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I have been a ham since 1975 with Drake twins, Swan and Icom stations. My current station is a Flex-1500 (5 watts), HEIL PR781G, West Mountain Radio CLRspkr, RM Italy HLA300 amplifier (200 watts) and a MFJ-989D tuner. All is connected to a G5RV at about 35 feet.

I equally enjoy operating my Yaesu FT-991 in the shack and portable with its 100 watts and built-in antenna tuner. Newest addition is an Icom IC-7300 and we are just getting aquainted. A Yaesu FT-8800 handles most VHF and UHF work from the shack. A couple of DV Dongles access Dstar from an ID-51. Mobile radios include an Icom ID-5100 for VHF and UHF with Dstar and an Icom IC-7000 for HF. A Elecraft KX3 serves up pretty cool QRP for patio, rest stop, beach or park HF.

Ham radio has been an interest since my high school days when I lived down the street from Rob Sherwood in Terrace Park. Ohio. I remember him winning a wager with his father that resulted in Drake Twins and a huge tower in his yard. Now as NC0B in Denver, CO, Rob has radio towers everywhere. I was able to scrounge up an old Hallicrafters SX-28 back then where I listened to ham activity for hours upon hours. Then one night my antenna was hit by lightning. Everything went to ground (one way or another) but my father took away all air rights and shortwave listening stopped.

Later that year I discovered that a high school classmate's father was also a ham radio operator. After cutting their grass one day, he invited me in to see his station. Mel Aichholtz fired up his legal limit Collins station, grabbed the big silver microphone and announced in his clear broadcast quality voice “CQ CQ this is W8LLX in Cincinnati, Ohio calling CQ and standing by.” His big station always got a reply and that day left me with a lasting desire to become a ham.

This is a picture of Mel Aichholtz at (the reduced footprint) W8LLX just off the kitchen area in home in Terrace Park, Ohio.
This is a picture of Mel Aichholtz at (the reduced footprint)
W8LLX just off the kitchen area at his home in Terrace Park, Ohio

Mel has been a silent key for many years so I decided to put his call back on the air as a tribute and thank you for the many years of ham radio that I have enjoyed. Here is to your dad, Trudy, W8LLX lives again from Atlanta, GA.


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