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First licensed in November 1977 while in high school thanks to an ole Navy Signal Corpman now SK. 

First station consisted of a DX-60B transmitter and Collins R-390 receiver.

First contact was made using this rig and a 100 watt light bulb from the basement of my childhood home near Charleston, WV into the state of Ohio.  Talk about first contact jitters.  I never expected to make contact with anyone outside the local neighborhood and my Elmer.  Just goes to show anything is possible when conditions are right.  HI HI.

After high school life took hold and I traveled the world thanks to Uncle Sam and the U.S. Air Force.  I tried to operate off and on but with little success.  England was a total let down since I was a General and to have the use of recipricle agreement priviledges I had to hold an Extra class license at the time.  Oh well, it was interesting to listen for three years. While stationed in South Korea, I never pursued trying to operate since I was only there 12 months.  Other overseas travels were for very short stints and popped up as and when the USAF required so there was no chance to operate from a far.

Back in the states however, I dipped my toes in and out of the hobby as life would allow.  Base and mobile stations alike but nothing even close to noteworthy.

Now some 35 plus years later and life slowing down I am once again into the hobby with both feet as they say.

Station consists of the following: Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V, AL-80B and/or SB-220 feeding an OCF Windom up 35 feet oriented north and south.  Backup rigs consist of a Kenwood TS-850SAT and TS-50.  I also can op on 144 / 440 Mhz but not much activity in the local area.

For nastaliga I have a complete "Old School" Novice set consisting of a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter, HR-10B receiver with crystal oscilliator and a HG-10B VFO with a D-104 mic fully restored.

It has been a great hobby so far and I look forward to many many years of fun and learning new things.

 

              

                          

 

God Bless and thanks for reading.

73

KA8HNS

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