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I enjoy operating CW on all bands and have since 1972 back when I was first licensed as WN2SFT in Lackawanna, New York - South Buffalo area.

My interest in radio started in the late-1960's and still continue today. Listening to "Radio Oddities" over the years is fascinating to say the least. I have seen many "Radio Personalities" come and go over the years and it is amazing how entertaining they can be in some situations.


This QRM'er (pictured below) was found passed out in the gutter on Bourbon Street in New Orleans after an "All Nighter" trashing 7200 KHz and falling out of his mobile HAMMERED.

Can anyone identify this HAM?

(Yes, I have a sense of humor!)



Just got back on the air after a 30 year period of inactivity. Went to the 2011 Dayton Hamvention (1st time there since 1980) and I got the itch back again. I will post some pictures of the "deteriorating" HARA Arena that is in a constant state of decay very soon.

For you newer hams, it was cleaner in the old days.



Dayton Hamvention Bashes of Yesteryear!

Dayton Hamvention in May of 2012.

(above) - The sewer line broke in the middle of the flea market on Saturday. Imagine the smell and muck that ran through the aisles between radio amateurs and the equipment. Now imagine being a visiting amateur from across the world attending the Hamvention for the 1st time. The Hamvention Committee (if one exists) needs to relocate or modernize this event.


Dayton 2015 was a reunion of old friends from the past. KF6I (ex-WB8SVN) and W3ASW (ex-WB8MRU) still seem as they did back in 1977! This tradition in Dayton will continue until the last FAROUT, ACFTN and LID-CARS member is SK!

Dayton Hamvention on April 29th, 1977.

(above) - Jim: WB8MRU (W3ASW), Frank: WB8OFR (SK), Carl: WB8VLU and John: WB8SVN (KF6I)


Dayton Hamvention in May 2015.

(above) - Greg: WA2SFT, Jim: W3ASW (WB8MRU), Chuck Hamlin (from station WHIO) and Tom: WB8QVC


Dayton Hamvention in May 2015.

(above) - John: KF6I (WB8SVN), Tom: WB8QVC, Jim: W3ASW (WB8MRU), Mark: W8MDX.


During the 1980's I did have the opportunity of listening to and even meeting many of the local amateur radio community in the Southern California area as I lived out there for about 9 years. Even though I was not active on HF, I did listen to the Southern California Renegade Repeater in the Hollywood Hills on 01/61. Today it has evolved to the 147.435 repeater that is still active today and is very INSANE to say the least!


Listen to the 147.435 K6MWT Renegade Repeater on the live link:



My career did allowed me to visit 19 countries and 49 States (never made it to Alaska). I even had the opportunity to visit some other amateur radio operators in Malaysia, Singapore, Venezuela, Costa Rica and the Azores over the years as a field engineer!


I also have a 10-meter CW beacon transmitting 3 watts on 28.2695 MHz.

MR161T Transmitter complements of KF6I.


My primary station consists of a Kenwood TS-530SP and SB-1000 amplifier. I have always preferred the "vintage" equipment and have capitalized on buying some of the older "Boat Anchors" as many of todays amateurs are not interested in anything with CW, tubes, or a "load & plate" control. Some of the older equipment I have:

  • Drake T-4X/R-4A
  • Kenwood TS-520SE
  • Heathkit DX-60/HG-10B
  • Harvey-Wells Bandmaster TBS-50C
  • Ameco AC-1
  • Ten-Tec Omni D
  • Globe Chief 90 and Scout Delux
  • Eico 720 Transmitter
  • Yaesu FTdx400 and FT-401B
  • Hallicrafters SX-62
  • Hammarlund HQ-129-X
  • Lafayette HE-30
  • Harvey-Wells Z-Match
  • James Millen 92200 Tuner
  • Dentron MT-2000A Tuner


I also like to collect and repair the old tube type radio receivers from the 1940's and earlier.


This is the Ameco AC-1 that I refurbished a few years ago. I found it at a hamfest for $5 as it was basically junk and was in horrible shape. The AC-1 was known for "chirp" in the early days. I was able to eliminate that problem by using the 0D3 voltage regulator tube in this old Swan 117-X chassis.

The 0D3 Voltage Regulator.

When sending CW there is a shifting purple glow on every dit and dah that gives this tube a nostalgic look!



Above is a QRP homebrew transmitter using a 50L6 beam pentode. This has about 2 to 3 watts output and uses a crystal. The chassis is an old 1930's AM radio I found that was destroyed. It looks like junk but actually works!



Above are a few pictures taken after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005.




Las Vegas Tribute


Hey Lenny, does it bring back any memories?!?!?!?!?!?!



The "LID-CARS" certificate was issued to a few "chosen" individuals back in the mid-1970's and (believe it or not) is a collectors item! A few of the orginal members from memory are WB8PIY, WB9MMT, WB7AIX, WB2IBB, WB8OFR (silent key), WB8MRU, WB8SVN, WD8NLS, WB2TVS, WB8THR and many others!


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