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   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 LP 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. Antennas were wire dipoles. The 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! The first rig upgrade was to a SBE SB-36. Someone gave me a 10 meter 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 out 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, and 222 MHz. If you are within 1300 miles of EL29pw, and wish a meteor QSO on any of those bands, please contact me.

  (04/2015) I am in the process of placing my paper logs into LOTW. However, my portable grid square operations are still in paper logs. If you need a QSL from W3UUM/P or /M, please QSL via mail. My contest logs are still in paper form only also.

73 Best DX,

Matt W3UUM

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 as nothing more than dream. Some friends 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,

Matt W3UUM

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