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My interest in radio hobby started in 1963 at age 10 with a Hammarlund receiver borrowed from my uncle. 
I tuned mostly international shortwave stations and enjoyed collecting QSL cards. I learned morse code by writing down the dits and dahs of the slower operators in the novice band and decoding the message. Within a few months I was copying over 20wpm by ear. 
I was licensed in 1978 as KA1CAN and upgraded thru general and advanced and after several attempts made my Extra in December of 1980. 
I operate mostly 40M CW but also enjoy other bands and modes. 
Restoring boat anchor radios was mostly self taught but appreciated help from my elmers W1JBV who was chief engineer at our local broadcast station WICC and W2FU Doc Zimany. Their guidance most likely was the main reason I never electrocuted myself. 
Most recently I have discovered the great fun of hunting Non directional beacons in the VLF range 198khz thru 520khz. 
Please enjoy the photos below. 
 Hunting Non Directional Beacons is a whole lot of fun!  In the VLF range, 198 khz thru 530 khz there are hundreds of beacons for aircraft navigation sending low speed CW. When I first started I was just using a simple 40M dipole and a software program called ARGO and SPECTRAN and logged over 150 beacons.  This fall I layed out a switchable Beverage on the Ground system that works great. The beverage antennas vary between 600' and 180'. I terminate them with non-inductive resistors and control the receive direction with a Ameritron RCS-8V Remote Coax Switch. I wound a transformer on a #77 core with 12 turns on the antenna side and 4 turns on the receiver side.  Here are some photos of my system and pics of some of the beacon antennas from google maps. Try it... it's addictive....

Birds eye view of Beverage on the Ground system. 





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