When I was very young, maybe seven or eight, I received a flashlight as a gift.
Almost immediately I learned about the speed of light and the enormous distance it would travel in a year. Just before bedtime one night, I went into the backyard with my new flashlight and turned it upward into the black sky.
As I turned it on and off, I imagined that somewhere far away, an intelligent being would detect the light from my flashlight. I had transformed my flashlight into a time and distance machine.
To me, this is the essence of radio.
June 29, 2011
4 x 6M5XHG w/elev: 6m EME
Vertical Dipoles: 6m, 30m
Horizontal Dipoles: 40m, 80m
Long Wire w/Icom AH-4: 160m
Wellbrook ALA1530S+ Receive Loop: 80m, 160m
Spiderbeam HD: 10m through 20m
9-band WAS JT65 (100% LoTW, 25-Feb-12)
Triple Play WAS (#1268)
8-band DXCC (confirmed, but not applied for)