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I was first licensed in high school in 1963 as WN9HYB. After upgrading, I was issued my current call, WA9LEY, in 1964. (Not sure why my call changed but it was OK). I remember trying to explain to my school counselor why I needed to leave early to get to the FCC office in downtown Chicago to take my General exam. Although my school had about 5000 students, I don't think he ever heard that excuse before.

Two of my childhood friends also became hams about the same time, WA9HOU and WA9JNJ. We all lived within 100' of each other. Thinking back, our neighbors must have had TVI and RFI from every direction. I had a Hallicrafters S-85 receiver and a Knight kit T-60 transmitter. I made over 2000 QSO's with that station using only 2 crystals. I still have the T-60 shown in the photo below.

 

 

In 1966, I acquired a Hammarlund HQ145 receiver and a Johnson Viking Valiant II. I was away at college in the late 60's and only operated in the summers and on breaks. My parents let me put up a small tower and a TA33Jr. Having this antenna, more power and a VFO opened up a new world for me and I was bitten by the DX bug. Also, I really liked the way the Valiant finals would light up a dark room.

In the early 70's, I bought a new Drake TR-4 and the associated remote VFO and MN2000 antenna tuner. I'm still using that tuner today. Later, I added a Tempo One transceiver and put together a Heath SB220.

I operated /0 many times during summer fishing trips in northern Minnesota (Itasca County).

My soon to be wife checking out what she's about to get in to.

My wife and I raised our family in North Riverside, IL. Shortly after moving in, I was installing a vertical antenna on my garage when I heard CW chirping from the alley. It was W9RTD, Rudy (now a SK) who lived on the next street. We ended up chasing DX together for the next 25 years. None of my 3 sons showed interest in ham radio other than causing local QRM for me.

During a babysitting job, I set up on a card table from my son's garage for a recent NAQP CW contest. The coax ran to the mobile antenna on the back of my car. This was my "support team".

In 2004, my wife and I relocated to Orland Park, IL. I now use a Kenwood TS480 as the main rig and a Yaesu FT897 on 6 and 2. All barefoot with attic dipoles and a 6 meter loop. I still enjoy chasing DX and casual contesting.

                                                            

   

           

                                       

 

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