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I started out in radio with an interest in old shortwave radios back in the early 60's. I enjoyed listening to the East side boys on 160 meters. Everyone was "rock bound" on 1806 kilocycles AM and on Friday nights the SEMARA net would come on and the strong signals of K8DUG, K8EVG, W8QNK, W8IWG, W8OHS and others would close the green 6E5 tuning eye tube to indicate signal strength and of course, being tuned on frequency.  

Much has happened since those days. God has blessed me with 45years of marriage to my lovely bride, Mary and 2 great "harmonics" now 22 and 29 years old.  After 11 years at Bendix Industrial Controls Division, I moved on to 35 years at General Motors in skilled trades as an electrician doing everything from dynamometer calibration and maintenance at Detroit Diesel Allison Div to Modicon programmable controller repair at Hydramatic (or Powertrain-Warren as it is now known.)  It was time to retire after the GM and Chrysler  bankruptcies and offer to skilled trades of a comfortable buy-out.

Now its time for a new meager station.  I finally picked up a new Icom 2820H for 2m and 440 mHz FM and D-STAR. Having a blast working Scotland, Wales and England with relaxing long QSO's on Reflector 6A via the K8DXA repeater in Auburn Hills, MI.  In 2013 I purchased a new Yaesu FT dx3000 for 160 thru 6 meters, all modes.  For Christmas, 2015 my family generously bought me a Yaesu FT1D fusion handie-talkie. What a radio!  Besides analog on 2 meters and 440 mHz, it transmits C4FM, receives and sends APRS (1200 baud) on 144.390 mHz for terrestrial stations and 145.825 mHz for extraterrestrial stations. GPS is built- in and it can take a 32 GB micro SD card for storing data and photos received or to be sent over C4FM from your computer or the optional camera/microphone. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to work you (again?) either on the traditional bands and modes or on the exploding digital modes.

                                                                                                      73's and 88's,


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