Below left is my basement bomb shelter station.
This station is Y2K compliant.
|Courtney, Andrew, and Whitney
||Guarding the sign.
with Andrew, Whitney and Katie
At age six I became interested in the mysteries of
radio. My father George, was also 15 when he became a ham operator. He
let his ham license expire during the 1939 depression. He later became
KA9SOA. Dad was always tinkering with radio sets. I recalled many occasions
when dad would repair a Hallicrafters S19R. receiver
which we used for short wave listening. I asked dad if it was possible
to see the person talking thru the radio speaker.Then
we built a single tube regenerative receiver. Dad told me he had a radio
license when he was 15 years old on a farm in North Judson, Indiana. I
remember visiting the farm and finding old radio parts. His father, Julius
Caesar, told me stories about Marconie in Italy and how mothers would not
let their children walk past his two story house because they thought he
was crazy. The farm radio was a 1932 Philco Tombstonewhich
I listened to Arther Godfrey, The Lone Ranger and Tom Mix. I requested
my Extra class callsign be reissued. I was first licensed as KN9EUV
in 1955. I took my General exam in Chicago in 1956 and dropped the
"N" in my call.
In 1958 I enlisted in the Navy and because of my
radio experience I was assigned to the U.S.S. Shenandoah (AD-26) as a radioman
striker. in a few months I was a RM3 Class, then promoted to RM2nd Class
met my xyl, Janet, on a blind date, in April 1961, a few months before
I was discharged from the Navy. Two weeks later we were married.
A month later I got my First Class Radio Telephone license. a couple
weeks later I help build a 5 tower directional commercial broadcast station,
WGSB, in Geneva, Illinois.
1970-1978 WSBT-TV Newsman in South Bend,
After 18 years in broadcasting, I went on to electronic research
and development for Intertec Corporation of Elkhart, Indiana.
I became an insurance agent in 1980.
The story continues
We raised two children, David, KA9NEC, and Katherine.
David is looking for an xyl and Katherine is married to a Purdue graduate.
My grand daughters, Whitney, likes to tell stories.
Courtney----> likes to make
up stories, Andrew---> operates
AM phone on 3.880 kc on the station below.
1953 Zenith portable, National NC-300 Dream
receiver and Hammurland HQ-129X
Business since YZero. Trust in Jesus; and if you don't believe; the
devil will always take you back.