Greetings from Mike, W4UOO in Brandon, FL just east of Tampa FL.
...I grew up in Tampa Bay (Bradenton), Have been a licensed Amateur Radio operator since the USF Radio & Electronics Club met in the Original Engineering building at USF where I made my first Satellite contact, on AO-13 to a station in Italy (I sure wish I had a log to know who that contact was...). First licensed in 2002, where I took the test at the old Tampa Red Cross building on Howard Avenue near Ft. Homer W. Hesterly / 53rd Separate Infantry Brigade National Guard Armory.
So many facets to Amateur Radio, operate AM, and occasionally some DX, and have worked Satellites since first licensed on AO-10 AO-13 and RS-10/11 RS-12/13 RS-15 early on, later enjoying AO-40 and AO-07, VO-52, SO-50, FO-29, AO-73. Long live the linear satellites, its awesome when tuning up and down the passband and it sounds like 20M.
The People are what make Amateur Radio great to me...
KA4WNZ Art - A Fellow National Guardsman invited me to W4DUG when the Tampa Amateur Radio Club (TARC) met on Davis Islands. I loved when W4DUG Tampa Amateur Radio Club met on that great waterfront location, boy was that a great way to visit for an eyeball QSO on Saturday Mornings. Different from the great tower farm and terrific collection of current stations that TARC has today which is great, but where else would you find the former Airport Beacon Tower from Peter O. Knight Airport be used as the support for a tribander at W4DUG. Its now the USCG station / ball fields on Davis Islands. Time marches on.
This is one of the W4DUG QSL Cards:
I've had My Great Uncle Ken Wise Callsign since ~2004 (Ken first held the Callsign W4UOO, Ken was a WWII B-52 pilot, trained at Pinellas Field / Pensacola, prior to flying in the european theater, returned home, obtained his degree in EE at Purdue, always wanting to improve conditions for pilots during his career at our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Ken served on the ATCRBS development team, which continues to be our Air Traffic Control System. (You can now find documents authored then online, amazing) Ken first introduced me to Amateur Radio. Ken gave me his Hallicrafters SX-43 that he purchased new in 1956 which I am very happy to have for many years, which this SX-43 is the foundation for my AM Station.
I'm honored to carry on the Legacy of Ken's SX-43:
Here's Ken's SX-43 today:
Warren Elly W1GUD was a fellow ham who always took the time to invest in Me... I first met Warren shortly after I was licensed when I bought a Kenwood TR-751A with an Amplifier from Warren (on the old 146.94 traders net) to enjoy VHF Weak Signal Work, where I often found Warren on 2M SSB with Julio, then WB4OOJ now W4HY enjoying some weak signal work. I'll never forget working XE2OR across the Gulf of Mexico on 2M SSB, great times. Once I decided to put together a vintage station with the SX-43 as the foundation, Warren Elly, W1GUD introduced me to the Floriday AM Group (what a great group of AM'ers), and helped me obtain a Heath DX-60 to get the AM Station on the air, which I paired with an SB221, and we fabricated an 80M folded dipole to really get going on AM, and later Warren helped me obtain a second receiver, an SX-28. Given the love of the real radios that glow in the dark, it is still unbelieveable to me that I have this BC-610I, keeping alive the AM (Angel Music)
I'm Honored to carry on the legacy of Warren's BC-610:
Here's Warren's BC-610I Today: (with a 160M coil I'm working on)
I've got the priviledge to have two towers up at my QTH, plus some poles, for lots of aluminum up in the sky.
Here's the Moseley S-33 40/20/17M antenna at 70':
M2 Satellite Antennas on a Yaesu G5400B Az/El rotor @ 30'. I'm using an Arduino based Rotor Controller to interface SatPC32 to the G5400B Control box:
Moseley TA-53M 3 Elements on 10/15/20 and rotatable Dipole on 12/17M. (I Primarily use this antenna for 10/12/15M)
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