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K3EE, Mark, -- My first radio was a National SW-3, three tube regen, that my father brought home from his work at Sperry Gyrascope Co during WWII. It was on this radio that I first heard hams on 75 meters as ham radio was again opened up after the war.

First licenced as KL7OO in Alaska at the end of WWII, 1947/8. Station was an HT-9 crystal controlled transmitter, and the receiver an HQ-120. The antennas were a 40 m dipole, a three element 10m beam, and a 20 meter vertical made out of beer cans soldered together and resting on a coca cola bottle for an insulator.

Returned home to New York City in 1949, I was one of the pioneers on Single Sideband. My call was W2ALJ and I used a homemade SSB phasing exciter driving a 304TH final on 20 and 10 meters.

In the 1960's I operated as W3BEH, from Maryland. At that time I was doing a lot of travelling overseas so did not make many contacts with that call. In 1972 I was overseas in a location that prohibited ham radio and my license expired. I returned and took the entire exam all over again in Baltimore. The FCC examiner rewarded me with this nice call, K3EE, which I have used ever since.

Am now retired and my wife, Denise, KD4UCP, and I live in this mountain top home we built in 1991. My current goals are to earn 5Band DXCC and to work DX on 160 meters. But I am a real lid on CW, so the 160 Meter operation is hard going. Nevertheless, I have a 160 m Windom dipole up at 60 to 70 ft in the trees and three beverage receiving antennas. Radio is a Ten Tec Omni VI running 100 watts. I built a power amp in 2001 using a pair of 3-500Z's. It puts out a good 1200 watts on 20 thru 10 meters. Now I have a low frequency power amp under construction to put out 1200 to 1500 watts on 160 thru 40 meters. It is entirely made from junkbox parts. This PA is a pair of very old 304-TH tubes, in push-pull with 3500 volts on their plates. I love turning junk box junk into working, on the air equipment.

I have a nice TELREX 5 element 20 m beam -- but it got damaged and now is a 4 el. beam. But, according to ELNEC, the forward gain actually went up by 0.2 db when the middle director was removed. The rotator is a prop-pitch motor gearbox driven by a half horsepower, 3450 rpm, reversible motor. More junkbox stuff at work.

73 - Mark -

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