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If you're reading this page, chances are that I just finished talking to you on the air.  I have an average station which consists of an Icom IC-756 Pro 2, an old Amp Supply amplifier running a single 3-500Z that puts out about 800 watts.  For my antenna, I am using either a 40 meter dipole at a height of 38 feet or a Mosley TA-33 tri-band antenna sitting atop of a 40 foot tower.  The Mosley was given to me by a good friend, Mike WB8MMR (he has since passed away) and its been up for the last 10 years and it made earning my DXCC award much easier.  Currently, I have talked to 303 countries and have 300 of those contacts confirmed.  Thanks Mike!

 

I worked for the R.L. Drake Company in Miamisburg, Ohio back in the mid 70's where I performed the final alignment and troubleshooting on the SPR-4 shortwave broadcast receivers as well as the RR-1 and RR-2 Marine receivers.  I left Drake for what you might say "Greener pastures" and joined the Heathkit retail store in Columbus, Ohio.  It was lots of fun there but found out that when you are employed in the amateur radio field, it ruined the enjoyment of radio.  I dropped out of ham radio until around year 2000 where I started reading online about the new happenings in our hobby.  It was then that I had learned that we have new frequency bands (the WARC bands), and that they did away with testing in front of the dreaded FCC.     I then decided that it was time to upgrade from my Advanced class license to the Extra.  Only missed 2 questions on my Extra test and was asked to become a VE, which I accepted.  Formally held the FCC First Class Radiotelephone license which stills hangs on my wall and the current General radiotelephone license.  Used to maintain 9 channels of 12 Ghz microwave used for transporting video and data and in my younger days, and I used to climb the commercial towers as well.  Since then, I have accepted early retirement from the phone company and been spending most of my time DXing.

 

My buddy pictured below is a 8 year old husky named Zeus which I adopted him from the local dog pound.  I am a member of Village Chapel Methodist Church in Ashville, Ohio and also a member of our local Boy Scout troop where I get to enjoy camping and being outdoors.  Occasionaly, I will get asked to teach my favorite merit badge, RADIO of course!  I do other merit badges as well but they aren't as fun as radio.  My other hobbies include operating CW, electronics, and fixing up old pinball machines. 

 

Thanks and hope to talk to you on the air again very soon!

Greg W8NGA

My Mosley TA-33 at 40 foot (13 meters). The vertical antenna above is for 2 meters.

 

My friend Zeus

My QSL card from 1977 when I was employed at Heath.

They furnished the cards to all the ham employees back then.

 

 

This is the card that I am currently sending out. Not many left so

I am considering a different design for the next batch.

 

 

 

 

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