|[AMRadio] Re: AM'ers Age Poll Online|
rbethman at comcast.net
Thu Jul 26 15:39:09 EDT 2007
I can't speak for others.
I got my Novice ticket in June of 1980. Call sign KA4PBD.
I made that *dreaded* trip from South Georgia to Atlanta, and took my
FCC conducted General exam on 31 October 1980. I went home with paper
in hand - "Interim - KA4PBD/AT".
My first rig was an SB-102, SP-600, and PS-23. I ran CW on 40mtrs, and
my first L-O-N-G DX contact was a cross mode - I was sending CW - the
other person, Mr. Harry Adcock, ZL2MM was running voice on 15 meters.
I promptly made an arse of my self by sending at a rate entirely too
fast for me to copy. Harry was *VERY* forgiving.
I acquired an AM Station in November if I recall correctly. My local
club held an auction to replace their current station for HF in the City
Emergency Operations Center. So I became the *very* proud owner of a
Hallicrafters SX-101A, HT-37, Dow Key relay, AND a Shure 737A crystal
I began running AM on 75 meters. I continued this until about 1986. I
got my arm twisted into donating the station to a local High School here
in Virginia. I went back to my love of AM around 1994. I just could
*not* stay away from it. I bought a DX-60 and an HG-10 VFO off the
"E-Place", along with an SX-99. I fed that into an LK-500ZB pair of
3-500Zs. I wanted more. I bought an R-390A from an old timer whom is
now an SK. I also bought an HT-32A and an SX-101 MkIII from the same
OT. I also located another Shure 737A.
A few years later I got my FIRST BC-610. NOW I had a BIG AM Station.
Now I also have a T-213. It is a Depot modified version of the BC-610.
So I've left AM for a very brief time, but can't stay away. I've been
fed up with SSB, their CONSTANT contesting, and ridiculous WAY over
driven and splattering signals.
Bob - N0DGN
A.R.S. - WA5AM wrote:
> On 7/26/07, A.R.S. - WA5AM <ars.w5ami at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 7/24/07, A.R.S. - WA5AM <ars.w5ami at gmail.com> wrote:
>> These numbers so far just don't seem to make much sense to me! Guess
>> I need to let it run for a while...
> Maybe the question about "How long have you operated AM" is the
> problem. The point of that question was more intended to mean "When
> did your interest RENEW in AM". I know a few, like Don/KYV never left
> AM, however I don't know of many others that did that. Most the OT's
> I know operated AM in the good old days, but got snagged with
> slopbucket for years, then came back to AM in fairly recent times. I
> think I should have phrased the question a little different...
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