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I started with amateur radio after my first license in 1974. I began CW activity on the 80m band. The transceiver was RBM-1 borrowed from my home SP7KAW club (already not exists) at the Central Radio Workshop of LOK (Liga Obrony Kraju) in Pabianice.

My very first QSO’s were made with only 1W power into the antenna. To my pleasant surprise I often received the best 599 RST reports. However, it should be noted that "inverted L" super antenna yes with a total length of 76m was a big supplement to QRP transmitter. The horizontal 60m part of this antenna was at height of 30m, between two 11-floor buildings. If you have not experienced arcing from the plug during snowstorms or heavy electrified clouds - try it.smiley

In the two years of my early activity I got QSL cards from many DX stations from Asia, with the former prefixes UA9/0, UD6, UF6, UH8 and others. My first transatlantic QSO was in 1976 with the Canadian station VO1KE. I used then the RBM-1 and 20W “amplifier” with two EL-83 tubes.

I remember very well my very first contact with the US ham, with the station AA3KWD. It was a special prefix to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution and the United States Declaration of Independence.

DX traffic was more. A nice surprise for me was the QSL received from Akihide JA3BRI. In his notes on our contact Aki wrote that his station had not powered in watts as mine, but in milliwatts. But he did not use low QRP power, he put to the GP antenna "only" 1000000 mW laughlaugh.

Nice to look at QSL’s from 5Z4NI, W6QL/6Y5, CM2GB, EP2SV, FP8AA, OX3AB, PJ9CG or VP2VDH for contacts made using just the RBM-1. New license got in 1979 permitted 160m band activity and it allowed me to use more possibilities of this old popular radio.

   

   

My greatest success achieved by using RBM-1 was 1st place in international OK-DX-Contest 1979 on 160m band.

Popular RBM-1 radio was with me till the end of 1981. I got QSL’s for contacts by RBM-1 from 32 DXCC entities on 160m and 68 entities on 80m, from five continents.

I like to receive QSL cards, but waiting for them sometimes requires a bit of patience. sad

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