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Hello Fellow Hams,

Long story, short...  I am still trying to pass my general exam, so for now I am just on 2m/70cm and FRS/GMRS with my son and scouts.  I do not have the budget for a the big fancy radio systems, so for now I am just on a couple inexpensive eBay import radios.


And now, the rest of the story....  I was first introduced to two-way radios communictaions when I was about seven years old (early 1970's) with my first set of walkie-talkies and from there it just grew.  Many of the local kids in the neighborhood had walkie-talkies so we could explore the neighborhoods and play hide and seek on bikes, everyone running around in channel 14 with open hissing squelches you could hear them coming from half block away .  My childhood friend had a set of two-channel RadioShack walkies and I remember we could sneak around and talk on the second channel (19) while all the kids were stuck on channel 14.   I remember my parents getting a CB base station and going up on the roof with my dad to install the antenna.  I would run home after school to listen the world on the radio, yeah it was CB from a few towns away but it seemed like a world away.  In that late 1970's in middle school I saved up my allowance and bought a used RadioShack 23 channel walkie talkie.  When I got my drivers license and a car I bought a Cobra 29XLT SSB radio and cruised the local strip on Friday/Saturday nights talking to other teens and adults burning gas and clogging the channels. When I entered high school we had a Ham radio club that I joined and first got my license in 1980.  I went into emergency services where i have been for 30+ years now using VHF/UHF radios professionally.  Life changed and my radio hobby interest was sidelined for a career and family.  

When my son was born (2003) he got a set of cheapie-cheap walkie talkies and took after his daddy, as a toddler we would talk room to room where the radios were so bad I could hear him talking down the hall over the open squelch hiss.  His interest grew and he got into FRS radios and finally at age thirteen (2017) he passed his technician exam on the third try, so we are on the radio together.  I have pulled my grandfather's old RadioShack multiband world receiver out of the attic to listen to.

We are new so we are only on 2m / 70cm, I am scout leader so one of my passions is to get the boys on the air.  I was granted the very last club call sign for my  region (KZ6BSA) so we can participate in the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air aka "JOTA".  We are always looking for donated equipment for a ham shack and radio days for the scouts too...


Donn K8DLL

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