[AMRadio] Re: AM'ers Age Poll Online

rbethman 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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