My goal is to promote the hobby of Amateur Radio for future generations by taking a look at the radios of the past.
Like many of us, my interest in radio started off with citizens band. I was amazed with how easy it was to get on the air and communicate with others. Every once in awhile I would hear stations coming in from other places with different accents and had no idea why it was happening but I was hooked. It didn't take too long to find out that this phenomenon was known as "skip".
Just as I was finding out more about the magic of radio and that there was a whole other world out there with the amateur radio community, life happened. I met a girl, kids came along, you know the story.
Years later a friend of mine handed me a heavy steel box with a bunch of knobs and said, "You're into radio, ya want this?". It turned out to be a Tempo 2020 that I promptly took downstairs to the basement and spent the next 10 years pushing it around because it always seemed to be in the way.
In the winter of 2011 after the kids were mostly grown up and life seemed to slow down a bit I decided to see what that heavy boat anchor thing was all about. I dusted it off, found out it didn't have a power cord and started my first "home brew" project. After successfully getting the rig powered up and hooking up a long piece of wire; I discovered that mysterious phenomenon of distant places and foreign accents was still out there.
Now you can find me on the air as KD2BEK and the rest is history!
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