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Direct Sampling SDR Icom 7300 HF + 6 meters Ver 1.20

Begali ARRL Centennial Paddle, Intrepid Bug,  Apple 3.1 GHz Ver 10.13.3 - MacLoggerDX Ver 6.15

     + 50' shunt-fed 40 meter Vertical with 8 radials - (40' Rohn 25G with 10' mast) @ 211' ASL

     + Cubex 2 el. 5 band (20 - 10 mtrs)  Quad with hardline fed @ 40' Ameritron RCS-8V switch 

     + M2 6 meter 3 el Yagi @ 45'    

Icom ID-5100 D-Star Base DVAP REF050C  Mobile WB1GOF (B) + DAPRS    see www.aprs.fi 

Portable DMR AnyTone AT-D868UV GPS Version II #3133430 NH Statewide Talk Group 
                                  Analog & Digital 1.296 GHz EME  13 confirmed QSOs


                  SETI • ARRL •  Macnet #001 • Fists #5014 cc #1151 • SKCC #11377  • Ten-Ten #40477

  First Licensed in Detroit, MI 1962 - Previous Calls WN8NRB (MI), WA8SAI (MI), WA6BGT (CA),

                                                 WA1UKA (NH), KB1HE (NH)  

                         USMC 1st Marine Division 3/5  MOS-0341, FO, CAP VietNam 68-69

Ham Radio Sales - Reno Radio (Detroit) Evans Radio (Bow, NH) Cushcraft NSM (Manchester, NH)

Teledyne LeCroy Applications Support 

EMC • RADAR • RF • Power • Critical Timing • Jitter • Serial Data • SI • ATE • Open Math • R&D • Debug

Real Time Oscilloscopes to 100 GHz


Sometimes life changes in mere moments with long standing new effects. Elegant forces push circumstances larger than our planning calendars. At age 14 in Detroit, back in the summer of 1962, my universe got oddly nudged. I never saw it coming. It seemed very strange then, but now, divinely perfect.

My Mother accused me of firing an arrow that stuck into the ground in our back yard where she was on her knees weeding. The arrow had just missed her. She thought I had done it as a dangerous practical joke. She confronted me in our den as I watched television and ate my lunch. I swore I knew nothing about it. She said I could finish my lunch after I found the culprit. I was innocent, clueless, and curious as to how this event had happened. I proceeded up our street carrying the arrow and now feeling like Marshall Dillon on the trail of an armed and dangerous outlaw.

About three houses up our street, I spotted a man twice my age with a strange look on his face. It seemed too coincidental that he was walking towards me. I asked him if he had shot the arrow. He instantly confessed and explained he was trying to put up an antenna and his fish line broke. Say what?

This was the most bizarre explanation I had ever heard about anything. I had him break it down for me and gained some dipole theory and fishline physics for 14 year olds. Within minutes, I was in his basement getting my first tour of an amateur radio ham station. A well lit big desk was called the operating table. The receiver sat here. Click. The large transmitter there. Click. Power inrush sounds and purple lights came on from mercury vapor rectifiers. Pre-Hendrix technical sacredness. Here was his chromed microphone like the broadcasters used. My God, this was the coolest thing I had ever experienced. Owned by a private citizen and licensed by the federal government. It had assigned call letters by the FCC that were his unique identity. And the station wasn’t a pretend toy or model. It was real and actually worked. He had QSL postcards from all over proving his contacts. Within minutes we were calling CQ and chatting with someone 100 miles away. Next contact much further away. DX! This was the latest technology. No satellites, cell phones, or internet - yet.

I had met an important new friend that was answering all my questions like a spiritual guru. I connected lots of dots. Up to this time, this was the absolutely coolest day of my life. He gave me my Novice test about 30 days later. I had learned Morse code. I was getting to the ham stores every weekend. QST magazines and a license manual were in my bedroom and bathrooms. I was so hooked it became my new glasses. I saw everything through the eyes of amateur radio. I was on board with the greatest hobby in the world. And the friends I would meet along the way were some of the neatest brightest people on the planet. Great, great friends. My life was enriched to an extraordinary level.

Evolution happened fast but created a lot of memorable milestones. It was good bye to tubes and hello transistors, ICs, and micro-processors. Transceivers replaced separates. Computers created paperless logs, new modes like packet, DSP, and SDRs. Stations got really small and some were even in space operated by astronauts. The backbone is still communications. We are collectively pragmatists, communicators, helpers, educators, and understanding folks. We tend to rely on science and technology for our solutions and facts library. We are international friends without political, religious, race, or economic borders. All with the potential to put an arrow in your back yard and violating the age old rule - never talk to strangers!

Will we eventually discover how Life creates these gifts starting with such bizarre circumstances?







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