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(QSL Policy at bottom)

I have radio in my blood.

As far back as I can remember I've been fascinated with all things radio, communications electronics
and electronics in general and of course computers. I DXed the broadcast band in bed with transistor radios
as a small child. When we travelled I would go out to the car and play with the car radio while my parents
bowled or shopped or whatever. I figured out how to get the radio on without the key in '60s Fords. In my
dads '66 merc I could turn on the hazard light, hit the turn signal and step on the brake and the ACC circuit
including the radio would power up without the key.

I'm sure I would have become a ham regardless of any paths that life took, I was always drawn to radio.

But here's how it went...
 
At around 12 I got a multi band radio that included VHF. Around age 13 I got one of those breadboard
kits where you could build just about any simple radio or electronics circuit. Then I got a larger multiband
radio with complete LF-HF coverage (AM only). I SWLed and could also listen to the AMers on 80 meters.
I learned to use the local oscillator harmonic from a tore apart radio to inject a BFO signal into the shortwave
radio in order to listen to SSB. I read up on ham radio at the library. I joined the local ham radio club. A local
ham who was a WWII veteran gave me the actual radio taken from the B-29 bomber he served in (a BC348Q)
during the war. This was a high grade, stable and accurate radio I could spin the knob up and down throughout
the HF bands and hear it all. At 16 I traded a guitar for a radio shack DX150. At 17 I bought a FT-101 and I've had
an HF rig as a bedside radio ever since then.
 
HF rigs I've owned from new in order:
Yaesu FT101, loved it.
Icom 751, really really loved this one and literally drove it into the ground, I got so much use out of it.
Yaesu FT747, great beginners radio, sold it right away.
Kenwood TS440SAT, didn't like it as it didn't have near the horse power of my older 751 but it was a
nice radio to operate with great audio.
Japan Radio JST 135, like an Icom on steroids, super high grade receiver.
Icom 736, good radio but no advancement from older radios.
Icom 756, loved it, first of the new generation of incrementally advancing radios each better than the last.
756Pro, finally I have my tunable DSP filters.
756Pro3 same radio only much higher grade.
7700 same radio again only mil spec in a bigger case.
Yaesu FTDX5000mp current state of the art!
I also have a couple of 781s I've bought as a collector I intend to restore some day.
I wish I had bought one when they were new in 1990.

 

I now have the time to devote to QSLing, awards, and contesting so I'm going to make up for lost time.
If you send me a card I'll reply by the same method, Buro or Direct.
You don't need to send SASEs, stamps, IRCs or cash under any circumstances (presently). At some point
I may do DXpeditions, islands, grid hopping and what have you but any QSL info for such events will be posted here.
If you think you sent me a card at anytime in the past and didn't get a reply then simply email me with the QSO
details and I'll get a card off to you pronto, providing you are in the log.

Thanks

VA3HP@linearlinks.com

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