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Amateur Radio - W8NE
Amateur radio and everything technical has been my interest since before I was 10. I had two uncles who were licensed 'hams' as mentors. A paper route provided me with a small income to invest in my hobbies. My first purchased receiver was a used SX-71.
I got my first 'ham' licenses at 18. I passed the novice and technician exams and received the calls KN8YJL and K8YJL. I was active on 6 & 2 meter AM, 2 meter FM and a little 40 meter CW.
I went into the Navy in 1962 and went through their Aircraft Electronic Technician schools in Memphis. Upon returning from active duty I studied, passed and received the First Class Radiotelephone License with Ship Radar Endorsement.
During the 1960's I got into teletype. I had model 14's, 15's and a 28KSR. I built a couple TU's and a nice distribution panel. The 28KSR was on 14.075Mhz receiving with a 75S1 for years. I gave away most of that stuff later when the basement got too full and digital modes went to computer.
I finally moved in the spring of 1971 closer to work. I needed more room as the shack just kept expanding. A ham buddy I worked with lived two blocks north suggested my first house.
The house had a nice fireplace in the large living room and best of all, a large basement for all the ham gear. It had a large tree between the sidewalk and the street perfect for one end of a 75m meter dipole. I wasn't alone very long, I married my best girl later that year and priorities changed. In spite of the new responsibilities, I managed to get the advanced class license the following year.
The station at that time was the S1 line, 32S1, 75S1, 62S1, 75A4, HQ180, Seneca with converters and some National and Hallicrafters gear. The antenna farm was the 75 meter dipole, a 40 meter Windom and a 6&2 meter beam with a 2 meter ground plane on top
Soon, as expected, our family was expanding and we needed more room. We moved to a 4 bedroom home on a 140 foot deep lot with a large kitchen and family room. That left the basement(den) for me although the boys had a corner for their stuff.
During this time my ham activity was low due to increasing family and professional responsibilities. In 2001 I had a 3 month assignment in Milwaukee. Amateur Electronic Supply is in Milwaukee on Good Hope road, about 3 miles north of where I worked. I took a number of long unpaid lunches and spent time shopping. That store reminded me of my trips to Duffy Radio on Michigan in the 50's and 60's.
I bought some new gear with my per diem and studied for the Amateur Extra Class License. When I returned I passed the test at our local Motor City Radio Club and applied for W8NE in the FCC's vanity call program. I always wanted a 'W', 2 letter call.
My station today has expanded a little. I have Icom's IC-761, IC-706MKIIG, IC-7000 and an IC-02AT. A couple KW linears, a couple Valiants and a SX100. Still only wire antennas though.