After years of short-wave listening and QSL collecting (as WDX2RPJ, courtesy of Popular Electronics) with a Heathkit GR-91 (had about 1/4" of bandspread on any particular band), was first licensed in 1971 at age 15 as WN2AOG using a Globe Scout Deluxe (remember crystals?) and a Knight Kit Star Roamer along with an 80/40 dipole and one of the infamous 15m rotatable dipoles (arm-strong rotor!),fabricated from the ARRL Handbook plan using 2x2's and galvanized water pipe - that sucker must have weighed 20 pounds!
Thought I was in heaven graduating to a Tempo One (Yaesu FT200) transceiver upon upgrading to General in 1972.
Over the years settled on Kenwood as "brand of choice", owning virtually every one of their "top" HF rigs from the original TS520 to a TS950SDX before getting the Yaesu bug again and going through various FT1000-FT2000 setups. Went back to Kenwood to try a TS990 but settled back to Yaesu and currently using a FTDX5000 with an Alpha 87A at the W2RR contest QTH, along with a tried and true Ten-Tec Omni-VI+ and Titan at the home QTH.
Active DXer - DXCC Honor Roll (current 354/339; #1 Honor Roll 1994; 5BDXCC 1993) and have also always been an avid contester.
Life member of ARRL, a charter member of WNYDXA (W2DXA), co-founder of WNYCC (W2RR - also trustee), member NFR (NF2RS) and will always be a BADXC'er.
My brother is ex-WN2BMW and my late Dad was a WWII electonics and code instructor in the Army Air Corp, hob-nobbing to almost every air base in the USA with fellow Captain Joe Hardy (founder of 84 Lumber) installing radio co-location landing systems and blind landing systems in B-17 bombers. Lots of stories there! He never got the ham bug, but never forgot the code. I remember him coming to my room after listening to me copying code practice and asking "is this what they sent?" Good memories.
Long-suffering wife of 38 years is KB2DFO and she knew what she was getting into right off the bat way back in High School, where my first "new car" was a 1973 Gremlin, some half of whose rear cargo area was consumed by a Penn Central Railroad Bendix VHF rig converted to 2m, complete with the speaker console under the dash.
QSL 100% direct or via The Buro - sorry, no LOTW here, just can't get my brain into trying to log some 100K+ paper log QSO's after the fact into the system.
Here's a couple of pics from the W2RR contest QTH.
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