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QSL: SILENT KEY-12/17/2010

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IN MEMORIAM

Ed "CHOP" Brooks passed away on 12/17/2010.  He was a long time member of QRZ.COM and an active participant and voice for amateur radio.  He will be missed.

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Glad summer is here!! !

It's just about all gone. Got into amateur radio with my first license in June 1956, and have been continuously licensed since. It led me down a few different roads, career wise, back when ham radio could be an influential contributor to careers.

Now it is nearly all gone. All of the boat anchors I really enjoy, the Drakes, Collins, Hammarlund, Johnson, National, Kenwood, Gonset - all have been sold.

The "New Ham Radio" has come down the pike, and I have not completely adapted to it, and probably never will. I rarely use SSB, being contented to stick on CW, mostly on 40 or 30, but now and then on 20 or 17. Maybe one of these days I'll get back to 10 meter CW, if conditions ever improve. If the QRN drops, which isn't likely, I'll go back to 80. Used to work a lot of 80 CW, back in the 60s.

Rarely use VHF, except for our club's weekly net on two meters. Every once in a while I play with 6 meter CW.

Still a contented member of EVARA, the Estancia Valley Amateur Radio Association, and am trustee of the club license, NM5EV. We're trying to draw new people into ham radio, by offering classes for the Tech test, to Boy Scouts and a few adults who show an interest.

It's been a nice ride. While the Golden Days of ham radio may be long gone, it can still be enjoyed, even by most of us old timers!

Posting a photo of my operating buddy. His official name is Porky, which refers to his overweight habit of eating too much and too often. But his nickname is Ditty Kitty, since I found him leaning against the paddles one day, sending a series of "dits" into limbo, (since the rig wasn't set to actually transmit.) He didn't mind the sound at all, apparently. He slept through it.

He has used my Hunter Bandit amplifier (which I no longer have) as a happy heat source. He is a true ham.

 

I just got elected President of the Estancia Valley Amateur Radio Association, in May, 2009. And in May 2010, I was re-elected for another year. I have a group of very good people in the club.

 

I am also the club trustee.

 

Have fun with ham radio!

 

NEW W5HTW WEBSITE: HTTP://QSL.NET/W5HTW

 

Check it out. I have just (June 6 2010) put up some very old photos from 1958 and 1960, my home station, and the MARS station in France. You'll see the link on the front page.

 

NM5EV also has a web page: www.qsl.net/nm5nv

I maintain both web sites.

Ed

 

 

Drop by!

 

 

Ed

 

 

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