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Hello all! 

EDIT OCT2017-Added the new qth and shack photos.

I got started/interested in radio at a young age. My dad, WD8ORY, would throw a wire into a tree when I was a kid and my buddy Jim (WA5C) and I would just listen around the bands on the same Kenwood TS-520 shown in the photos. It was amazing to both of us to hear what was actually all around us all the time. We would also listen in to shortwave broadcasts whether we knew what language it was or not! As my buddy Jim said, "there's something magical to the radio waves"

When I came up though Boy Scouts, I did make Eagle, I of course was interested in the radio and would attend all the Jamboree's. Even though my dad would setup a wire to listen, we never really got it setup to TX, when I heard and communicated with a station from Germany on a wire in a tree I was completely blown away! Even still, I never received my first ticket, KC8PRK until quite some time later. I, honestly didn't do much with it. Life happened, college (Western Mich. Aviation), marriage, boats, airplanes, cars etc took so much of my time, and more importantly money, that my ticket expired! (Please don't judge!)

Fast forward to 2015. I'm a MAJOR weather nerd! So my buddy Jim and I took a Skywarn class and that jumpstarted my interest back into amateur radio. I studied material and listened again to the airwaves and was hooked. Took both my tests to receive my General. I then learned about satellite communications and was really fascinated by that aspect of radio. My first contact was at about 5:30am on my newly acquired Yaesu VX-8DR and the rubber ducky! As they say, it was all downhill from there! 

I decided to resurrect my dads Kenwood. Studied some more and learned how to make my own dipole, balun etc. The photos of the antenna are my very first attempt at any antenna whatsoever! I was pretty amazed that it worked! 

The Kenwood has a bug that I've yet to totally figure out-no TX power. 

I'm really interested in making those long quick DX QSO's when the bands do open with nothing more than "100 on a wire"---er a Mosley now.

Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks for "listening" to my rambling! 

73

God Bless you, the country and our troops.

Ryan

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