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Since this is a biography, I'll try to be brief, and I hope the information here is useful in some way. I use these links for reference, and it is simply easier to direct people here to find them.
I was born and raised here in Albany, Oregon; no place else is home. I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 1982, immediately after high school, and then met my wife, Debra N7DKB, shortly after my discharge from The Marines, and we are living happily-ever-after. I am a service-connected disabled veteran and cancer survivor, now retired due to physical impairments. We have two kids, daughter Christina and son Russell N7HLO, who serves in the Oregon Army National Guard, both of whom are grown adults and living their own lives. So far, we have been blessed with two completely adorable grandchildren.
My uncle, Russell "Russ" Bobbitt WA5NRJ (SK), first introduced me to amateur radio in the late 1960s.

WA5NRJ Ham Shack, Oklahoma City, OK, Jan. 1968 - Top Shelf (L to R): Heathkit IO-12 Labratory Oscilloscope; Eico 628 Tube Tester; Heathkit IM-11 Vacuum Tube Voltmeter; Heathkit IT-11 Capacitor Checker; Heathkit IG-102 RF Signal Generator; Unknown Heathkit; Heathkit IT- 10 Transistor/Diode Checker; Heathkit DX-40 HF Transmitter. Middle Shelf (L to R): Heathkit HS-24 Speaker (on top of Unknown shortwave receiver?); Unknown shortwave receiver?; Gonset G-76 AC Power Supply (on top of G-76 transceiver); Gonset G-76 AM/CW HF/VHF Transceiver; Swan 500C Power Supply; Swan 500C HF SSB Transceiver. Bottom Shelf (L to R): Drake 2B HF/SSB/CW Receiver; Drake 2-BQ External Speaker; CDE HAM-M Antenna Rotor Control; E.F. Johnson "Viking" Invader 2000 HF AM/SSB/CW Transmitter (inside its own shelf) . Desktop (L to R): Astatic D-104 "Lollipop" Microphone w/UG Stand and Call Sign Flag; Hallicrafters HA-1 T.O. Keyer; Heathkit HD-10 Electronic Keyer; J-38 Hand Key. Stand: E.F. Johnson "Viking" Invader 2000 External Power Supply.
HUGE THANKS!! to everyone who helped to identify the equipment.
Uncle Russell learned about electronics and ham radio from self-study and building many Heathkit and other electronics projects, some of which can be seen in the photograph above. As he progressed, he became a life-long ARRL member, earning his Advanced license, R.O.W.H., R.C.C., A1OP, as well as numerous code proficiency and DX awards along his way, until he became a silent-key in 1975. He was indeed, a ham's ham.
As a youngster, I was always fascinated that he could talk to people all over the world without a telephone (...and just by building things that light-up and stringing-up wire and other cool stuff!!) and he tried to get me interested in studying for my license then, but being a kid, it quickly became boring and I lost interest. However, I was bitten by the ham radio bug and never lost the desire to earn my license. After our kids became grown adults, and life settled down some, I finally became completely ready to earn my ham license, and did so in January of 2013, mostly due to the long encouragement of my "Elmer", Byron KB7X, a blind veteran and another ham's ham, possessing the patience of a grade school teacher with infinite kindness and generocity, and without whom I probably would not be a ham operator today.
After some serious thought, and encouragement from other hams, I decided to become an accredited Volunteer Examiner; first with the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group VEC, and then with the ARRL VEC as well. I decided to become a VE, partly because my VE team went well out of their way to accommodate my backward awake/sleep schedule (at that time, I lived a mostly graveyard shift lifestyle because of my work as a private security officer) and mostly because I was simply raised to help folks as best as I'm able. Moreover, becoming a volunteer examiner is one of the very best ways to "give-back" and "pay-forward" (at the same time!) to the ham radio community, by maintaining the integrity of the license examination process and helping more people become licensed amateur radio operators, as well as VEs themselves.
My interests in ham radio include becoming acquainted with local ham operators, setting-up a simple and respectable station, "giving back" to the ham community as much as I am able, and talking to people all over the World. Although I am mostly listening, just give me a call and you will find that I like talking with people for a little while, and maybe even learn something from or about them and where they are, which I like much more than making quick contacts just for the sake of contesting or earning operating awards.
My only "45-seconds of fame" was briefly featured on Ham Nation 157 (YouTube video below) after successfully petitioning Facebook to allow ham calls as alternate names on individual profiles. It was a very humbling experience.
When I am on VHF/UHF FM, I usually monitor 146.500 MHz or 432.500 MHz for local simplex operations. I also monitor the WA7ABU 145.290 MHz repeater system because I learn more listening there, the hams are awesome, and I can reach it with minimum power. Additionally, I also monitor the W7PRA linked repeater sytem, because it covers all of western Oregon, from northern California to southern Washington and I can contact it using mostly minimum power. Many thanks to those who provide and maintain repeaters as a service to the ham community.
I can also be contacted on Echolink, which is great when there is no other means of RF transmission available at the moment. Many thanks to those stations who provide Echolink nodes as a service to the ham community.
Well, that is about all I have to say for now and I will post changes as they happen.
I hope this finds yourself and your loved ones in the best of health and happiness.
Richard NW7OR
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Station Equipment
Base: Icom IC-7100 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver; Astatic Model 77L Microphone (for ragchewing) or Model 10-DA "Silver Sidebander" Microphone (for DXing) on an original Astatic TUP9-D104SP "Black Special" Base Microphone (also an Astatic TUP9-D104SE "Silver Eagle" Base Microphone as backup)Midland WR300 AM/FM All Hazards Weather Alert Receiver; Comet GP-6 Dual-band VHF/UHF Vertical Antenna; Tram 1411 Vertical Discone Antenna; Alpha Delta Model DX-CC 10-80m HF Parallel Dipole Antenna (currently not in service); Antron 99 w/GPK CB Vertical Antenna (currently not in service).
Mobile: Icom ID-880H VHF/UHF Digital Transceiver with Astatic D104M6B Microphone; Diamond NR770HB Dual-band Antenna; Larsen 150/400/800 Commercial Receiver Antenna; Wilson 5000 CB Antenna. 
Portable: Icom IC-W2A Dual-band HTWhistler WS1080 Digital Scanning Receiver; Borg Johnson HS-912R AM/FM/SW Receiver.


Station Pictures

This is our little operating station.

I think Uncle Russell would be amazed at how much ham radio has changed over the years.

The antenna mount is about 25 ft. (7.62 m) above ground in the Arborvitae tree.
The 20 ft. (6.1 m) long mast is very secure and sways nicely with the tree in the wind.

We used chainlink fence top rail and clamps slid into a roof vent pipe.

#10 AWG power cable, with 30A overcurrent protection fuses. Safety first!!


Thank you very much for stopping by, 73!!


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