Hello, welcome to my QRZ page and to my journey as a newly minted Ham :-)
My father (the original W3KKO) was an Extra class ham in Philly for nearly 60 years, originally getting his "ticket" in 1946 after serving as a radioman in WW-II (US Army - South Pacific, Australia, Phillipines through to Tokyo). I still have all his licenses :) His hobby was fun to be around, and I found later in life that I actually I learned quite a bit just by sitting with him at times. As an electrical engineer at Philco and then Ford, he home brewed some of his equipment and antennas from scratch, and NOT from kits, and worked more far more countries than he ever documented. Pictures of his shack from around 1988 are below. His pride and joy was a home brew 1-watt rig (silver unit on upper right side of main radio rack) he used to work over 50 countries, as well as a hand-held dry cell battery powered handi talkie that was featured in QST back in the 60's. He was QRP before QRP was cool :) The articles are available through QST archives. I just wish we still had the radios!
Since dad's passing in '05, my interest in ham radio has grown, especially in the last few years. Many thanks to Randy, W1RTF, friend and former co-worker who passed along a Radio Shack HTX-420 with the deal that it was free if I passed my test, which I did in Feb 2016 with KC3GOF as my initial call sign. I deeply regret not getting licensed earlier in life so dad could experience one of us kids actually being involved, and I missed the chance to learn so much more from him. I think he would've been proud, although he believed the change to no-code licenses was utter BS and an insult to the craft :) So I'll be learning some code, although second languages are tough for me. In my dad's honor I requested and received his call of W3KKO, and am happy and honored to carry on the Ham tradition in his stead.....although I have no idea how he was able to do what he could do so effortlessly. I am FAR less technically capable than he was! Having upgraded to a General class license, I now work the following:
Yaseu FT-857D w/LDG YT100 tuner, Yaesu FT-840 w/LDG Z-11Pro II tuner, MyAntennas 80m end fed halfwave; Radiowavz 80m OCFD; Radio Shack HTX-420 HT. Also recently acquired a Yaesu FT-101ZD Mk3, and am learning how to be a real radio operator :-)
Additional huge thanks go out to the Tryon Amateur Radio Club / K2JJI repeater group in upstate NY for their guidance and support during my short time up their way. Through their assistance, I passed both tests and became familiar with ARES/RACES, Field Day and SkyWarn. Great group of folks! I will look for ARES/RACES nets and try to be involved wherever I go in life. Thank goodness for Echo Link :)
Thank you for visiting my QRZ page....and to all those who have served in the military, law enforcement, public safety, emergency services or other public service, a huge THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice, for keeping us safe in the US or in your home country, and enabling those of us fortunate enough to live in freedom to experience Ham radio, and life in general, freely!!!
Below is my late father's shack, circa 1988+/- :-) He was active on 2m (Kenwood 7400A + Ringo), HF 160m-6m (Home brew radios, Yaesu FT-101Z, Elmac 67A, National 200 and others, Cushcraft tri-bander 3-element beam and 6m 5-element beam, and dipoles), Collins receiver, SSTV (through the Commodore computers), and others I can't remember. He also fixed and converted my broken EF Johnson SSB CB mobile to a 10m rig, and even made his own computer based CW keyer/reader as well! In the pic, I built the Neal Armstrong model around age 10. Unfortunately he gave away most of his gear in the years before he passed, but I found a well loved FT-101ZD MKIII for my shack :-)
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