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KN3PAT is the first ham call that I was issued about 55 years ago (1959 maybe?), when I was around 13 years old.  It's been so long ago I can't remember!  I noticed that it was available some time ago and applied for it as a vanity call!

I started out as a novice, a ticket that was only good for 1 year!  Non renewable at that time!  It was an exciting!  Heathkit was the way to go for me-Loved building things. I had various long wires strong all over our yard, in Frankford, Philadelphia! Started out with a Heath AR-3 receiver (hardly what could be called a receiver), then an Hallicrafters SX-101, SX-110 and an SX-115. The transmitters included a Heath DX-20, DX-40,  and finally the big one a DX-100! I think they call it the “100” because it weighed close to 100 pounds! There were various transmitters also-a Globe Scout, some kind of National, and a great Hallicrafters HT-32B-my favorite.

After the novice I moved up to the technician class.  That lasted a few years.  My father got interested, and got his ticket, as K3ROX.  We both worked 6 meters!  What a blast!  The "skip" was phenomenal!  I worked all 48 of the lower states!

The 6 meter rig consisted of a Clegg Zeus-AM only!  The receiver was an RME-126 converter, running into the SX-115.  The antenna was a stacked pair of 8 over 8's (8 elements each), about 70 feet high.  The TVI was terrible! I had been reported for TVI from Vineland, NJ some 25 miles away! The complaints to the FCC were endless.  The teams of voluntary inspectors made many visits to our house, and we always received a clean bill of health.  I limited operation to late nights, and early AM.  We purchased filters for all of the neighbors, and finally got the problem under control!

After the novice call expired the "N" was dropped.  During the intervening years I held various calls, they were, KN3PAT, K3PAT, W7KOB, N7DWP,  N7OTS,  KN3PAT, again.  The N7OTS was a great call for CW work!

The old boat anchors are great-and I sure enjoy the pleasure of todays "automated" equiptment!  No more dip and load, dip and load!!  I have an Hallicrafters SX-115 my Dad gave me, and it still works great!  He also gave me a HT-32B, but it gave out years ago, and I donated it to a collector.  I did not have the resources to fix it.  Recently, (June 2017) I saw a HT-32B for sale!  It looked great, and it is!  I have had it on the air now for a week or so.  I am using the SX-115 receiver along with it!  It amazes me that this equiptment from the '60's works, and works well!  It's a difference of night and day, when I go and use my IC-7600!  The 7600 does not supply the thrills and excitment that the old Hallicrafters does!

Other interests my wife Sharon and I share are our love of Corvetts and our family cats.

We show the 2015,  Z-51 Stingray pictured above.  We are also rebuilding a 1972 Stingray.  It is the LS-5, big block 454 vert with two tops.  The car has about 55K miles on it, numbers match, and both a hard top and convertable. (I'll get pictures posted soon) 

 I still keep a paper log!  Old habits did hard, plus I don't think it can be hacked!

73's and thanks for looking!







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