Hi my name is Ed Deringer. I have been an amateur radio operator since March 1961. At that time I lived in Brooklyn, NY. My first call was WV2SQY. This soon changed to WA2SQY on sept 1961. The "V" denoted novice. My first rig was a crystal controlled 6146 running 75 watts. Had alot of 40 meter crystals, no vfo's allowed at that time. The receiver was a home brew regenitive receiver, with plugin coils for band switching. I later aquired an army surplus BC348Q Receiver. Spent alot of time on 40M cw. (7.100 to 7.150) When I upgraded to general I added A VFO and A Home brew pair of 1625's to plate modulate the rig. Those were the days AM was king. I soon upgraded to a heathkit DX100B transmitter.Purchased a Drake 2A receiver used from an old friend Benny(WA2UWP) who is now an SK. My next major upgrade was a Hallicrafters HT37 transmitter, this was my first SSB rig. SSB was just showing up on the ham bands. At that time I started getting interested in DX. So I decided to build my first home brew amplifier. This was a pair of push pull 450TL's with 4000 volts on the plates, the rectifiers were a pair of 872B's mercury vapor tubes. What a great blue glow from those tubes. My favorite part of the hobby is DX'ing. My DXCC totals at this time including deleted countries (10) are 336/346. Since I am now over 300 countries I have reached my next goal DXCC Honor Roll. I only need 4 more countries for Top of Honor Roll. I am a member of two amateur radio clubs in my area, They are the Garden State Amateur Radio Assn and the North America DX Assn, (Jersey Coast DX Assn). At the present time I have an ICOM IC-765 tranceiver and a Heathkit SB221 amplifier with ten meters added. The SB-221 has been modified for full break in CW. I now have the tower and it is up. Take a look at the tower pix. My favorate band is 20 meters second is 15m. I do about 60% cw and 40% ssb. If you hear me on the air give me a shout.
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