and De Colores! de AE1T
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