Obtained my first call in December 1960 - Novice class (very limited HF privileges), crystal-controlled CW, 75 watts input to a 40M folded-dipole with a straight key. Then, I remember how wonderful it was to work 20, 15 and 10 after earning my General class license and putting up a new 14AVS vertical. 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 has been DXing: 350 mixed (336 CW, 327 SSB, 180 Digital). Someday, P5 will be on the air for my last one. Awards include DXCC Honor Roll, 8 band DXCC and 5 band WAS. When the bands are open, you'll find me on 160 through 2, 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), Central NH ARC, CWops (1404), SKCC (3743), FISTS (14474), 10-X International (43035), Indexa and QCWA (19644).
2016 ideas: Still looking for that 160M antenna. Moreover, definitely need to find and eliminate annoying local noise sources. There's intermittent S9 QRN on 160 and 80. Looking forward to openings on 6M this spring and summer. There an almost new Heathkit HR-10 that wants finishing. There's also 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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