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Here is my life story as a Ham.  I first got exposed to Ham Radio around 1946 - 1947 when my brother started to learn cw.  He got his licens SM5AQV 1947.  At that time I began  my cw and theory training.  However we both had to take time out for the military service which at that time was obligatory in Sweden.  My brother made his service at the signal corps and I was sent to the cavalry (horses that time).  So I did not get my  SM5DW license until 1950 just after my 20th birthday.

1964 my wife and I moved to Galion Ohio.  I worked for L M Ericsson in Stockholm and this was a transfer to the operation in Galion.  Sweden and US didn't have a reciprcal agreement regarding Ham Radio Operation  until  a few years later  when I got permission to use the call  SM5DW/W8.

My wife and I got US citizenship  and I received the call  K8SL.   The company moved us 1983 to Raleigh NC 1983 and when I retired 1992 we deceided to stay in Raleigh.  I keep weekly schedule with  my nephew SM0NCS who has a good signal into NC all the time. He is like his dad, SM5AQV,  an excellent cw operator. 

I have always been interested in dx-ing and contesting.  I had approximately 250 countries confirmed when we moved from Sweden and I had to start all over again as  SM5DW/W8  and later as K8S 1976 wen we became  citizens.   2002 I had all countries confirmed and I have now started to work bandcountries. 

A couple of months ago I exchanged my old Icom 756  for a K3  and also added an Acom 2000A. My antennas are:

5el 20 meter beam at 90'

7 el logperiodic for  17 - 10 meters   and a wire antenna for 40,  80 and 160 meters.


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