I had been first licensed as a Novice in 1955, and in 1956 I passed my General, including the code test at 13 wpm. I had been very active on HF for many years when I lived in an apartment house in Brooklyn, N.Y., with quite an antenna farm on the roof. My antenna “collection” included a 15 meter vertical ground plane, where the vertical section was constructed of screw-in section antennas of army surplus materials, with the radials draped across the roof section of the entrance courtyard. Also had a 135 foot dipole for 75 phone, a long wire for 40, and a 3-element beam for 10-15-20 which blew down in a violent storm 2 weeks after I put it up!
Whenever I went on 15 CW, I did not need a code monitor. My next door neighbor’s TV jumped up and down loudly (literally!) to my dah dit dah dit, dah dah dit dah! About 15 seconds after I began transmitting (and this was expected!) I heard a loud knock on my apartment door, with my neighbor “suggesting” (in the loudest possible voice!) that I was “killing” her TV and to get off and stay off! What I did (at my own expense!) was to install High Pass Filters on the TVs of neighbors who complained about the TVI. I also, of course, placed a Low Pass Filter at my transmitting end. But ultimately, I tended to confine my operating hours for 15 to 2AM or 3AM, hoping my neighbors were asleep!
Luckily, operating on 80 CW, 75 Fone, and 40, 20, and 10 was relatively TVI free, so I was really able to enjoy operating for the most part from my apartment.
After completing college and graduate school, I obtained a High School Mathematics teaching position at a very fine private school, necessitating a move to White Plains, NY. I held this position for 36 years until my retirement, two years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but I did not forget Ham Radio! At the school I was the Faculty Advisor to the Ham Radio Club, and helped many of the students get their first (Novice) ticket. Equipment at the club included a Drake TR4 Transceiver, and a 3 element tri-band beam. The Ham Radio Room was always filled with students, and even the Head of School was fascinated, sitting in the room, and listening to QSO’s we had throughout Europe and Africa!
I am now living in a private home in an antenna restricted area. I have tried different “invisible antennas,” but not with the success I had previously enjoyed when I lived in Brooklyn in the apartment house. I am currently tremendously enjoying operating on EchoLink, using an Apple Computer, as well as an IPad, IPhone4, and HTC Android Smartphone using EchoLink Apps. I tremendously enjoy the interference free rag-chews, and the great FM quality sound on EchoLink!
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