My interest in radio goes back to when I was about 10 years old, when my mom had this 5 tube table top radio in her kitchen that could only receive three local stations. One day while experimenting with it, I managed to log a new station and got all excited. One day, the radio stopped working, and it became my job to open the backside of the radio, remove the five tubes along with noting the locations of each tube, going to the local drugstore to test them, buying a replacement, and then putting it all back together. Much to our excitement, it worked. Other radio milestones include Christmas 1964 when receiving a transistor radio from "Santa Claus", summer 1967 when Dad brought home a portable solid state AM/SW/FM receiver, and February 1968 when earning my first QSL card from shortwave broadcast station CFRX in Toronto. Now, over 40 years later, I have over 400 stations logged on MW, over 160 on FM, over 200 on longwave, and over 100 countries (57 verified) on SW all from a single location..
I became an Extra Class op on April 30, 2007 and I would like to publicly thank all the Elmers who have helped me along my way, either through their technical expertise or their words of encouragement: AB8XF, K2FO (SK), K4BRU, KC8HMJ, AK8I, KD8DLV, N1LF, VE3KXO, and my late uncle, Conrad Bappert - an electrical engineer - with whom I could discuss antennas. Special thanks also goes to W1RV who rekindled my interest in amateur radio several years before taking that first step.
The picture above includes myself (l) and my cousin Martin Foltz (r) a noted SWL listener.
Amateur radio activities:
Listening post for LW, MW, SW, FM, VHF monitoring:
Radio Television Experimenter, August-September 1969
Many thanks and a big 73 to all who have sent their QSLs, uploaded into Logbook of the World and/or eQSL.
My family includes my wife Irene, daughter Monica, our granddog Cali. Our very spoiled cat, Sammy, passed away in February 2009 but his memory lives on. He is pictured at http://www.universal-radio.com/catdir/cuscat47.html .
I graduated from Michigan State University W8SH, and with a Masters from Colorado Technical University, and am registered as a Certified Public Accountant, where I work in healthcare finance.
Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life. (Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 15 May 1891)
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