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Greetings from St. Louis, MO.

I first caught the ham radio bug in the early 60's after being at a neighbor's house who was an active ham at the time. He operated a complete Collins S-line station which also included a KWM-2 which made a lasting impression on me.

I was first licensed in 1972 as a novice and in 1973 I got my general class license. My parents loaned me the funds to purchase my first KWM-2/A and 516F-2 power supply. I worked all summer cutting grass and doing odd jobs to pay them back!!! I stayed licensed for many years but in the early 90's due to marriage, children, being self-employed and constantly busy, my license expired. In 2004, at the urging on my mom who was dealing with terminal cancer, I decided to commit myself to getting my license back. She reminded me of how much I enjoyed it and how both she and my dad used to watch a TV screen that would disappear every time I keyed my transmitter!! (this was with my novice gear, a BC-348R receiver and a TCS-12 transmitter, WW2 vintage, and I still have both of them!!) A little over a week before my mom passed, I took the needed tests and got a perfect score on both much to the surprise of the monitors!!! My new license was issued on the FCC website on the day we buried my mom.

 

I applied for my old callsign and got it back. I'm having the time of my life!! I operate and restore vintage tube gear and have a special affection for Art Collins products, mainly the KWM-2/2A transceivers of which I own five. I have several Collins 30L-1 amplifiers. I have also rehabbed some vintage Swan equipment for my station and my favorite of the Swan gear is the Swan 500 CX and the Mark2 amplifier which are at my operating position. I have only one piece of solid state gear at the operating station, a Drake R-7A receiver that I purchased new in 1981. I also enjoy doing rehab work for fellow hams and have been doing so since the 70's even during the time my license was expired. My speciality is my favorite, the Collins KWM-2/A and the S-Line 32S-1 and 75S-1 and later rigs. I have a full complement of "vintage" test equipment to assist me in restoration projects. I've worked on just about every piece of tube type gear in the 35+ years in the hobby. I've also had a lot of experience with military gear, including the Collins R-388/51J and the R-390A receivers.

Antennas are all home-brew wire dipoles, but I am looking into installing my first tower and beam in the near future. I mainly enjoy DXing and have made a lot of great friends through the hobby. There are so many facets to the ham radio hobby today with the technology out there, but for me, I'll stay with my "vintage" tube gear. For me, REAL RADIOS GLOW IN THE DARK!!! Best of 73's, Shawn WA0IIH

Well, a beam antenna and tower are now in the works as of sept 08. I am a big Mosley fan and I have on order a CL-33M which I should have in a couple of weeks. A crank-up U.S. tower TMM-541SS is on order and I should have it in a few months. The base is done, built three times the size needed. Ten yards of concrete and lots of rebar wil outlive my great grandchildren!! I will post a pix when done, this has been lots of fun. I am looking forward to operating with this new antenna, I should have it up and running by the first part of december 2008. Again, the best of 73s to all. Update, Oct 16,2008 The tower and antenna are up and running!!! I received a e-mail from U.S. Tower on oct 13 saying my tower was finished early due to a delay in getting parts for a military contract that had been taking up most of their time. I received my tower the following day and two days later it is standing and looking fantastic!!! It was well worth the wait, and even with fair band conditions it is working great. My hat is off to U.S. Tower, Mosley Electronics, and the gang at Texas Towers for all their help. You can not go wrong dealing with the BEST!!! 73s

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