If I remember correctly, I got my novice license back in the late 70's (WH6AHZ). My first rig was a Ten Tec Argonaut 509 and remember working the world with 5 watts and a dipole. My first elmer was KH6CI Bill. Today, I still try to recreate those charisma filled early ham radio experiences. Either way the journey is still filled with fun and friends. 73 & Aloha from the Hawaiian Islands.
2011, 2012, and 2013 has come and gone. Was hoping 6m would open to Africa and Europe but no cigar. It's now 2014 and it too will be passing soon into 2015. It's October as I write this, the 2nd equinox of the year, and am hoping 6m will come alive one more time. I still have the 4 element 6m yagi up and the Butternut vertical for HF. Not sure what's next for antenna trials here. Maybe I'll try that V-beam again. It had spectacular receive, but tuning for transmit multiband use was finicky. We all know the way to go is an auto tuner right at the antenna feedpoint. But I have a Drake L4B amplifier that I'd like to use and 1.5 kw auto tuners can be pricey. I'd rather drop the money on a spiffy 292 straight 6 for my '55 chevy belair sedan! Or some disc brakes for the '68 Mercury Cougar I daily drive. Older cars with NO ECM's rule!
Where did the time go? It's September 27, 2015. 6m has been dead. 10m has occasional openings. The only thing new here is I replaced my multi wire ground radial setup on the rooftop with the ladderline radial wire setup that was in the Butternut vertical instructions book. Less wires all over the roof now. Performance seems the same. Soon I will be moving my radio area to a new mancave outback thanks to my loving wife who puts up with all this. Well, my old area will be her new walk-in closet so not sure what just happened. But from 8'x8' to 12'x10', more room for more radios. Did I mention 6m was dead? And then there's the matter of me rekindling my old American Flyer train hobby. Wait, need to finish the house renovations. Huh, the chevy still in the yard waiting for a new floor pan? Where did the time go.............
I try to spend time on 15m in the afternoons, 20m early eves, then 40m mid eves. Then when the 40m lull rolls in, I listen to 80m. Of course midnite on 10m usually turns up a few ZS6's. And I plan on getting back in the cw novice segments and send some slow code. I still believe thats where the real fun for me is! So if you need a QSO with KH6, gimme an email and lets talk. Oh, and yes, the 6m rig is always powered up and monitoring 50.110 mhz.
Sure, there are a ton of radios at my desk, but it didn't happen overnite. It took over 30 years to grow this collection. They were inoperative in various stages, even missing parts that I had to actually fabricate. That's how you get stuff for cheap or free! I'm not really into repainting them either into original colors, I like the old patina on them. But electrically I make sure they are sound. It even got to a point where I had to get rid of a lot of radios to make room for the more "desirable" ones I wanted. I guess the point is if you are patient, you will eventually get that vintage rig you've been drooling over at the price you are happy with!
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Thanks and Aloha !
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