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As a teenager in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I received a 1949 ARRL Handbook from my uncle. While reading the handbook I became fascinated with the magic of radio. In the late 1950's, with the help of my Elmer, Bob W8AXI, I received my Novice license, KN8OLS. and soon thereafter qualified for my Conditional ticket and the callsign K8OLS.

In the middle 1960's with the demands of family, education and career I did not renew my license and gave up amateur radio.

After retiring I began looking for something to keep me busy. I thought about amateur radio and remembered the fascination and wonder I experienced as a kid. I studied for and passed my General exam in May of 2006. Within a few months I discovered my original callsign was available and obtained the callsign K8OLS via the vanity callsign program.

My HF station is a Kenwood TS-570S with an LDG AT-100 Pro autotuner into an Ultra-Lite Senior dipole in a sloper configuration about 35 feet up at one end and 15 feet at the other with about a 120 degree bend at the apex. The orientation is East-West and Southwest. My mobile VHF-UHF rig is a Yaesu FT-8800.

For a base station on 2 meter/440 operation I use the FT-857D which also provides HF backup. The VHF-UHF antenna is a Comet G3 2m/440 vertical.

As I now have my original callsign I also go by my old nickname, Butch, which was the only name I was known by until graduating from high school.

After a 20 month hiatus from ham radio I am now back on the air as of May 29, 2015.

I am a member of the following clubs/nets:

Link to the Central Oregon Coast Amateur Radio Club

Link to the Western Country Cousins

Link to the Northwest Country Cousins

73, Butch

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