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...The Best Things in Life are Not Things ...

 Around 12 to 14 years I discovered shortwave radio using a Hallicrafters general coverage receiver. Some of the guys on 75 had better audio than some of the AM broadcasters out of New York City.   

Some of my folks' friends gave me a few Stromberg Carlson floor standing receivers that I quickly stripped out of the cabinets. Great fun back in the day. I recall Radio Moscow, Havana, Budapest and the like.  Listening during the Cuban crisis was a bit scary during the coldest of the cold war. 

While living in Maryland in 1985 I came to know Charlie who was licensed as K3NXH. Telling him of my earlier interest, Charlie encouraged me to get my ticket. I owe Charlie as without him it's very likely I would not be writing this. Thanks, Charlie!

 It was 1986 when I received my first call, N3EWF as a General Class. I had practiced Morse code for some 9 months and still felt unable to pass the five word per minute test when Charlie called and told me of a test session at Montgomery College in Silver Spring. Needless to say, I passed the Novice and General test on the first sitting. What a great day that was thanks to Charlie. I up graded to Extra in the early 90's and was awarded the great CW call, WK3T.  I had been chasing DX using CW and wanted that lower 25 kHz. I now live in New York and Charlie in Florida and we have not spoken in some time. If you happen to know Charlie please tell him you read this. It will make him smile.

The current humble station consists of a Kenwood TS590sg and an LDG AT-600 ProII which has performed well. The antenna is an off center fed dipole at 50 feet or so. I use a Metron MA1000B solid state amplifier from back in the 80's. The amplifier is out of view and controlled by the switch box to the right of the radio.

Need my QSL? No SASE required. It's an old Ham Radio tradition that I still subscribe to. SWL cards are also welcome. If I have failed to reply to your card please email and I will correct the error of my ways.

I had been QRT for some 12 years or so and back now about five. It seems the hobby has changed, which is inevitable, as we all know, change is the only constant. I feel the activity is way down from, say 15 years or so ago. Perhaps it's the solar cycle, perhaps not. It's great to be back!

 Thanks for stopping by. I'm an old school rag chewer so if you hear me please say hello as I would enjoy the opportunity to speak with you. I am also good on QRZCQ if you care to visit.

The primary photo at the top is of Montauk Light at the extreme eastern end of Long Island.This is about 127 miles or 204 kilometers east of Manhattan Island in New York City.

Thanks...

Vy 73 es all the best de Mike, WK3T

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The photo's below are of Northport Village Harbor leading out to Long Island Sound.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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