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My first DX was using a Radio Shack "Rocket" xtal radio (plastic, shaped like rocket, ferrite core tuner with antenna that moved up and down to tune AM band). So tried hearing New York City (WABC, Cousin Brucie) from Dedham, Massachusetts...did it... 1961.

Then moved in with another uncle, who had a 1930s-era Emerson DA-287 SW receiver tucked away in the basement...QSLed over 50 countries up through 1966. During this time, I met K1BRE (SK) who once handed me his D104 mic to QSO with a Mississippi ham via his Collins S-Line and a tribander beam...WOW... Also during this time, my best buddy, Luck Hurder and I hung out quite a bit (read on...).

US Navy jumped out at me, so I took up specialized electronic maintenance, where I was also exposed to fellow sailors' Morse Code training...but didn't take up the opportunity (yes: missed). But...Luck (WA4STO), as it would have it, took up Ham Radio, motivated by Red Cross comms...actually he was the one who moved me to take up my career path in the Navy, which rewarded me with both a BSEE and MSEE degree before I retired...Thanx, Luck!

Jump to 1985...my neighbor across the cul-de-sac, Ed, (N4LJZ), challenged me to take some Ham Classes at a local school...found a good Elmer (Ted, K3ULQ, SK), got a Swan 350 and 18 AVQ vertical, and took off...Certainly smoked a few finals with that rig. Then, found an IC-735 that didn't heat the ham shack so much...SSB and CW and propagation were the rage then...

Life, kids, work got in the way after about 2002....

Just getting back now in 2017 after long hiatus, and new retirement. I had just renewed contact with Luck, and he told of digital things happening, that with a few cables here, some modems there, and software, my dusty rig could have me off and running...

Got my IC-735, MFJ-1279, AT-11MP working...attic dipoles hanging in there, too...Now running WSJT-X v1.8.0 of course, plus JTAlertX, and HRD Logbook...and only 30 watts in the digital modes!!!!

Got my Digital WAS...and working DX (82 confirmed last count), of course. Found Special Events Stations cool, too (13 Colonies, Scouts Jamboree, Fire Prevention, Canada BiCentennial, for example...).

Got all my paper (1985 - 2002) log entries put in LOTW, eQSL, QRZ and HRDLog.net...whew. Also in Club Log...

FT8: Just awesome..For WAS Digital, AC7N came to my rescue. FB OM in my book. Also got early AM VK2 here for Worked All Continents..whee...I can see where it is crowded, some (just some) lack of courtesy, but still a good mode. I still hit up SSB and JT65...Thanks to the named Hams, and those I have worked, and am about to...an honorable hobby...and most appreciation to my XYL of 48 years (her patience with me is inestimable...).

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N4LKB
Latest Contacts for N4LKB at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K0AS 2018-01-21 40m FT8 DN84di United States ARNE R SJOMELING, JR
VE5TLW 2018-01-21 40m FT8 DO70qj Canada Terry Lambert White
W5VMA 2018-01-21 40m FT8 EM42ui United States KENNETH W BANKSTON
KI7RUF 2018-01-21 40m FT8 DN43AO52 United States Joseph D Ross
KT4EP 2018-01-20 40m FT8 EM55cf United States DEWEY K BARTON
N5JJH 2018-01-20 40m FT8 EM32um United States JESSE J HEAROLD
K9MDI 2018-01-20 40m FT8 EM12rv67 United States Mark A Wells
WW5OJ 2018-01-20 40m FT8 EM52ks United States Oliver E Jolly, Jr
KG5GJT 2018-01-20 15m FT8 EL49WX36 United States Brian D Karcher
K5TDA 2018-01-20 15m FT8 DM80bn United States TERRY D ALLISON
XE2FGC 2018-01-20 15m FT8 DL92ag Mexico J Fidel Garibay Chavez
K4VBM 2018-01-20 15m FT8 EM73vx United States ROBERT G HENSEY, JR
KP4EJ 2018-01-20 15m FT8 FK67ux Puerto Rico CARLOS RIOS
KP4EJ 2018-01-20 15m FT8 FK67ux Puerto Rico CARLOS RIOS
W4RYZ 2018-01-20 15m FT8 EM70ed United States PANAMA CITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC

Book Totals: 2899 qso's   1505 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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United States Award#3635
Granted: 2017-11-07 23:54:01   (N4LKB)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#18269
Granted: 2017-09-11 11:48:02   (N4LKB)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#6806
Granted: 2017-06-28 11:28:02   (N4LKB)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#16372
Granted: 2017-06-27 21:46:02   (N4LKB)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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