Bremerton Wa, 1987.
Not long after passing my Novice exam with K7EV (Harold), I was on
the air as KB7AVT using a Kenwood TS-430 with a Husler 6BTV
antenna mounted on a 6ft high chain link fence. in the back yard.
The coax run was less than 40 feet, I placed ground rods at each
corner of the fencing, then scraped off the zinc finish and brazed
RG-8 braid to the link fencing and terminated it to the 6 foot
ground rods I installed. I upgrade to a Tech class license a few
weeks later, then to General Class a few months after that. I
built a homebrew loaded 20 meter dipole that I sloped out the
second story of the duplex I was living in.
For VHF/UHF I
had a Yeasu 727R dual bander (2mtr/440) and Kenwood 50watt FM
mobile rig ( I forgot the model number). For antennas I used a AEA
Hot rod, and a Larson 5/8 mag mount.
Over time I bought
various tube rigs such as the Health 101, Swan 350, 500, and 700
series, Drake TR4s and a few others. I really enjoyed working on
and operating the Swan radios for SSB. I don't have a pic of the
Swan 350 so click
here to view a site that does.
Heres some Sites for the
Ct, 1988. I moved to the northeast due for work. Prior to moving I
upgrade to an Advance Class, then sold off most of the tube rigs
and bought a HW-9 on a closeout deal with the WARC kit. Total
price was less than $300.00. The HW-9 was a great radio. I used a
closet about 6 by 6 feet as my station with a 90 foot random wire
up about 25 - 30 feet going through the attic outside to a tree.
For a ground /counterpoise, I took a piece of coax and connected
the shield to the rig, and ran the remaining coax down the stairs.
took about a week.
Mid 90's. i moved down south to be near family. I did not do alot
of HF operations, I mainly operated VHF and UHF mobile.
1997-2002. Moved to the Marshall Islands to work on a DOD
contract. The HW-9 was still running strong, this time with
numerous dipoles and other experimentally antennas. A Co-worker of
mine Bob NP4B had a SGC-2020 rig...nice. I was hooked after 1 hour
of playing with it....the HW-9 was sold and I bought a SGC-2020
radio with the ADSP module.
2002- 2005. Right before the contract expired out in the Marshall
Islands I put my resume out on the internet and picked up a job
working in Korea. It was a nice change of place with all four
seasons. The station setup was a SGC 2020 ADSP radio with a random
wire or whip attached to a SGC auto Tuner .
After 16 years
I took out some metal polish and a small hobby drill with a cloth
buff wheel and polished up the $3.00 code key I bought at a swap
meet. After I cleaned it up I understood why some folks collect
the old keys!
Thats it for now!
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