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Greetings from Mahopac NY USA. My radio adventures started at a young age when I was gifted with two kid sized walkie talkies, not only did they see use talking to my cousin down the street but when I tried to "fix" them when they broke. I guess the idea of wireless just fascinated me and when I saw the internal components I was hooked. Frown if you must but my radio experience expanded to CB radio after a visit to another cousin who had a radio and mobile antenna in his bedroom , I was able to convince him to hook it up and for the first time I made my first contact to someone "out there". Looking back I wonder how that radio's finals didn't blow considering the condition of the coax and having more knowledge about mobile mag mount antennas. Needless to say CB became a resident on my Christmas list for a few years. My mom took the approach of its expensive and people will complain so it wasn't until I had my first Job working weekends assembling Sunday papers that I collected enough money to run to the local Radio Shack and got a CB walkie talkie. Slowly I learned about radio as a hobby, lucky for me there was an active CB community in Bronx NY at the time. CB is what it is I met good and bad operators even a few Hams who like to monitor and chat from time to time. Somewhere in one of those conversations and while researching expanding my CB station I discovered Ham Radio. Once I got my CB base station up and running I started getting Ham study guides I think it was the now your talking study guide from radio shack along with the cassette tapes teaching Morse code. While I had no problem memorizing that A=.- and when Di and Dahs were used the code made sense but receiving actual CW all sounded the same to me after a very short period so I wasn't able to pass the code segments.

Time flies I graduated HS enlisted in the US Army Reserve. Even though I couldn't get my amateur ticket due to the code my studying helped me on my ASVAB test and landed a job as a 35E Radio/Comsec repairer. What can I say I wanted to serve my country and I wanted to learn more about radios sure I knew what a resistor looked like but what does it do I needed answers. Shortly after returning from Basic and AIT I learned of the Tech no code license and I jumped at the chance. KB2VNE was born at a northern NJ Hamfest VE session, I ordered an Icom IC-2000 2M rig and a dual band Diamond antenna and all the parts between. Waiting for my ticket and getting that antenna up as fast I could. I really enjoyed repeaters and listening for any simplex I could find, I went portable with radio shacks HTX-202 I think, great clearance sale price I might add. I don't use the 202 anymore but that IC-2000 is still in use to this day, I love that radio.

Here we are today, finally some of you maybe commenting, late 2010 I upgraded to General class and earned my Extra upgrade April 30 2011. For the CW hard core fans who have read this I am still trying to develop an ear for CW. I hope since it has been a while and I am relearning the code from scratch I can become proficient at least receiving code at a slow speed. One thing I have learned from my radio adventures is that there is always something to learn , puzzles to be solved , soldering flux smells funny, and there is fun to be had trouble shooting.

You can typically catch me on 40 meters mostly SSB but I'm experimenting with digital modes keep your eyes peeled for me. I do venture to other HF bands but so far I have had the best luck on 40 Meters. I also religiously monitor 6 meters 50.1250 MHz, there is some good activity in my area and enjoy a good SSB QSO. I also continue to enjoy 2 meter repeater work. I am currently a member of Pearl repeater club (K2PUT) and can be typically found monitoring their 2 meter repeater 145.130- PL 136.5 ( http://www.pearl-k2put.org/ ). As far as mobile capabilities I typically work 2 Meter repeaters and monitor the US 440 call frequency.

To everyone who has read my bio thank you, and I hope if I haven't already had a QSO or even worked some quick DX with you, that I get the chance to add you to my log book soon. Life is short but our signals are out there somewhere.

 

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