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Hello, I'm Dave, KB7JS, a.k.a "Junk Shop", or ocassionally "Just Stupid", sometimes heard on the air from Phoenix Arizona, 

Originally licensed in my early years as KN0CLH, I have been active for 50+ years. After a tour with USAF as an Airborne Weapons System specialist for the F-4 Phantom, I started a career in computer systems engineering with Scientific Data Systems, Xerox Corporation, Martin Marietta, and Honeywell (twice).  Along the way I have had several call signs until my current one stuck. I am now retired, trying to renew the enjoyment of life, and as it turns out, with all the projects I have lined up, I am seldom burdened by boredom and have no idea how I ever had time to be employed in the first place. 

 After several years operating a power station from a QTH with a fantastic antenna, I am now antenna challenged and sparsely active on the bands.  However, I continue to be active in electronics of all kinds and I have become test equipment rich over the years, and spend a great deal of time at my favorite hobby, breathing life back into dead or negelected rigs.   It is my hobby to use my experience to ensure good radios continue to operate where they belong, in the shack.  It must be a hobby, because it certainly isn't the path to fame or fotrune. As a technician, I am particularly fond of Yaesu and Icom equipment, but don't hold a grudge against any other manufacturer. There are alot of them out there in need of some technical counciling, triage, or emergency surgery, and in this day and age of "appliance" radios, there are not that many technicians who will take the time to troubleshoot them.  As a result, they are often too easily discarded for new models with more buttons and menu's, roofing filters, and exotic modes that are seldom used.  

When a broken radio comes to my shop,  I strive to refurbish it to its best possible state before returning it to its home.  For those I aquire on Ebay, I will bring them back as close as possible to their original condition before passing them on to a new home, usually a new HAM in need, or an old HAM with appreciation for a good radio.  Also included in my repair and refurbishment experience are antenna tuners (particularly SGC and SEA), power supplies, and other odd accessories found around the typical HAM station.

However, I am getting far too old to be involutarily knocked to the floor or tossed across the shop by a wake up call from a high voltage plate supply. You would think that, after 50 some years of fidiling with radios, the lesson about keeping the fat fingers out of the tank circuit would sink in, but apparently not, so I have pretty much given up on tube based boat anchors and their finger numbing power supplies. Despite their inherent dangers,  I still miss them, there were some jewels in the bunch, especially Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Collins, and even the early years of Yaesu before the FT-101, especially the Silver Faced FTdx-4xx/5xx family,  Many of them are still generating impressive signals on the bands.

Having lived in the deserts of Arizona and Nevada for over 30 years, I am seriously in need of another distraction. Maybe Alaska. Maybe Idaho. Maybe Colorado. Maybe another broken radio.

 My Wife and I are also lovers of All Dogs, and we presently make a home for five in our 'Pack', but you never know when another one will hear a message from the Big Dog and show up on our doorstep or sit by the side of the road waiting for me to show up.



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