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My Novice exam was administered by Don W8UUH. The Novice license came in the mail on Saturday morning, 16 July 1960 and I made my first contact with one of my Elmers, Art KN8SWW, at noon with Heathkit's AR-3 with a QF-1 and a DX-20 to a long wire. Monday I left for Colorado Springs by train for the BSA 50th National Jamboree. In October I broke a leg playing High School football. One morning after work, Art showed up and went up to the shack and took the AR-3 and the QF-1 and traded it in for a Hallicrafters S-107. When he returned from the radio store, he carried me upstairs to the shack and I spent a few days with the new station. In my tech days I was using a BC-348Q with a 6 meter Ameco converter and an Allied Lincoln to a 5 element beam. In August of 1977 I put on the air a complete Heathkit SB-104A station that I had built.


In July of 1980, I sold the SB line and purchased a Collins S-Line from Ken W8LU (SK October 2010). The set included a R/E 32S-3A, R/E 75S-3C, R/E 312B-4 and a R/E 516F-2. I added a second R/E 75S-3B receiver and a Henry 2K-4A. I used this set up for many years.


I bought some nice additional R/E pieces to be used as spares. Well, I ended up with another complete station. The 30S-1 is still in the restoration mode.


I rescued a R/E KWM-2A from the scrap heap. I ended up adding a R/E 30L-1, R/E 312B-5 and a R/E 516F-2 to the set.


I then set my sights on a nice A-Line. This is a Collins 32V-3, 51J-4 and a repro speaker. The photo on the receiver is of Dr. Bragg W8YDK one of my elmers from Milford. I put together the wattmeter from parts that I could get. This station worked the Superfortress "FIFI", the only flying B29 in the world, while in the air over Iowa on 18 July 2012 on 40 meters.


During the nice months of 2003 I built a new home in Davisburg, Michigan.  I set up the ham shack in an interior room.  The A-Line above is on the old office desk.  I made a NEW desk out of Oak and put the S-Line on it.



In October of 2005 I got on the TOP BAND with a Dentron 160XV that Ron W8RU had given me to go with my S-Line. I operated the 160XV until January 2007. I sold the KWM-2A, 30L-1, 312B-5 and the 516F-2 and purchased an Icom 746PRO and a new laptop. This gave me 100 watts on 160, 6 and 2 meters. I earned my 160 meter WAS CW, WAS Phone and DXCC with the 100 watts and an inverted L.


I have sold most of my Collins gear and the 746PRO. My main station is now an Elecraft K3/100 kit, 160 - 2 meters, 2 Elecraft transverters, 222 & 432 MHz, a SPE Expert 1K-FA,160 - 6 meters, and 3 TE Systems RF Power Amps, a 1410G @ 200 watts for 144 MHz, a 2252 G @ 250 watts for 222 MHz & a 4452 G @ 190 watts for 432 MHz. There is also a Kenwood TW-4000A for the FM local work. This is now my primary operating position on an Oak desk and riser of my own fabrication. With this set up I can go from 1.8 MHz though the 432 MHz band. (A new photo needed)


Here are the current antennas. On the West side is a HDX-572MDPL. It has a KT34-XA, a D3W, an inverted V for 40 meters and an inverted Double Bazooka for 75/80 meters. On the East side there is a 74 foot aluminum tower with a 6M5X at 76 feet, a 432-9WL at 79 feet, a 222-5WL at 83 feet, a 2M12 at 87 feet and a Diamond X-50NA dual band vertical for 144 & 440 FM at the top of the mast. There is an inverted L running between the towers for 160 meters.


Charter member of the Milford Amateur Radio Club 1961

Southeast Michigan DX Association (semdxa.org) member #33

Member of 10 -10 International & CCA

Life member AMSAT, ARRL & QCWA

DXCC Challenge 2598

DXCC CW - 327

DXCC Digital - 311

9 Band DXCC, 6 Band WAS

160 Meter WAZ #418 - 30 Confirmed

5BWAZ #179 - 195 Worked/195 Confirmed

50 MHz VUCC 513, 144 MHz VUCC 93 Worked/91 Confirmed

222 MHz VUCC 29 Worked/26 Confirmed, 432 MHz VUCC 17 Worked/15 Confirmed

DXCC #1 Honor Roll Mixed July 2008. Thanks to the guys who put on E4.

DXCC #1 Honor Roll Phone August 2010. Again thanks to the guys who put on E4

Thanks for stopping by, 73 de Bob K8VFV since 1960

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