I'm a Recovering CW Addict!
I was first licensed in 1961. I moved to Long Beach in 1971 where I was very active until I married in 1998. I retired from Xerox Corp, where I was an electronics and software engineer, in 2003 and moved to my present QTH in Fallbrook, California in 2005. I've been off the air over 15 years and I just started setting up my station again. The photo is my station as it is in January of 2014. Right now I am only operational on HF 80 - 10 meters. I use an ICOM IC-761 transceiver and a Heath SB-220 linear. The antenna is an R8 vertical about 20' above ground. I operate CW over 90%. I used to be reasonably good at it, but after 15 years, I find my ability to copy has been greatly reduced, so bear with me while I recover!!
While living in Long Beach, CA, I became very active in VHF and UHF. The rack in the photo contains a 2mtr amplifier, a 222 amplifier, a 432 amplifier, and a 1296 transverter and amplifier. I worked up and down the coast of California, Phoenix, Arizona, and contests. I even made a few EME contacts. Below is a photo of the antenna farm I used at this station.
On April 7th of 1991, I became the very first station to send live TV signals up to the space shuttle where astranaut Ken Cameron watched them on a small portable TV. You can read more about this adventure in the July 1991 issue of QST in the article "Amateur TV, SAREX and 'Real Television'." It was quite an adventure and was only possible because of some very hard work by many people and some luck on my part in getting involved in the project. The following photo is a screen capture of me talking to Ken Cameron from my living room at my home.
The next photo is one of my ham shack at the time. The 432 amplifier was used to send a 600 watt video signal to the shuttle.
I'm still looking for all of the wires used to connect everything! They are packed away somewhere.
I've decided that since this area is not very good for UHF & VHF that I may work towards setting up some EME equipment instead in the future. In the mean time, I intend to put up a tower with a nice HF beam. I will also see if I can put together a new ATV station transmitting on 2.4 GHz as an uplink to the ATN repeater on Santiago Peak.
If we go back further in time, the picture above is me with the members of the Cerritos College Ham Club, WA6VSI, in 1967. I'm the tall one in the back behind the beautiful YL. I was much younger then!!
So 73 and I hope you enjoyed this little tour of mine.
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