It seems almost a mystery to me how I became an amateur radio operator (ham radio operator). My parents were old-fashioned farm folks, both born before the turn of the century (in the 1800s). They had no knowledge of electronics or radio, so I was on my own. I had always liked mechanical gadgets and began reading the magazine Mechanics Illustrated at about age 12. The magazine had interesting articles about how you could receive radio signals with a simple device that required no power. Just a tuning coil, crystal detector, earphones and a wire antenna. I managed to get the parts and build one and it worked like magic!
A Few Highlights
-Major DX Operation to Bangladesh in 1993 as Team member. Made 25,000 radio contacts
-Casual DX operation in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, China, Guyana, Dominica, Trinidad, Grenada, and Puerto Rico
-During the past 40 years I have developed one of the largest and most significant historical microcomputer collections in the world.
-During the 70s and early 80s I was part of a team that created over seventy books on the subject of computers and electronics-starting as Bugbooks and becoming the “Blacksburg Continuing Education Series”
In the early days (50s/60s) I enjoyed building ham equipment. My first kit was a Heathkit AT-1 Transmitter (25 Watts CW). In 1964 I built from scratch a 1 KW SSB mobile linier Amplifier using UA572 tubes; great signal. I still have this rig today.
It has been an insanely great six decades and I look forward to about 25 more years. That would make me an old timer.-Dave KK4WW (First as W7VZW in
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