As a 12 year old, in the early 1970's, my family was visiting Lloyd Sherman W3CDY (sk). During our visit, Lloyd showed us his radio. I had already been listening to hams (75 meter AM) on my Dad's portable shortwave radio. I ask Lloyd some questions, and he explained how I could become a ham. With my parents support, Lloyd as my Elmer, a 33 rpm LP record for morse code practice, and the ARRL study guides, on May 1,1973 I was issued WN3UUM.
My home QTH at that time was near Berlin, MD. My early interests were ragchewing, handling traffic, and working DX. A Heathkit DX60B and HR10B was my first setup. Antennas were wire dipoles. The dipoles made from an old spool of electric fence wire. Mom claimed that a sparrow could not fly through the back yard without getting hung! The first rig upgrade was to a SBE SB-36. Someone gave me a 10 meter homebrewed vetical, and I discovered how much fun you can have on 10 meters. My high school buddy, Eric WA3UYB (WG3J) and I would hang out there in the evenings, ragchewing and catching Es openings.
Since 1982, I have been living in the Houston, Texas area. Presently I am QRV on 160m through 144 MHz.
The above picture was taken in 2013. Since that time some changes have been made. The 2/222/432/1296 yagis have been removed from the large tower. At present this tower only supports wire antennas. The 2 meter eme array is out of service for a rebuild. A 12/17 meter dual band yagi has been installed under the 20/15/10 monoband yagis.
Recently my radio interests have been in operating on mostly 50 MHz. I enjoy chasing new grids, and countries on 6 meters. If you wish to try a 6 meter eme QSO, please contact me. I have worked many stations that were only running a single 6 meter yagi (no elevation) and a few hundred watts.
Though I do LOTW, if you need a QSL from W3UUM/P/M, or from a contest, please QSL via mail. My portable and contest logs are still in paper form only. Do not worry about an SASE. Send me a card and I will be happy to QSL in return.
73 Best DX,
Here are a couple of videos that I was involved with:
A video of tramming up a 3 ele SteppIR : https://vimeo.com/4821406
Upland hunting with my good friend W5HNK and his wife Lynn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrIPYPWboOE
My son Trevor and I quail hunting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrLCQmUYgsk
My 6 meter EME project:
After several years of gathering parts, and many blessings, this September 2013, I was able to complete my 6 meter EME project. However I must say, that I had many ham friends, (and a couple of non-ham friends), that had a part in this project. Without them this project would had stayed as nothing more than dream. Some friends were directly involved. A few others in-directly, by motivating me to become active on 50 MHz, to learn the different types propagation, answering my many questions, and nudging me to go bit further.
Just a few that I would like to mention : Joe, W5HNK (one of the team of 4, who completed the first 6 meter EME QSO, in 1972, see: http://www.rcallen.com/eme50.htm ), Ed N5DG, Lance W7GJ, Calvin KR5E, Stan WB5ZMY, Jim W5ASW, Jason KB5URQ, Lee KZ4RR and the Midwest 6 Meter DX Group (see: http://www.qrz.com/db/K8MMM), to name just a few. Thanks to Phillip and his son Keith, for designing and building the heavy duty gin pole, and the boom/mast clamp. Of course, thanks to a host of hams that provided thoughts, and ideas during our QSOs through the years.
A speical thanks to a few SKs. I miss them now, and will always do so: Lloyd W3CDY, John W5UWB, and Bud W5HBO.
I cannot thank each of you enough!
73 and Best DX,
Now from the lighter side ......
.. You heard it first hear! In an upcoming article in the Texas Journal of Medicine, I will be publishing my findings of the discovery of an unheard of disease ....
The human subjects that seem most infected, appears to be within the group of hobbyists known as "Amateur Radio Operators". For many years, I have imbedded myself within this group to observe the infected subjects in their native environment, and report their unusual behavior. Only though the strictest control of my mental faculties have I restrained myself from becoming infected.
This radiation infects the host body with a buildup of particles that will encase the portion of the brain that controls the human’s "normal" behavioral actions to external stimuli. These particles cannot be flushed or removed from the body. The level of particles is cumulative. The only path to normalization is to remove the subject from these electromagnetic waves. One test subject that I have observed removed himself from these electromagnetic waves and seems to have recovered more quickly that other patients. This subject associated themselves with the growing of flowers. I believe that further investigation may show that pollen can somehow reduce the effects of this disease. (Update: I will note that this test subject has recently showed a degenerative return to his past level of "Decrepitis-L-solaris-maximus". Recently he has contacted me with the desire of repairing his aerial device and returning to operating on the 6 meter band. This may indicated that the disease has somehow mutated itself to cancel the effects of the flower's pollen. I will continue to observe this test subject, and report my observations to the Journal at a later date).
(Update: Alas, I am sadden to report that the test subject has regressed back to his former degenerative mental state. Recent purchases of a motor and device that will control the rotation of the motor has been purchased. This "motor" will rotate a new radiating mass of aluminumn tubing (called an aerial) that has also recently been purchased. He was observed, at his place of employment, testing this motor to verify it's operation. This was done during business hours! Yes he has regressed to his former state of mental illness)
As the time of exposure to this radiation increases, the subject will show more advanced symptoms. These may include any of the following: They will erect larger radiating aerials. They will spend thousands of dollars to purchase devices (amplifiers) to increase their output strength of their signal. At this point, if intervention is not started immediately to purge this poor subject of these particles, the subjected host will transform into a sad state of human babbling goo. The subject will start talking about "openings". Openings are times when the 6 meter band "opens" up, and these poor infected souls can communicate with other amateur radio operators who are also infected. Later stages of the disease finds these "hams" talking about sun spots, solar indexes, Bz levels, proton storms, take-off angles, rotating towers, E-skip, double-hop E-skip, TEP, Ion-scatter, etc. The list is endless and will become unintelligible to a "normal" human.
Special comment needs to be noted pertaining to a especially degenerative inter-group of amateur radio operators who operate their radios during a “contest”. You may find the following description highly unpleasant. This activity (contest) places like infected individuals into a bracketed time frame to communicate with as many like infected amateur radio operators as possible. These “contesters” as the are known, will stay seated at their radios for hours, and in some cases with the sickest individuals, in excess of 24 hours. They will ignore their families, and bodily functions while calling “CQ Contest from Echo Lima Two Nine” hour after hour. There are reports of these individuals climbing up the steel structures in the middle of the night to make repairs to their aerials. A dire warning to those of you who have luckily never incountered a "contester". DO NOT ever, ever disturb a contester while they are using their radios during one of these events. Emergency medical intervention may be needed for yourself and the amateur radio operator.
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