Hello OMs, YLs, XYLs and SWLs,
I was first licensed in 1964, at the age of fourteen, as WN5IXY. I have had a love for Ham Radio ever since. If anyone had a hand in getting me involved in Ham Radio, it would be Hugh Abfalter. He was the Chief Engineer at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City which my dad operated. I remember when I was ten or eleven, my Dad, Ab (everyone called him Ab) and I were in Ab's kitchen. While we were standing there, Ab was copying code from his shack. I thought, wow I wish I could do that. I would give anything to remember his call, but I cannot. It was a nine call from Decatur, IL. He was the Chief there also for my Dad, at WTVP-TV Ch. 17.
My fixed station includes a Yaesu FTDX-5000MP, a Yaesu FT-8800 dual band, a Kenwood TH-D72 for APRS, which I know nothing about. I use a Heil PR-781 microphone and an Astron RS-35M to power my 8800. My antenna is a Cushcraft D-4. It is upstairs in my house. It is a rotatable dipole that does not rotate. I live in one of the most restrictive HOAs in Las Vegas, so it will have to do for the time being.
I work 75, 40, 20, 17, and 15 SSB. I like CW but have found I am not as good as I thought I was.
In my truck, I use a Yaesu FTM-350AR with a Comet SBB-224 antenna. I also have a Motorola Spectra for 900, which again, I know nothing about. I recently installed an Icom IC-7000, an Ameritron ALS-500M Amp and a Tarheel 200HP Screwdriver Antenna for HF. Just learning about mobile.
My handhelds, besides the TH-D72, are a Kenwood TH-F6a, an Alinco DJ-G29 and an Icom ID-51a Plus. I am really disappointed with the Alinco.
I belong to the ARRL, The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club and the QCWA. I am not sure why.
I love radio and have been in broadcasting most of my life. I began working for my Dad at KOCO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City after school, week-ends and summers. After graduating from high school, I moved to New York City to work for ABC Television Network News. I then moved back to Oklahoma City and worked for KTOK Radio which at the time was owned by Jimmy Stewart but now it is a Clear Channel property like most everything else. Afterwards, I helped start, put on the air and train Bahamians for ZNS Television. The Television Network of the Bahamas. I did some broadcast consulting for the governments of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and The Cayman Islands. I was also one of the founders of KOKH-TV, the first independant television station in Oklahoma City. It is now the FOX affiliate. I also put KPSP-TV on the air in Palm Springs. It is now the CBS affiliate. Mixed in with all of this I sold a whole lot of radio and was SM for a radio group in Monterey, CA.
But that was all then. This is now. How things change over the years.
I enjoy Ham Radio, Carmel-by the-Sea, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Golf, Pizza, Coca-Cola and strong coffee.
Thanks for stopping by my QRZ page.
73, de greg, WG1N
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