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I started out in radio in 1957 as an active SWL.  My first rig was a Knight Kit Span Master and a few years later upgraded to a Lafayette HE-10.  MANY hours of fun letting the world open up to a small town boy in Oklahoma.  Those were exciting times.  I always wanted to get my ham license, but I never mastered either enough theory or the Morse code, plus I discovered girls as we all did and did a tour in the US Navy from 1968 till I got an early release in late 1971.  I found an "elmer", K6OAC, Vince who gave me my Novice test and I received WN5HAK in May of 1972, then got WB5HAK in October of that year, and Advanced later that year. Took all my tests before the FCC examiners in Oklahoma City at the Federal Building there. I have been involved in RTTY since I got my General Class license, and still enjoy the mode today. I do wish that there were more RTTY rag chewers around today.  Should you wish to get on the mode and rag chew, get in touch by email and we can arrange a sked.

I enjoy working DX on SSB, but prefer hams that like to chat, not just collect numbers of contacts.  I have a lot of DX friends that I look for and work often.  To me, that is the fun of the hobby, meeting new people, making friends and really enjoying the experience.  However, I am always willing to give out Oklahoma for WAS.  

I have a big interest in old tube gear and I have MANY choices there. From the older Collins S line gear, Drake 4 Line gear, and Heathkit SB series to the Johnson Viking II and Ranger transmitters and Collins and National receivers. I recently added a nice Icom IC-781 and the matching IC-R9000 to my station.  I enjoy using those in transceive, as well as just listening around on shortwave and above with the R9000.

The current "main station" is the Kenwood TS-990 and a QRO HF-2000 amplifier.  I also have a nice Henry 3K Classic X amp.  The antenna is a HyGain TH-11DX at 75', but am currently working on rebuilding my 4 element cubical quad another time after the last ice storm, HI.  I am building it in the "spider" format to get proper spacing for all five bands, 20 through 10.  I hope to have that up before it gets hot this summer.  Also in the works is another tower to house a Mosley S-403 3 element 40M bear to go up at 75' or so.  I'll add more pictures in the near future.  73, de WB5HAK.

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