As a 12 year old, in the early 1970's, my family was visiting Lloyd Sherman W3CDY (sk). During our visit, Lloyd showed us his radio. I had already been listening to hams (75 meter AM) on my Dad's portable shortwave radio. I ask Lloyd some questions, and he explained how I could become a ham. With my parents support, Lloyd as my Elmer, a 33 rpm record for morse code practice, and the ARRL study guides, on May 1,1973 I was issued WN3UUM.
My home QTH at that time was near Berlin, MD. My early interests were ragchewing, handling traffic, and working DX. A Heathkit DX60B and HR10B was my first setup. The first rig upgrade was to a SBE SB-36. Antennas were dipoles made from an old spool of electric fence wire. Mom claimed that a sparrow could not fly through the back yard without getting hung! Someone gave me a homebrewed vetical, and I discovered how much fun you can have on 10 meters. My high school buddy, Eric WA3UYB (WG3J) and I would hang there in the evenings, ragchewing and catching Es openings.
Since 1982, I have been living in the Houston, Texas area.
Recently my radio interests have been in operating on VHF/UHF, but mostly 50 MHz. I enjoy chasing new grids, and countries on 6 meters. Presently I am QRV on 160m through 1296 (excluding 902).
I enjoy working meteor scatter on 50,144,or 222 MHz. If you are within 1300 miles of EL29pw, and wish a meteor QSO on any of those bands, please contact me.
73 Best DX,
Station Setup:(Updated 10/2014)
HF: Icom 7600 / Alpha 76A
160 - 1/4wl vertical
80 & 40 meters - Inverted Vees
20/15/10 meters - 5 ele HyGain yagis on a 60' tower
17 meters - down for maintenance
6 meter station - Icom 7600 / Commander 2000(1.5kw)
- M2 9 ele yagi at 80'
- Homebrew 6 ele yagi at 30'
- 4, M2 6M7 @ 35' (EME)
144/222/432 MHz station - Yeasu FT736R / Henry 3002(1.5kw) / Mirage C2512G (120w) / TE 4452G (180w)
- 144 MHz : M2 2M8WL at 120' and 4 - 10 ele K5GW (EME) (down for maintenance)
- 432 MHz : M2 432-13WLA
-222 MHz - M2 222-7WL at 115'
1296 MHz - 144 MHz IF: Yaesu FT-736R - DEMI 25 watt Xvter
-1296 MHz - 4 Directive Systems 55 ele Loop Yagis at 113'
My 6 meter EME project:
After several years of gathering parts, and many blessings, this September 2013, I was able to complete my 6 meter EME project. However I must say, that I had many ham friends, (and a couple of non-ham friends), that had a part in this project. Without them this project would had stayed nothing more than dream. Some were directly involved. A few others in-directly, by motivating me to become active on 50 MHz, to learn the different types propagation, answering my many questions, and nudging me to go bit further.
Just a few that I would like to mention : Joe, W5HNK (one of the team of 4, who completed the first 6 meter EME QSO, in 1972, see: http://www.rcallen.com/eme50.htm ), Ed N5DG, Lance W7GJ, Calvin KR5E, Stan WB5ZMY, Jim W5ASW, Jason KB5URQ, Lee KZ4RR and the Midwest 6 Meter DX Group (see: http://www.qrz.com/db/K8MMM), to name just a few. Thanks to Phillip and his son Keith, for designing and building the heavy duty gin pole, and the boom/mast clamp. Of course, thanks to a host of hams that provided thoughts, and ideas during our QSOs through the years.
A speical thanks to a few SKs. I miss them now, and will always do so: Lloyd W3CDY, John W5UWB, and Bud W5HBO.
I cannot thank each of you enough!
73 and Best DX,
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