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I'm a retired civil engineer age 72. I've been a ham since about 1962. Started out as KN7ZPW in those days of CW only for Novices. Used an old surplus National receiver and a DX 35 transmitter. Became a Technician Class a couple of years later as WA7FKB using mostly home brew and surplus military stuff. Moved up to Advanced Class about 1971 using an old Swan 350 which was a dandy rig if you could control the drift. Moved to Alaska in 1972 and had to trade in the call for KL7HSE. In those days you couldn't move your call across zone boundaries. Did a lot of phone patch work and RTTY with the old mechanical machines. When I returned to the lower forty-eight a few years later they had changed the rules and I brought the KL7 call back with me. Used it until 2002 when I decided there was too much packet, quarreling and jamming on the bands so I just gave up the hobby. Gave all my gear and junk box stuff away. I retired in 2011 and found a lot of new developments going on in ham radio such as an endless stream of data modes and SDR. I decided to get back in but since I didn't have a copy of my old tech ticket I  sat for all three elements at one time and went away with my Extra class privilege. That was in September of 2012. Built the little Soft rock Ensemble transceiver (SDR) for starters and was impressed with the quadrature method of demodulation which reminded me a lot the old phased SSB modulation method. Wanted to try something a little hotter than one watt so I bought an old Kenwood TS-680 to try on the digital modes. That radio must be 30 years old but Kenwood made good stuff. I set a muffin fan on top and she runs just fine at fifty watts key down. Mostly ran low power for the first year using JT-65 and JT-9. Its kind of fun to work a station on the east coast with three watts. Those modes can really get down in the weeds. I've been playing around with 2 meters and 70 cm also and having fun there too. I have really been impressed with what the repeater boys have done with their linking systems. My QTH is not far from the Montana Border and I worked a station in Kanab, UT on 2 meters the other day. He was using an HT and I was using one watt on a J-pole to a repeater 80 miles away. Pretty nice DX for 2 meters. Thanks to you guys that operate the Intermountain Intertie. Over the past year or so I have worked almost all the digital modes and some phone but have now reverted back to CW. I find it much more challenging and find a lot of hams of my generation on that mode.

 

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