My Ham Radio Hobby

Originally licensed as WN8BHK in 1969, and elmered by Al,WA8BVP (SK) and Dave K8PGJ, (SK), I’ve been active in many areas of Amateur Radio including VHF,UHF,HF phone,cw,rtty,packet communications.

Al connected us with a ham radio licensing course in the local evening adult education classes and there were four of us who passed the course and were licensed together after taking the FCC test at the Federal Building in downtown Detroit.  Onc of our mothers must have driven us there as we were too young to drive.  Three of us are still licensed and best friends.  Ed (WB8BHL) lives in Orlando FL and Dave (WB4EWS) lives in Crestview FL.  Dave’s original call was WB8BHY.  There was also Steve WB8BHG who now lives in Clearwater FL but I can’t seem to find out if he has a new call or has let his license expire.

One of the pictures here shows my 1996-2003 station consisting of a Ten-Tec OmniV hf rig along with a mint condition Drake B line with L4-B amp feeding either a Cushcraft R7 vertical or a G5RV dipole. Various HT’s and mobile VHF/UHF gear rounded out the line.

My first ham shack in my parent’s basement next to the furnace
My radio “shack” in the basement in the late ’80’s
One of my early contact log pages from about the late ’90’s
Basement shack late ’90’s – early 2000’s

The two pictures below show;

Our Airstream motorhome with two HF antennas mounted on the rear ladder.  One is the familiar Tarheel Screwdriver with a 6′ whip and the other is my Eagle One 31′ fiberglass tapered nesting vertical for 10-40 meters.

My present shack when we are stationary in AZ for the winters

Here below you can see a small recent excerpt from my contact log

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