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I guess my favorite era of amatuer radio started in 1959, when I became the novice WV6KCJ. A novice is dominated by code, and his efforts to master it. I was no different, and me and my friends worked on our cw constantly. At age 14, I had no money and depended on charity for my first homebrew rig running 20 watts with one 807 final tube. 

Later, after my skills improved, I used every penny I had to buy and build a Heathkit DX-60. I loved that radio, and shocked even electrical engineers with my beautiful build. Of course my receiver was only an S38E. 

Ham radio has been a steady influence through the years, and many of my friendships have come about because of it.  But I do love those first years the best. Today I own another beautiful DX-60. And the matching HR-10.  I often operate a  Heathkit HW-101, which you can see in my picture. Also I have a Drake R4B, and the matching T4XB, also visible. Below the Drakes is a Collins S-Line 1, circa 1959. Above the HW-101 is a Galaxy V Mark II, somewhat rare in today's world. I also have a Heathkit SB-200 amplifier with all the Harbach improvements. All of these radios are used and appreciated constantly. You can hear them on the Ohana Net on 14.268 at 16:30Z.

I have a few other working and appreciated classic radios that you cannot see. In my collection is a Swan 700cx, a Drake 2B, an Eico 720 plus the 730 modulator. My most modern rig is a Ten-Tec Jupiter.

Forty feet up is a Mosley TA-33.

Next time you're on 14.268, listen for me amongst the Ohana crew. You can be sure I'll be enjoying the glowing warmth of my classic rigs.


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