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The dream is back. Thanks to Rick, NQ4I, the project is on. This is a picture of the Spring 2016 project. Thanks to Scott, K0MD for this picture which I modified. I needed "a visual" for inspiration. I am now in the process of assembling two Force 12 C-49 XRs. The top one will rotate at 140'. while the lower one at 80' will be fixed (for now)  toward Europe. The prop pitch by K7NV is here! The C-49XRs will be feed by an Array Solutions Stack Match, allowing BIP, and BOP.

Robert Browning wrote,  Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

This has been an interesting pligrimage since I was first licensed in 1963 as WN5FZW using a dipole hung off of  20' pole. My novice exam was given by Ed, W5ILR (sk). After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas in 1966, I moved to Kentucky to teach high school in Hopkinsville, KY. Then more graduate work at Western Kentucky Unniversity. I studied and got my CW speed up to the required 12 wpm. In 1969, I drove from Bowling Green to Atlanta, GA., to the BIG FCC OFFICE to take the General exam. The CW test was given first in a large group, (passed, whew!), and then the written exam. A month later, received that wonderful card from the FCC, "passed General," was assigned WB4OJC. My first Collins S Line came from R.L Howard now WC5E, Howard Radio in Abilene, Texas. He said, "Instead of trading 3 times, just get the best to start and you will save money in long run." I still follow that advice.

Right after becoming a General in 1969, I joined a 20 meter morning group on 14340. Abe, W5XB (sk), quickly started calling me "Orange Juice Charlie" as I was drinking orange juice on the air one morning. I become the most junior member with K7GRU (sk) -Rial, W2HU (sk) -Blair, W9IBC (sk)-Dayton, W0HYY-Curt, W0MZQ (sk) -Paul, K9QJV (sk)- Lewis, W1GMA, (sk) -"Doc,", W6BJ (sk) -Deano, WA5LEE, (sk) -John, WB8HVK (sk) -Less, WA5UDL (sk) -Bobby, W5AMN (sk), -Wayne and others, like "Gypsy Bill, "whose calls I don't remember at the moment. After 30+ years, Abe was the longest lasting member of 14340.

All these great men listed above made contributions to my growth as a ham, and a man, but Abe was more. He was a friend and mentor in many ways. Professionally, he was an oil man, but personally, he never met a stranger, was always glad to see me, and always had a good word. It is an honor to have the call of man I admired so !

When I learned his call was available, I wanted to have it issued to me as a way to honor Abe, and all he stood for as a ham and as man.

All of these men were cut out of the "the old cloth," and I miss their wisdom, knowledge, humor, and comments on "the world today." I often wonder what Abe would say about politics today, or Rial who was crusty but always "on target," or Paul who was always growing his manufacturing company--he knew "how to do business." I miss hearing Lewis say on Saturday morning, "This afternoon, Rose and I are MAKING Pasta," or Dayton who would say, "The bell rang, got a customer," or Curt happily mobiling down the road in a new Oldsmobile. Blair was retired Admiral and knew "naval defense," and spoke of it like a statesman. Wayne always had a great joke and called himself, "the pickle pump saleman."

For those of us active now, whether Dxers, contesters, rag chewers, or innovators...we do stand on the shoulders of giants who have gone before us.

Thanks for taking the time to read my "ham history."

Best 73s,








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