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My Ham radio career began in 1969 as novice WN6LPK. My father could not stand me walking on the roof and breaking the shingles, so he told me to put up a tower in the back yard. Tnx Dad. The first rig was a Heath HR-10 rcvr, Johnson Challenger TX, and a box of crystals.

My friend Pete, WN6OOL and I practiced Morse code without end. We raced to see how fast we could get our general and advanced tickets. I got my extra ticket in 1974. Through the miracle of "incentive licensing" (hi) I was able to request the call N6TU.

This "hobby" has brought me many things and has led me in many directions;

     It sparked (hi hi) an interest in electronics which led to a career in engineering.  Currently, I build GPS equipment for a living.

     It pushed me to learn "the code", which I find distincly satisfying as a communcations mode. (I also love phone, rtty, etc. etc. etc. )

     It started me on a "homebrew" path of building things myself. Receivers, Transmitters, Amps (big, and BIGGER!), antennae....

     It taught me to be; a contest operator, a DXer, a ragchewer, an experimenter, a student of the craft, and an Elmer.

     It broadened my spectrum (literally)  Low Fer to 10 GHz.  (oh, and of course 0 Hz - DC)

     It led me to travel over the world, doing expeditions, contesting, or just being a tourist - with a HAM friend to meet in each country.

     I coined the phrase "Life is Too Short for QRP", during a QRP contest a few solar cycles ago.  But, God Bless all QRP operators.

The best part of the "hobby" is the friends I have made.  Please break-in when you hear me and say hi !

On to the next Solar Cycle - What a Ride !

 

        -Bruce N6TU

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