I was introduced to radio in 1961 by my uncle who was not a ham but a merchant marine radio-man. I remember taking a trip on the New Haven railroad to Grand Central Station in NYC and then a subway ride to RADIO ROW in lower Manhattan where he purchased a brand new Collins 75S receiver. I spent many hours learning morse code on the Collins when my uncle was at sea. I remember practicing my sending skills on a Vibroplex bug into a tone oscillator. I lost interest in radio during my teens but returned after meeting Norm Howard W1JBV, who became my Elmer. He was the chief engineer for our local AM broadcast station "WICC" located in Bridgeport, CT. Norm was a wealth of knowledge and patiently taught me radio and electronic theory. With his help and spare parts from WICC I built my first 6146 transmitter and a 4-400A linear amplifier. I spend most of my time on 40M and can be found early mornings on 7.009 in QSO with good friends VK3RP, CT1ZQ, EI6AK and F6ACD or 7.140 with KE6M, WE4H, WA3JBT, VK3CKL, VK3KRH and VK3CFA and 7.225 with K0VUW, N4EDQ, WB0TKL, KC2ZGW, N1ZU, W4SZD and others. I also participate daily on 7.228 with the Al Williams Memorial Net (K4UUQ) at 7AM Eastern Time. The Al WIlliams Memorial Net has been meeting daily for over 50 years.
I enjoy experimenting with antenna design on 40M . I have found that the full wave loop in different configurations works the best for my QTH. Below are a few diagrams that I have used with great success.
RADIO ROW BACK IN THE DAY
Some photos of my boat anchor projects. I enjoy bringing the old iron back to life. I better live to be 100 yrs old to finish all the projects...hihi
My favorite 40M antennas
One half of the 4 Element Colinear Delta Loop Array directed at VK - ZL New Brunswick Canada 1985
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