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I became interested in short wave listening when I was ten years old.  My uncle lent me a Hallicrafters SB-33 which he brought back from Korea.  After a short time, I began listening to ham radio QSO’s on 75, 40 and 20 meters with a 60’ longwire antenna.

In 1968 I found an Elmer and took my novice test from him in April.  My novice license arrived in the mail in May by which time I had built a simple one tube transmitter on a small piece of plywood and purchased a used National 303 receiver from money I had made cutting neighbors lawns.  Over the summer I made many CW contacts.  I joined the South Eastern Amateur Radio Club and operated my first Field Day.  The contest bug bit me!

Later in 1968 I went to the FCC office in Detroit, Michigan to sit for my General Class license.  I passed and was soon on the air as WB8BAU.  My next purchase was a HT-32B transmitter.  I started operating SSB and chasing DX on 80 through 10 meters.

Over the succeeding years I obtained my Advanced Class license and operated as much as I could.   Going to Michigan State University, starting my career, getting married and having children put a temporary damper on my operating activity.  In 2000 I passed my Extra Class license exam and began building a station again.  I also changed my callsign to N8HO.

Over the years my wife, Cindy, and I have moved several times due to my career in food service.  I worked for the same company, albeit different names, Saga, Marriott International and Sodexo for 37 years.  I am now retired and have more time to enjoy my hobbies and grandchildren.

My station now consists of a Yaesu FTdx3000, Ameritron AL-82 amplifier, Force 12 C-3 beam and a 40 Meter Delta Loop 40' at the apex.  I operate 2 meters with a HT, mostly as a Storm Watcher and assisting with public events.

Other hobbies include go-kart racing, fishing, target shooting, wood working along with a few more.  I always look forward to having something to do.  My grandchildren enjoy helping me with all of my hobbies.  I have even had our five-year-old on the air!  The other grandchildren range in age from 1 – 4 years old.

I began using LOTW a few years ago and use it for most QSL purposes.  If you want a QSL card, just send me a S.A.S.E. along with some postage.


                M11 9mm - Full Auto                                                                            Force 12 C3 & 40 Meter Delta Loop


  23" Largemouth Bass caught at friends pond                                                                 125 Shifter Kart race



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