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As a kid, my folks were friends with a family where the Dad was a Ham. I remember being intrigued by all the dials, meters, lights and his straight key. Although I never saw him operate it, or even have it on, it remains one of my earliest memories of the hobby.
I've always had an interest in electronics, especially radios. I took apart the family phonograph while in kindergarten. While growing up, we had a cabin several miles from the local waste-site where I was a regular Sunday morning visitor. It was a gold mine of discarded radios, TVs, clocks and other items (never identified and probably containing carcinogens) which supplied me with toys to be tweaked and played with. I�m sure you can remember back in the 60�s when radios were in wood cabinets and their schematics pasted inside the back panel. I learned how to read schematics by following the circuits and associating the parts with their symbols. Somehow I managed to figure out how they worked, what tubes were inner-changeable (and not!) and what NOT to touch when the radio is plugged in. Looking back I don't remember much parental supervision -that may explain a few things.
Adolescence found me with multiple Walkie Talkie sets with which I talked to CB�ers. However, my real passion from junior high on was building and flying model airplanes. I currentlybelong to the Stillwater Sod Buster RC club and generally have two planes under various stages of development down here in the Shop / Marconi Shack.
Zip past college to my carrier as an Electrical Engineer, where I�ve been writing software / firmware since the late seventies. Back in the early days programming was without the aid of a PC - that�s another story to be shared over a long rag-chew. In 1985 a couple of Ham engineers encouraged several of us to get our ticket. Later that year we did and enjoyed the hobby as a group for a few years, until the company (high-tech) went belly up.
Modes back then included SSB, PACKET, SSTV, RTTY � but no CW, just enough to pass the test.
Today, my favorite mode is CW, via Vibroplex bug or straight key when operating QRP. Some days I do work side band for some variety, participating in contests or to listen in when not sitting in front of the radio. I even have a circa 1959 Collins 75S-1 Receiver in the kitchen, for some "easy listening."
Many thanks to those who stuck through a long rag chew - my favorite. I've made manyfriends via CW, and love picking up where we Ieft-off from a previous QSO. Looking forward to chatting with you again down the log!!
Stillwater Amateur Radio Association - SARA W�JH-RadioHam.org (click here) - President
Twin City DX Association - TCDXA.org - (click here)
DX QSL via - eQSL or Log Book of the World - Thanks!
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