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                                      RUNNING BIG IRON @ K7TOM      

Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."     

      

As a kid I just wanted to know just how radio works. In my 70's I'm still trying to find out about it. Fortunately, I found out. It's MAGIC! Yes it's all magic. Don't be fooled.

 

                                              

                               

           LATEST SETUP / 2/2015
                                                           

18 HT HY TOWER.    BEAM CUSHCRAFT A4S


                                 1962/1963 SERVICE ARMY Korea        Camp  Custer     7 Th CAV   RECON SCOUT

                    http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/events/kowar/kowar.htm                                

1/Cav                                                                                             7 TH.CAV. UNIT INSIGNIA'S 

                                    

 

 

        

Recon patch       LOOKING OUT MY BACK DOOR KOREA 62/63.                              

  SCOUT MISSION :  MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH THE ENEMY AND REPORT BACK !

 My Recon platoon in the 7 TH CAV was made up of :  One scout squad and four or five m-60 mounted jeep's. (ME) after a while i moved into the tank side.  

 One infantry suqad with a personnel track. One four pt duce mortor squad with a personnel track. was 107 MM.

          Two Walker Bull Dog light,( 25 ton) tanks with 30 cal mg and 50 Cal top side and main gun 76 mm. this is small for a tank but it was fast and low profile.

          You could cruse about 50 MH.    P.S. I WAS THE DRIVER OF FIRST TANK,Thats when i changed my  m,o,s  to driver . Our crew was like brad in his tanker mov.

         Walkers where replaced with the 55 ton M-48 Tank.They had 90-mm guns. Also, we had: DAVEY CROCKET field nukes for our 4. duce mortar Squad just in case.

         we spent most of our time guarding them with the whole battalion when we moved in the field with them.  Below map shows U.S DEPLOYMENT 1962.  In June of 63

       command switched the 7TH INF DIV ( SEE CRUSHED BEER CAN RED BLK PATCH) AND OUR 7TH CAV COMPOUND LOCATIONS ALONG THE DMZ LINE.                                                                                     

           

http://www.qsl.net/ah6hy/SKDMZ.html                VILLAGE,   yongjugol KOREA

http://www.2ida.org/koreaatourofduty/CharlieBlock.html, Read about Charlie Block. The leveled mountain in background,(above pic.)

I was at Camp Custer,the middle camp of the three custer camps at base of Charlie Block.Our alert position was a little N.E. of Charlie in a cut at the top of a ridge overlooking Freedom Bridge and the Imjin GANG, (RIVER) that ran between the D.M.Z and us.

                                                                   

 

Duty on the DMZ was hazardous duty and "alerts" were continuous. On 23 November 1962, "A' Troop, 9th Cavalry, manning Outpost Susan, was attacked by a barrage of grenades, that killed one trooper and wounded another. On several occasions in 1962 and 1963, troopers were attacked by marauding North Korean soldiers. Less than a year later, on 29 July 1963, a jeep patrol of the 9th Cavalry was ambushed, killing two of the unit. In the resulting pursuit of the raiders, another trooper was killed. The hot summer night this happened I was on c.q. duty. I heard the explosions from some mines in the DMZ going off due to a huge fire the North Koreans started in the DMZ to help cover them and cause confussion.There was a huge glow in the sky over the hills that i could see from out front of our H.Q building.There was machine gun fire all night and other small arms.All of this going on just a few hills over from me. At day break we where all armed to the teeth and sitting in our alert positions waiting for them to come over the hills.They didnt come ,but retreated back across the D.M.Z. Some of them where killed by the local R.O.K and that was it for this incursion.

 

       

 

       Tank range.                                                                                                              YOUGJUGOL, S.KOREA

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SERVICE: GERMANY 1964/1965, MY UNIT 5/32 ARMOR DIVISON.

ATTACHED TO 24TH.INFANTRY DIVISON AT WILL KASERNE MUNICH.    A60 AND A60A1 TANKS UP TO A 120 MM GUN.

       

5TH/32 ARMOR DIV. Will Kaserne Munich. DIV.PATCH 24 TH INFT.              http://genosplace.com/5-32images3.html


                              A SHORT LIFE

After leaving korea, LIKE ANY STUPID KID I volunteered for NAM. However having a personnel man smarter than me, he said no and so I reported to Munich for service with the 5th./32nd.Armor Divison at Will Kaserne.ten min.north of dwn town Munich.A very nice place. Serving in Korea was business 24/7 pretty much. So leaving a THIRD WORLD  duty station and going to a modern country was a real change! After serving the Army for three yrs and Leaving as E/5,I got my papers June 1,65 at Brooklyn Navey yard & returned to Ohio. Late Aug. I left with my older Brother and traveled to Seattle area.Started wk with Boeing at Renton early Nov.1965 as a rivet bucker and mech. In the wing line,and building 727,737 stubs.the section that wings attach to.Also a prod.insp. and sub assembly too finals.on all craft types.Also some boat work when they did hydro boats. and stayed till Jan.1,2009.Spent most of that time in Tooling Q.A.,where I worked in every displine that the once greatest tooling org.in the world mastered.we did our in house foundry,the great full scale modeling that we used to pull out entire family of tooling that was used to fab all production parts of aircraft.we had our mock ups and our temp shop.we did our dies for blanking sheet metal parts and vacuum form dies. We built all our master Gage's and secondary Gage's that controlled all Assembly jigs. We used the worlds cutting edge tooling from 3D construction and quality control with Digital techniques. We where the best in the world. As I progressed thru this I became the tooling q.a lead for plant two.This was the major plant in Seattle,until they bought a failing competitor and all changed.It seamed as though there was a race on to dismantle the greatest Org.within this giant and they did. also spent a time in programing N.C Q.A . I worked @ every plant in country & out plus I have worked on every model from 707 to 787 and most all military projects in between.  I retired Jan1,2009.

 



 

http://mobile-app.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/from-rust-bucket-to-showpiece-volunteers-are-rescuing-the-first-boeing-747


K7TOM: HAVE BEEN A HAM NOW FOR 40 YRS OR SO. NOW THAT I AM RETIRED I HOPE TO BECOME MORE ACTIVE ON HF.

I HAVE A CUSHCRAFT A4 AT APPROX. 30 FT. ALSO 18HT VERTICAL AND OF COURSE AN INVERTED V AT 50 FT.

STATION: KENWOOD TS- 990, ICOM 746 PRO, & Alpha 87A, Yaesu FT-8100 , FT-991 YAESU, FT-950 , Pal star HF auto 2k tuner,2M/440.

VARIOUS HANDY TALKIES,2 MET/ 440'S,220.

ALSO A JABRA 9450 Mic. 


 

STATION:  RUNNING BIG IRON, A KENWOOD TS-990 &  Alpha 87A, ICOM- 7800 , ICOM 746 PRO, FT-991 , AND  FT 950

    

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OLD SET UP.

 


                                         TYPHOON KAREN

When this typhoon hit Guam we rode it out in the outer

bay on board the troop ship, USS BUCKNER. This Typhoon had two eyes

and completely demolished the isl. we stayed there for two weeks before

heading out again for Korea. we cleaned up and feed everyone we could from the ship. A trip to remember.

 

We road the storm out inside the outer "Apra Harbor" wind reached 207 m.p.h.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-g/ap123.htm

http://www.drallea.com/1962Typhoon%20Karen/

 

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"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."  (Samuel Adams, 1780)

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