My teens in Connecticut. Listening to an AM Broadcast station from Long Island I could hear only at night and ,wondering why only at night? started me into CB radio when I built a Heathkit transceiver with a regenerative receiver. Back then very few of us were on CB and we all knew each other, used it like an intercom. I met an old timer on that CB who was a Ham, Callsign W1CMX.
With phonetics like Whisky One Constipated Mother Xavier it was really hard to forget him and he whetted my appetite for radios and electronics. In 1962 I joined the Navy and trained for a year to be an ELectronics Technician.
I again moved to Staten Island, NY and worked in the city. One evening I was talking to WA3CPH back in Johnstown PA on 80 meters when I heard a 'CLUNK' that just about blew my eardrums. That's how I met KB2EF! Bob lived about two blocks from me and we would talk on 80 meters, with both of us operating into a dummy load! We became lasting friends to this day. I again moved with my job to South Florida and was QRT for a few years.
First licensed WB3HHS in 1977, I enjoyed building, and played with RTTY when it was gears and oil. Moved to Southeast Florida, becoming KE4UN. I couldn't resist when my initials became available with the correct 4 prefix, hence W4RQ.
My Stuff... Elecraft's KX-3 is a simply amazing little rig, with a HyGain AV-640 Vertical above the roof and my key of choice, the TinyBug built by another Richard..WB9LPU is the perfect companon to the KX-3. My Home Brewed Small Magnetic Loop antenna for portable use On The Road, or a day at the park. I love when it all comes together!
I'm still working on that CW proficiency! One of these days I will get there, and in the meanwhile, I'm enjoying the Ride!
QRP: for When you care enough to send the very least.
WORK THE WORLD WITH FIVE WATTS!
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