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Please be advised ... I am NOT able to do paper QSLs at this time. I'm sorry i did not post this earlier, but I just cant afford the pinting and the postage. I'm faithful about lotw and eQSL and use QRZ for logging. I appologize to those who have sent cards and not gotten any return. KE8KW

 

 

Hello... name is Ken.. call is KE8KW.. novice call was KA8WGG and I think I got that in 1986... not real sure on that... All that happened while I was living in my home state of Michigan. Since then, I've transplanted to New Hampshire in the White Mountain region just south of Mount Washington (home of the highest wind speed record recorded on the planet - 231 mph) Currently semi retired.. worked 19 years for a rather well known boot maker specializing in hiking boots. After 19 years of sniffing glue and wrestling with and banging on stuff.. I decided to hang up my apron. Now I work for a related company that sells a factory made version of the legendary Custom models which I worked with doing repairs. 

I got interested in Amateur Radio after realizing CB was a dead end road of a bunch of sh*t heads (for the most part). I took a novice class at Lowell High School in Lowell Michigan and passed the test without even knowing it.. Our instructor had this thing of doing little snap quizes after about the half way point of the class.. The first thing he did was teach us Morse Code and we did that pretty intensly for the fist 2 weeks.. another couple weeks of 'theory' and then came the first snap quiz.. everyone passed the quiz with flying colors.. that repeated the next week.. then on the 3rd week, he snap quizzed us along with a run of code practice.. little did we know, but he was administering us our novice exam! We all passed with flying colors. 

After that.. I got very good at annoying my landlord and his wife with RFI into everything they owned.. we comprimised and I restricted my operation time to their sleep and away times. Then... I moved to Lake Odessa MI and took up residence with N8KDF, Paul Rock and operated what we refered to as the Ham Death Star.. had an IC-765 (the rig of the day) TH6DX at 110 feet with a Kenwood 922 amp.. that thing rocked.. still looking for one to buy. After moving from there, I forgot about ham radio for a couple decades.. played a little bit when I first moved to NH, but my antenna fell in a windstorm and pissed my landlord off when the lawn crew got tangled up in it.. that was the end of that... My radio then an IC 735 eventually decided to stop operating all together. In late 2015, a customer of mine called me at work and asked if I was going to be there the next day.. I said I was, but leaving on vacation the day after that.. he came in the shop carrying a rather large box with the word Kenwood on the side of it.. he gave me a Kenwood TS-440at and reinspired me to get back on the air. Another ham friend from work hearing this story decided to loan me and Alpha vertical.. I hooked that on the hand rail of my balcony and immediately worked Crete! What fun.. campaigned for a dipole and got that up.. works like crap.. put up a 135' longwire with a 9;1 unun and currently work the world on JT65 mostly... I call JT65 the 'crack' of ham radio.. totally adicting. 

A fatal mistake for me was making a trip to Salem NH to visit the folks at HRO... had not looked at what was going on in the radio business for 20 years or so.. saw this little box that said IC-7300 on it.. had this really cool display on it.. the saled guy sez.. touch it.. I did.. he sez 'no.. the panadapter'.. hell.. I didn't know what he was talking about.. he reaches out and touched the strongest signal showing on the display at the time and it tuned us right to it.. I was done.. went home and said to a friend.. I'm gonna have one of those radios someday... 3 weeks later.. I had it.. then 2 weeks later, Icom dropped the price 200 buks.. I was not happy about that.. but they could care less.. they still make the best damn radio gear available as far as I'm concerned.. (however.. Flex sure had my eye). Anyway... that's where I am for now.. 

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