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The image above right is of me with a 7 pound largemouth black bass I caught on an Orvis 7.5 foot original Superfine 1 weight fly rod with 4 pound tippet. I am holding this bass for a fast picture and he was released to get bigger. It was immediately released and had a happy life. 

Ham Radio HISTORY: I got my  start in Amateur radio officially in 1962. My best amateur radio friend W4UIB Ezra Moore in Dallas, Georgia encouraged me and let me enjoy operating his ham stations. His favorite station was an HT32A teamed with a Drake 2-B,  SB-200, and a dipole antenna. Another supportive ham operator in Dallas was W4RPO, John Tinney, who had wall to wall Collins gear, and encouraged me to get my ticket. Also K4VTG, Tyre Lee Terry, Marietta encouraged me at every turn and was very active on the Ga SSB net as a regular member and net control. By 1962 both Clyde Shoemake, K4YRR, and Jack Bramblett K4IVC in Buford guided me as I became involved in the hobby.

By the time I took my novice exam I was reading 13 wpm cw and passed with flying colors. So I was on the air with my Heath AT-1, AC-1 matchbox and BC-342 receiver and a dipole antenna. Making contacts with this gear was a miracle. My very first contact was with Ezra Moore W4UIB in Dallas, GA. on May 6th 1962 as WN4GZK. 

The station above came along about 1964. The Heath AT-1 is on the top shelf, but was mostly replaced by the Viking Challenger lower left, and I had acquired the Hallicrafters SX-111. That was a big improvement purchased at Specialty Electronics in Atlanta. The antenna was still the BIG dipole cut for 75 meters. I built it from powerline copper wire roll ends. It was big and heavy, and lived at about 60 feet. Much of my gear came from Tommy Atkerson at Ack Radio in Atlanta. I bought many rigs, tubes, and project parts from Tommy over 54 years and still buy parts from his son Steve from time to time. Thank goodness things have come a long way from the old days.

​I've been enjoying this hobby a LONG time. I have reviewed the myriad different operating stations I've operated over the years. At this time I have my main operating room, upstairs station in my den, and another station at the lake house.  I may re-install mobile gear again soon. See you on the air.​

If you enjoy light/ul fly fishing and light/ul shooting stop by my website at http://www.byrdultrafly.com.

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Thank you.







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