W4BRX 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 ARRL
         
 

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 rig in the shack is a Yaesu FTdx-3000D along with a number of vintage Heathkit rigs.

The addition of the small Ameritron AL-811 in the shack has made a huge difference in my enjoying the hobby.

During the winter months, I enjoy restoring vintage equipment. Here are pictures of the Drake R4B RX/TX station, the TR-4 transceiver, the Yaesu FT-101B, along with both the analog and digital versions of the Yaesu FT-301's.