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OK, so someone asked me to put a little meat (ham of course) on this QRZ page and here it is.....

When I was a child (1930s) my uncle gave me a radio that operated without electrical power connections. He called it a crystal set. He told me that a few years before it had been used to listen to radio broadcast stations, but they now used a big floor model radio with tubes, that pulled in all sorts of signals. I wondered about the signals I could hear with that big radio. My grandmother told me they were "hams".

I built my first transmitter (low power BC band) in 1945. I remember that while I was working on it the guy on the BC receiver said the date was 12/3/45. It was fun talking with my buddy on the next block, but I didn't know any hams and didn't do ham radio.

My amateur license came way back when you needed to go to the FCC office for the exam and send and receive code on that big black "Navy" key. I  was mostly interested in UHF/VHF for many years when inexpensive surplus hardware could be converted to those bands and discarded TVs were a source of parts.

The main photo (above) is a QSL card made from an image taken in the early 90s when I thought I should collect some wallpaper and undertook WAS and DXCC on RTTY. The previously used TTY machines had been replaced with a computer by that time.

For a while I did analog TV on UHF but it didn't have lasting interest. Same with packet, but I maintain the APRS capability and digipeater, at least until it needs some maintenance. I have not been to the digipeater site for several years (remote control is wonderful).


This photo was taken a few years ago but has not changed much. You might spot the helicopter on the bench or the guitar but the radio stuff is spread out. There is a varity of radios that is allways changing, and a place to work on them. The large table is where a lot of RC planes were built. In the corner is Echo/IRLP node 4591/44591 which operates headless but still has the CRT and KB attached. You can't see the link to the K2ILH-2 APRS digipeater which is a few miles away or the D-Star hotspot/gateway that came later.

More recemtly I became interested in D-Star. In 2011 I purchased an ID-880 and, since there were no repeaters here, I built up a hotspot consisting of a Starboard, RPi (lately using the Maryland DStar G4KLX image), and a Motorola GM300 on 2 meters. In 2013 a few of the club  http://barrabuffalo.com/ members and I undertook to change an existing repeater I had been keeping alive, to an ICOM hardware D-Star dual band (see KD2GBR on QRZ). But I still keep my D-Star hotspot and it's great when lying in the backyard hammock or around the neighborhood with the HT.

I don't do HF anymore but have an operational rig and a tri-bander and a Vibroplex Brass Racer. I did enjoy HF digital modes, collecting wallpaper (WAS, DXCC, etc. on RTTY, PSK,etc.). The ARRL still lists me as a Volunteer Examiner and as a QSL card checker but there has not been much call for that lately.

If you hear me, give a shout

73, Bill


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