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As a teenager in the early sixties growing up in Queens NY, I became interested in Ham Radio largely due to my mentor Steve. He lived in my apartment building; I met him by following his dipole coax feedline to his apartment. Steve was married and in his early 30s. He held a General class license (call sign long forgotten) and had served as Radioman in the US Navy. Steve owned a Heathkit DX60 and operated CW exclusively using a vibroplex bug.

As an SWL and an electronic hobbyist I was pretty handy with a soldering iron, Steve on the other hand was not. I wound up building several Heathkit accessories for his rig including a VFO.

I never had the interest or the disciple to learn code so I never got my license. After graduating High School I joined the Navy and lost track of Steve.

Fast forward 50 years, a few years after retiring from a 35 year career as a communications engineer I  purchased an inexpensive Chinese HT and a long dead spark was magically rekindled. On Jan 2, 2016 I passed my Technician exam, 9 days later I was an Extra class.

I jumped into to the hobby with both feet and quickly acquired an ID-5100a, 2m/70cm D-Star radio for the shack and installed a diamond X50 antenna in my attic as I live in a deed restricted community. Next step was to install a 2m/70cm radio in the car. But I still had not quenched my desire to operate on HF that started as a teenager. In Feb 2016 at Hamcation I purchased a used IC-7600 HF rig; I then built a 66ft OCF dipole (loads up 80-6M using the internal tuner) that I installed in my attic and began my long awaited HF journey.

My current complement of HF equipment includes:

ICOM IC-7600

ICOM IC-7100 mobile

ACOM 1000

Palstar HF-Auto Tuner

Heil PR-781

58 ft long inverted “L” wire 30 ft high

66 ft attic mounted OCF dipole

 

Currently I am the VP of the Upper Pinellas Amateur Radio Club, a ARRL and Laurel VE and a member of ACS/ARES and CERT. I enjoy mentoring and helping new and not so new Hams get on the air.

73,

Alan

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