My name is Scott. I first got interested in radios in the mid 70's with my
older brother using CB's. He always had a top of the line station and allowed
me full use of it. I joined the Air Force in 1981 and served 4 years as a
ground radio operator. I was assigned to a station called giant talk. There
were only 12 stations in the world operating on HF using 5 frequencies.
We were a command and control communications station for SAC aircraft.
Mostly reconnaissance planes, SR-71 U-2 TR-1 RC-135 AWACS among others.
We were also the HF link to missle sites and SAC bombers. If you ever watched
the movie war games (the original) when you hear the codes on the speaker in
the beginning they would have come from one of our stations. I was stationed in
England for 3 years. Our radios operated at 10 kilowatts each. My last year I
was stationed in California where I got to use the latest equipment (at the time)
called scope signal 3, where our radios operated at 25 kilowatts. I always
wanted to be a ham even before the CB. I finally achieved that in the early
90's passing my Tech test with the code, earning the callsign N8VGN. I could
never get my code speed up to 13 WPM so I stayed a tech plus. Once they dropped
the requirement for code I thought about trying, but never could get motivated.
In the next 20 years I would lose intrest for a couple years at a time, but always
get back into my radios. Although active on 2 meters now, I wasn't very active in
the past 20 years. My brother and I have talked each night on the CB for the last couple
years. A local mobile jumped in one night and mentioned he wanted to get his ham
ticket. I told him I was licensed and offered some advice. We all kept in contact and
it wasn't long and he passed his tech (W8FNT). He wasn't satisfied with the tech and
wanted his general. As I had pushed him to get his license, he started pushing me to
upgrade to general. In a matter of months he passed his general and I was still a
tech with a book. My brother was also interested and decided to get his ticket.
After almost a year with our books we both buckled down. I passed my general on
1/17/15 and my brother passed his tech on 1/24/15 (K8BKR). I've passed all my
general study guides on to him, and have picked up my extra study material. Not
sure if I'll make it, but I'll give it a try. Here is a pic of my old shack.
I recently moved to upstate New York from Michigan. I'm living in a small town
called Gloversville. It's beautiful country here, reminds me of northern Michigan.
Antennas are still holding me back at this point. At the moment I am running a
G5RV for HF, but for some reason it gives me a 1.5:1 SWR on 2 meters. I've been
able to hit 2 meter repeaters 50 miles away using it, with good signal reports. For
now I am running an Icom 725 and an Icom 751 for HF. I have a Yaesu FT-2900R
for 2 meters. A Woxum and Baeofang for 2 meter and 440 Mhz. The bottom picture
is of the shack now. Looks quite bare from the old one, but it does serve its purpose.
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