Shortwave as a kid originally got me interested in radio. At least, that's what it looked like to most folks who saw the 150 lb HF radio my Dad got from Army/Navy surplus. God was that thing a beast. With the help of an excellent high school electronics program I got my 2nd class FCC license and a job during High School reparing police/fire/taxi mobile rigs as well as Motorola HT's of that era. Never got my ham ticket cause of code. sigh.
Time passes, get my 1st class license during college at Old Dominion U in Norfolk, VA where I pick up jobs at broadcast FM , public radio/TV but then land the coolest job working DOD Navy . for the Underwater Explosions Research Division of David Taylor Naval R&D Center. Wow now that was fun and likely the resaon I ended up supported our troops for 10-12 years or so with avionics and ground based system design after I get my EE degree. That was lots of fun until the money started to run dry after Reagan so I moved over into the commercial world - very commercial - moving other peoples money (actually I was designing POS terminals) which eventually got me and family relocated to Southern Cal. Over even more time, my world shifts from an emphasis on hardware to software as seems the case with most of US.
More time passes until I eventually realize that nothing is really in the way of getting my ticket so I self study my way to an Amateur Extra in one sitting. Cool. Now with that done it's time to setup a shack .
For VHF/UHF, I picked un a Kenwood TH-D72 and TM-D710 for VHF use . I enjoy experimenting with APRS and also use out these to use supporting our local county emergency communications needs.
On the HF side, I started with a classic TS-830S hybrid with companion AT-230 tuner and SP-230 speaker picked up from all over the US. I really like how this rig works and sounds but I eventually picked up a CLRdsp and W2IHY mic EQ to clean things up a bit more. Then, during the last Field day, I got some time behind a K3 and was really impressed. Too damn impressed . I've now put together my own K3 kit with most everything in it except the 2nd receiver. Most recently I added the P3 kit to the arsenal along with a Shure SM7B on a boom. The K3/P3 is tunrning out to be a damn fine combo and the 830S isn't getting out to play much anymore.
Here is the shack before the P3 (I really ought to update this )
I also like making antennas. I've built a decent 2m/440 sleeved vertical dipole, a basic 40m dipole, and finally finished a 40' tall inverted vee EDZ cut for 40m fed with 450 ohm window line through a nice 4:1 balun (4124t from Balun Designs). It tunes up everywhere and seems to work fine.
And to top it all off, now that it's not mandatory, I find myself much more interested in picking up CW. Go figure.
Oh, that's my lovely XYL Diana with me somewhere in Santorini Greece for our 20th. She didn't expect this radio thing to become this consuming but she's still humoring me, thank goodness.
73 DE RICK/AG6AY
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