HAM RADIO BIOGRAPHY PAGE
|In 2007, I returned to amateur
radio after a 46 year absence. Finding that my original call WA4BRX
was available, I requested the old call using the vanity call program.
In 2008, I requested and was granted the call W4BRX.
I am a member and supporter of the
First licensed in 1961, my amateur radio equipment consisted
of a Heathkit AR-3 receiver with a Heathkit QF-1 "Q" multiplier,
and a home built 50 watt crystal controlled 80 meter transmitter
(I had five 80 meter crystals)
In little over a year, a filled one ARRL standard logbook with
80 meter CW contacts.
|After several months in the hobby, I "upgraded" my
receiver to a WWII Scott RCH which weighed close to 70 lbs. This
picture is one of the Scott RCH receivers but is not my receiver;
this one has an added signal meter .Internally the tuning and band-switching
were mechanical marvels. Some time ago, I found a .pdf file of the
"un-classified" manual for this radio online.
In little over a year, I left amateur radio because
of a family move overseas and was not active for the next 46 years.
After graduating from USC in 1968, I had a grand 38 year career
in the broadcasting business. After retiring in 2000 as the Station
Manager of WRJA-TV, I worked performing broadcast transmitter
upgrades for the SCETV Network
for the next 7 years. 2007 marked my return to this great hobby.
Because of my small lot size, antennas are a challange.
For several years I used an inside attic 20-40 meter trap dipole
antenna. Recently, I installed an Alpha-Delta DX-CC multiband
dipole across the backyard.. I enjoy working CW on 40 meters,
practicing to reach a reliable 20 wpm. The modern rig in the shack
is an ICOM IC-7300 and an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier.
| The addition of the small Ameritron
AL-811 in the shack has made a huge difference in my enjoying the
During the winter months, I enjoy restoring vintage
equipment. Here are pictures of the Collins S Line Station, the
Drake R4B RX/TX station, the TR-4 transceiver, along with both
the analog and digital versions of the Yaesu FT-301's.