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In 1941 just before World War-II my father bought a 1942 ARRL handbook. There was a picture of a 21/2 meter transmitter on the cover and it cost one dollar. I wore that book out looking at it and wishing for stuff I could never afford with the depression still on. I was about ten years old. I wore out a 1946 handbook too. I still have the 1942 ARRL handbook.

For about a year in 1949 and 1950 I spent one night a week working the Civil Air Patrol Net from a concrete bunker building in the Hollywood hills above Los Angeles, building ground plane antennas and converting surplus WW2 radios, mostly Air Corps SCR-522s and Navy ARC-4s for CAP use.

A whole bunch of years later, in 2009, I finally took the Tech test. No one could accuse me of being hasty. In 2010 I passed the General test.

Currently working HF with a fine Kenwood TS-930SAT using a home-made 260' OCF Windom inverted v and 2 meters on an old Yaesu 2600M with an old Hallicrafters unidirectional antenna on the end of my home at about 40' high. For mobile I have a couple of Yaesu 1500Ms with mag mount antennas.

God Bless America, Land that I love ... May He keep us always free with our liberty as defined in the Bill Of Rights and our government obeying the Constitution.

Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas
Translation: It’s better to die upon my feet than to live upon my knees!
Emiliano Zapata

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