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Born and rasied in Warren,located in north-east Ohio, I was first licensed in 1963 as WN8HOQ then upgraded in 1964 to Tech with the callsign WA8PAL. This was back in the days without multple guess tests which meant lots of long cold winter nights studying the ARRL Handbook. Thanks to the efforts of my two Elmers, Randolf Saffin, W8HOY (SK) and Lou Swart, W8BXA (sk) I was given a good beginning in this fabulous hobby.

My introduction to this hobby happened the day in '57 or '58 when my young mind made the connection between the odd voice on our black and white television, my father's under his breath type comments about that darn Ham across the street and those strange looking TV antennas on Mr Saffins garage roof. It wasn't long before W8HOY was showing me his shack and then made repairs to my first attempt at a HF receiver, a Knight Kit Space Spanner kit. Mr Saffin passed awaybefore I passed my Novice test so he never knew of my (our) succes and the similarity of our calls.

My early years as a Ham operator were formed by Mr Swart (Dean of Boys / Assistant Principal / staff sponsor)) and all the members of the Warren G Harding High School Radio Club, W8CMZ (sk).. Training classes, field trips and late night bull sessions all contributed to my future as a Navy Electronics Technician and later as an industrial electrician within the nuclear power generation industry.

While in Uncle Sam's canoe club I served the USS Wilkinson, DL-5, and the USS Finback, SSN-670. My ashore stations included Great Lakes IL, Newport RI, Bainbridge MD, Winsor Locks CT, New London CT, Boston MA and Norfolk VA.

After my 6 year hitch in the service Margaret, KB2BRR, and I settled at the "Jersy Shore", only a couple of miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Please note: Although the MTV show named "Jersey Shore" is the same Jersey Shore as we are, it is not a true indication of life "down the shore" as the locals call the area.

Beside being a 30 year member and past president of the Old Barney ARS, N2OB, in 2001 I became a restoration volunteer for the WWII Iowa Class Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). After a few Saturdays away from home my XYL joined me for my weekly trips to the ship. Since the fall of 2001 she has been the QSL manager for the ship.

Along with the efforts of many others the ship has a top notch ham radio presence in the form of the Battleship New Jersy Amateur Radio Station, NJ2BB. The group name is a mouthful so the paid staff at the ship has given us the nickname of BNJARS, pronounced "bean-jars". Please visit the NJ2BB website at WWW.NJ2BB.ORG for more info and hundreds of photos of our ongoing work.

For you eagle eyed RTTY operators, yes, that is a mint condition Model 15 teleprinter sitting just above the Snoopy phone. To the right of the phone is a Model 14 TD while a Model14 perf is out of sight.

Besides the Icom 746Pro I have a Hallicrafters HT-41 linear for those very rare times when 100 watts output are too few. The antennas are a Mosley Classic 33 for 20,15 and 10 meters. A trapped dipole covers 160, 80 and 40 while the remnents of a Hy-gain Hy Tower provide coverage of the WARC bands.

I'm always on the look out for any members of that high school radio club, W8CMZ.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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