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My interest in amateur radio began in the 1960's when I started taking the Heathkit Basic Radio course, which included kits like this EK-2. Dad taught me how to solder, we put it together and it worked! Yahoo!                                                                                            



   With a copper wire antenna, I was able to hear stations from around the world- Radio Moscow, Radio Prague, The BBC, HCJB, Trans World Radio,  just to name a few. I received a "Shortwave Monitor" certificate from Popular Electronics with a pretend callsign- WPE4JEO- after proving that I had an active interest in the hobby.


    My next radio was a huge gray multi-band receiver that Dad got me. To this day, I've never seen one like it.  I still remember how the tubes glowed. Wow, did it put out some heat!  It was with that radio that I first started listening to ham radio operators.

  I began collecting QSL cards, and expanded my interest to include U.S. AM stations, especially the 50,000 watt clear channel ones.

   Fast forward to 2014. I found out that Morse Code was no longer required. Got my Technician ticket in June; General in August, and Extra after that. What a blast! Ham radio is so much fun!

   Hope to QSO with you sometime.

God bless you and 73,         


KB4BC    (previous callsign KM4CRY)



10/7/2014 --- Silent key? Me?                                      

   Today my urologist said the words no man wants to hear-- "Prostate cancer."  Ten out of twelve biopsy samples had were positive. My PSA was 26.4.  I was classified as an "8" on a scale of 1 to 10. My wife and I just sat there in disbelief. It just couldn't be true. We expected to hear that the results were negative. Boy, were we wrong.

   I had no symptoms; I didn't even feel sick. Heck, for 62, I felt pretty doggone good for an old guy. That's one of the insidious things about cancer. You can have it and not even know it. Had it not been for a routine blood test by my family physician, I'd still be walking around, completely oblivious to the danger lurking inside.

   My doctor told me that if a few more months had gone by, I might have become a SK. That's pretty serious and sobering.

   This has nothing to do with ham radio, but I have to shout out a warning to hams everywhere- and to any man who will listen - if you have never had your PSA level checked, get it done now. Call your doctor today and make thàt appointment. It could save your life. Really!


1/17/17--- GREAT NEWS!

    Today the doctor told me that my PSA has dropped to 0.00 and that I'm cancer free!  

    I praise God and give Him ALL the glory for healing me. It's a miracle!  Only by His grace and strength could I have made it through this valley. God is so good! 

    Thank you Susan, my beloved wife, for being there for me every moment. You are such a blessing to me, sweetheart!

    "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies." -Psalm 103




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