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CQ CQ de NW2M. Greetings!

My first exposure to Amateur Radio was in high school. Electronics 101 my freshman year (1970) taught the Novice class license. Cherry Hill High School East (NJ) had a large ham station with a 75' rotatable tower with large monoband yagis from 40 meters thru 2 meters. Needless to say, I missed the 5 WPM code by one character and never returned for 15 years. I did complete all 4 years of electronics before high school graduation, but knew nothing about Amateur Radio. 

My interests in radio were renewed when I began working with telecommunication engineers as part of my profession.  They were hams.  Being the "software guy", I wrote my own code tutor program on an Apple IIe computer using BASIC and studied for hours.  Code was not my best subject.  I passed the 5 and 13 WPM code tests along with the Novice, Technician, and General theory exams in one sitting.  A year later I passed the 20 WPM and the Advanced and Extra theory exams.

My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Monmouth University, a Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from MIT - Sloan School of Management.

I collect the Yaesu FT-101 series HF radios made during the 1970's, and dedicated a webpage to this effort:  http://www.qsl.net/nw2m/ft101.html   It was my first HF radio station and I have the entire set on display (9' feet across!) in my shack - even today.  And YES, it all works!

(Shown: Speaker/Phone Patch, Oscilloscope, Linear Amp, D-104 mic, FT-101F Transceiver, Remote VFO, 2M & 6M Transverters)

(Not Shown: YC-610 Freq Display, YD-844 Desk Microphone, QTR-24 Clock, YP-150 Wattmeter, Extender Cards, Mobile Mount)

I enjoy 2M VHF weak signal work and built a 34' long yagi with 22-elements that I designed and built from computer modeling.  You don't realize how long a 34' boom is until you stand it next to a 2-story house- much less installing it on a 50' tower!  SSB contesting and EME listening was fun.  I only had 8 watts of RF power from a 1974 Yaesu FT-221 (FTV-250) all mode 2M transciever. After 20 years of faithful service, the antenna, rotor, and feedline were consumed by the elements.  A new chapter begins-

 

Best of 73 - Al, NW2M

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