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Well I guess we know why they call it Ham Radio!  


I have been interested in Ham Radio while still in the single digits.  My very favorite uncle (W7HNM - Silent Key at almost 100 years old) was an old school operator who showed me how to wind his own coils for his 500 Watt AM transmitter.  He started into SSB and had to show me how to use my old tube Hallicrafters receiver to listen to SSB by turning on the BFO and to my amazement, out came Donald Duck!

I always enjoyed listening to hams but found CW a real challenge.  Uncle Sam said he needed me and I told my USAF recruiter that he could have me for a few years if I could be guaranteed a job as a radio operator.  The deal was struck and off I went to San Antonio and then Biloxi, Mississippi.


I seem to recall training on a R390 receiver and a HW 100 transceiver.



My first assignment was to HQ SAC HF/SSB station located at Elkhorn, Nebraska where I got my hands on some Collins KWT-6 transceivers and of all things a 205-J 50KW linear amp!   SAC never did mess around! 


My next assignment was to South East Asia where I worked command and control comms and doubled as the base MARS operator.  I was given several KWM-2A transceivers and associated linear amps to work phone patches back to the land of the big BX.








Towards the end of my time with the USAF I found myself in England working direct comm support with U-2/TR1 and SR-71 Aircrews.  The sled guys claimed they could outrun my radio signals but I knew better to challenge them and I can tell you first hand that those SAC aircrews were some of the very best people you would ever get to work with.

The squadron commander handed out nicknames and he blessed me with "Pigman". 

I asked why and he said "Because you ride a pig".   Um ... no ... I ride a Harley which is a HOG.  I don't know many people who attempt to tell a O-6 that they were wrong and able to correct them but I found myself in the group who just accepted the nickname assigned.                                     

After working a couple of decades as a computer tecnical support guy I figured it was time to enjoy a few of the things I had to put on hold.  One of those things was getting back into Amateur Radio.

I  passed my first hurdle by getting my Tech license in January 2017 and I passed my General Class examination 6 May 2017,

I started with a BF-F8HP and use it mobile connected to a Tram 11861 High Gain Mag Mount antenna and a upgraded speaker/microphone. (You know you are a rookie when you  mention an upgraded Baofeng.) 

At home I have a Yaesu 7900 powered by a Jetstream PSU (JTPS45) and connected to a Diamond  X50A Dual Band antenna on a 30 foot mast. I recently installed a multiband vertical  (MFJ-2389) for HF use with my Yaseu 857D.

I am a member of the AARL, KBARA and the Inland Empire VHF Radio Amateurs Club (IE VHF).

I enjoy Digital Ham Radio after acquiring a Icom ID-31A where I can usually be found on Reflector 29A till 05:00Z.   I switch to Reflector 001C at around 05:15Z till 07:00Z most nights..

I'm sharing my station information because I'm curious about other stations and find most managed QRZ dot COM pages very interesting.



Yaesu 7900 and a Diamond X50


Yaesu 857D and a 8 Band MFJ 2389 Vertical Antenna



ICOM ID-31A                 BF-F8HP

If you are reading this because I just made a QSO then I have just made a new friend












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