I have been a ham since 1972 in El Paso, Texas with first call of WN5JXY (Novice), (Vince Sparacino taught me morse code with an old paper tape code generator at Ft Bliss, TX if anyone alive remembers him) then after a few years, I upgraded to TECH with call WA5JXY.
I currently hold a FCC General Class license as W7FED.
Here I am in my old hamshack in El Paso, Texas;
I remember sitting on top of the Franklin mountains in El Paso, Texas about 25 years ago. I was playing "briefcase packet" from the top of the mountain (4692 feet ASL) with my Radio Shack Model 100 and a GLB-PK1L packet node controller I built into a briefcase with a rechargeable battery pack. You can see three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua Mexico) and two countries (US, Mexico) from up there !
I was one of the first in the country (especially El Paso) to get on PACKET RADIO. (Waaaaay before the internet. Actually pre-Compuserve and 300 baud dial-up modem!) Packet radio isn't as popular as it used to be (except for APRS and some new digital messaging modes), but I sure enjoyed building one of the FIRST PACKET Bulletin Board System (Xerox 820 CP/M - W0RLI software). I also helped build the FIRST DIGIPEATER in El Paso with a home-built TAPR TNC (with Dave W5DBC-SK) as well as the FIRST Modem/Packet BBS cross-link and the ELPWX Packet-Based "WeatherNode".
I have enjoyed many modes of Amateur radio over the years including RTTY, AMTOR, Packet, AM, SSB, FM, and Satellite.
I think I have owned most every rig ever made. Most of my friends can attest to that!
Some of my favorites were/are;
TEN-TEC CORSAIR II
KENWOOD TS-520, and TS-830
ICOM IC-820H Satellite Rig
KENWOOD TM-V7R Dual-Band Mobile
YAESU VX-7R Tri-Band+ Handheld
ICOM IC-2/3/4AT Handheld. The BEST Radio and Quality made by anyone to date.
RADIO SHACK HTX-202 Handy Talkie. The 1% of product that RS sold that worked OK.
HALLICRAFTERS S-20R Sky Champion
Teaberry CB's - All were fantastic!
Cobra CB's - 148GTL (with Freq counter). Still own this!
Golden Eagle MARK I - Never could afford it, but sure wanted it!
E.F. Johnson "White-Face" - My first rig along with a Turner +2 base mic. Wish I still had it!
I still enjoy shortwave listening with my Icom PCR-1000 receiver. Now that I live in a HOA I'm going to have to be more creative on what antennas I can stuff in the attic for my Kenwood TS-570DG.
I used to be very active on FM VHF/UHF repeaters and the TRASH linked repeater system (10 repeaters/sites) that the El Paso TRASH group and I built, but all sites/repeaters have been shut down and sold due to my recent career move. Just can't move all that stuff across the country!
Ham Radio is BUILDING STUFF (like your own RADIO RECEIVER and/or TRANSMITTER!)
or how about some RaspberryPi or Arduino projects?
The ARRL has a nice "Arduino for Amateur Radio" book. BUY IT!
And of course the great "ARRL Handbook". BUY IT!
I ENCOURAGE existing and NEW hams to "do your part" to help reduce and eliminate "poor operating habits" such as cussing, playing music, or intentional interference. Ham radio has always been "self-policing". Help track down these "offenders" and DO NOT ENCORAGE THEM in their efforts to give ham radio a bad name. Build an antenna and do some investigating and direction finding. REPORT them!
I enjoy the ALLSTARLINK radio system. http://www.allstarlink.org
I have a node on now (27087)
Limited RF coverage in Seattle, WA (mostly low power simplex UHF)
Check out the node list at https://allstarlink.org/nodelist.php
I recently went the Mike & Key Electronics and Ham Radio swapmeet at the Puyallup Fair Grounds, Puyallup, WA. - Amazing how many people attend this event! I had a great time selling and talking with everyone and I am glad I got rid of some stuff that I no longer need and that others can now enjoy it. I didn't get a chance to walk around and look at other tables, which was probably a very good thing, as this year was my "clean-out and get rid of" and not a "go buy new goodies" weekend.
I currently support Motorola ASTRO P25 trunking radio systems.
73 de W7FED (ex WA5JXY) Neil
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