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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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EA3JE 2017-05-06 40m LSB JN11an Spain Llus Parellada Roig
KC9ZAR 2017-05-06 40m LSB EM68jp United States David Purcell
OM3TWM 2017-03-23 20m USB KN08po Slovak Republic VLADO LUDROVSKY
N4YSA 2017-03-18 40m LSB FM08qk United States MARK D HENSLEY
W4VA 2017-03-18 40m LSB FM18cn United States FAUQUIER AMATEUR RADIO ASSN
WA3HJJ 2017-03-18 40m LSB FM07hs United States MIKE E BAILEY
WA4NUF 2017-03-18 40m LSB FM08ph United States EUGENE A SULLIVAN
W2KJ 2017-03-18 40m LSB FM14ej United States JOSEPH TROMBINO JR
W5KID 2017-03-18 40m LSB EM40jk United States USS KIDD AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
K0IDX 2017-02-23 40m LSB EN18AQ85 United States RONALD G BROWN
WW2SUB 2017-02-11 40m LSB EM26bd United States WW2 USS Batfish Mem Sta
AG1Y 2017-02-10 40m LSB FN41ln United States Jean Pierre Chiron
K4NDY 2017-02-09 80m AM EM74os United States SAMUEL A ASH JR
KX3DM 2017-01-15 40m LSB EN90xf United States DONALD R MAIZE
KR3JA 2017-01-15 40m LSB EN90xh United States JAMES R AMODIE

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