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Name here is Lon, but most people call me...Lon.  Ever since that first night at the neighbors house back in 1954 listening to their Philco floor console on the shortwave bands, I've been facinated with radio.  Dad was a teacher and always looked for what peaked the interest of his students.  How much more did he pay attention to my interests?  Several years went by, but Dad never forgot.  He surprised me one day with a Cat Whisker crystal set.  I was beside myself.  I couldn't get an antenna in the air fast enough.  Eventually, that wore out and then we moved from Indiana to better teaching jobs in California.  I told Dad that I needed something better, but he was still testing me and bought me an Allied Radio 100-in-1 Electronics Lab.  I learned all I could from that (resistor color code, capacitor designations, etc.) and soon after the new wore off of the Electronics Lab, Dad surprised me with something I couldn't believe - A Knight Kit Ocean Hopper - a REAL shortwave receiver.  I think I had that built in a couple of days and I was in "Hog Heaven."  I wish I still had it...they're worth a lot of money now.

During the summer months, when school was out for the summer, Dad took a job with Santa Clara Pack as a printer, printing labels for all of the products they packed in cans.  He got to talking during lunch one day to a coworker who was a Ham.  He told him about me and we got invited over to his house to see his "Shack."  Not only could this "Ham" listen to other people, HE COULD TALK TO THEM TOO.  Well this was just too much.  My Dad's coworker told us about the local club putting on classes to help people get their Novice license, but just to make sure I stuck with it (Dad had no idea how strong the pull was), Dad enrolled both of us in the class.  We learned Rules and Regulations, Radio Theory and Morse Code.  At the end of the class they gave everyone the test and Dad and I both passed.  Dad became WN6FCT and I was WN6FCW.  I was given an old Hallicrafters S-38 receiver, but the problem was now about transmitting.  Dad to the rescue again.  He ordered a Knight Kit T-60 transmitter.  Didn't take long to put that together.  I also got knocked across the garage floor when I touched the plate cap while it was on.  Only time in my life that I did that.  I put an antenna on the garage roof and I was on the air.

The first CQ I put out, I had a station in Alaska come back to me, KL7NAO - I'll never forget that call, but he didn't have the patience I needed.  You see, the Novice class taught us NOTHING about on air protocols - little things like CW shorthand.  Instead of sending "KL7NAO de WN6FCW K," I sent "KL7NAO this is WN6FCW over."  Did I learn - NOPE.  The next night 9Q5FN in the Congo called me.  I really couldn't hear him, but a buddy across town, WB6AIK, called me on the phone to let me know.  So I did the same thing with the DX station.  The next day, my cross town buddy and I were riding bikes and he called me an idiot - he had heard the whole exchange, "No wonder he didn't dome back to you."  He finally calmed down to give me a few lessons.  Think about that the next time you're in a QSO with a new Ham.  New Hams today know even less about getting on the air than I did.  After all, the current Ham classes just teach you to memorize enough questions to pass the test.  On the Job Training takes on a whole new meaning for the current crop of new Hams.  Be patient with them.

That year, another buddy, George (now WB6OEB) and I operated field day from my backyard.  I think we both got our code speed close to 30 wpm and had a great time making contacts that field day (1963).

Soon after, my Grandma back in Indiana, contracted Hodgkins disease and the folks decided to move back.  My call got changed to WN9KAB.  The next summer, we went back to California and stayed about three months.  It was good getting to see George again and one day we decided to study for our General class licenses.  Another young man, Terry I think, George and I studied all summer and towards the end, Terry's Dad said he'd drive us to San Francisco to the Federal Building to take the test.  I came away with my General and received the call WB6MEB.  Before it came in the mail though, we headed back to Indiana for good.  Of course I had to have my license modified again and I received the call WA9OEW which I held for several years until I left home and moved to the Kansas City area - another call change to WBØIAQ.  Soon after I passed my Advanced and got the call KFØPA and the Extra upgrade let me apply for KØWJ.  Don't believe I'll be changing again.

So now I've been a Ham for over 53 years (43 years mobile) and I am as excited about getting on the air everyday as I was 53 years ago. I enjoy operating most modes available to me including CW, SSB, RTTY, FM and the many other digital modes now available. There is probably a software package available that suits your needs and operating style. There are many software packages that you can download from http://www.qsl.net/wm2u/psk31.html All you need then is a PC with a sound card and a couple of cables to get on the air with any of the modes that interest you.  I'm currently enjoying JT65 on the HF bands where you'll find me most days.  I use a software called JT65-HF HB9HQX Edition.  It's simple enough, but has many features that make logging a breeze.  One button at the end of each contact takes care of logging the contact to HRDlog.net, ClubLog and eQSL.  Couldn't be easier.  I also upload to LoTW every day as QRZ.com makes that upload a two click operation.
 
Looking back on my Ham career, I can tell you that not only did I have the time of my life, but Ham Radio taught me skills that a lot of people pay good money to learn.  Ham Radio has played a huge roll in my working career as it taught me logical trouble shooting skills, electronic theory and sound decision making.  I retired over ten years ago with 26 years at Siemens Enterprise Networks as a Data Networking Engineer.
 
 I hope to work you one day.
 
 
73,
Lon, KØWJ
 
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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K0WJ
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dedateband mode grid Country op
W1WC 2018-01-20 40m FT8 FN31no United States DAVID A BAUCHIERO
N7NM 2018-01-20 40m FT8 CN87rk United States Douglas M Ferguson
WB2QJ 2018-01-20 40m FT8 FN30ir United States MARK J LEVY
KC3BPM 2018-01-20 40m FT8 FM19wq United States PATRICK A EURES
NW7U 2018-01-20 40m FT8 CN87te United States SCOTT C LINDSTROM
WB3FSR 2018-01-20 40m FT8 FN20WB86 United States Peter D Vouvounas
KK4HEG 2018-01-19 40m FT8 EM95ij United States Fred J Gaisser
WQ1H 2018-01-19 40m FT8 FN43mb United States DAVID E SMITH
W3RJW 2018-01-19 40m FT8 FN20le United States RONALD J WHITSEL
N7KRJ 2018-01-19 40m FT8 DM48BX60 United States Richard Jorgensen
N7KRJ 2018-01-19 40m FT8 DM48BX60 United States Richard Jorgensen
KC2WUF 2018-01-19 40m FT8 FN20sq United States David A Bean
K4MY 2018-01-19 40m FT8 EM74re United States ROBERT L HAZEN
N4LCC 2018-01-19 40m FT8 EM84df United States DAVID L LAPEYROUSE
WB8VLO 2018-01-19 40m FT8 EN81hv United States RONALD J REED

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United States Award#3063
Granted: 2017-04-17 15:24:02   (K0WJ)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#5634
Granted: 2017-01-01 01:42:02   (K0WJ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#14822
Granted: 2017-01-01 00:50:02   (K0WJ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#16205
Granted: 2016-12-29 00:58:02   (K0WJ)

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