||1956 - The beginning: SWLing
1957 - My Elmer - Gary, K2UZJ
Gary, K2UZJ In Action
My 1st License: WV2BQJ Issued on 8/21/1958
1958 My First Station
Me pulling in the rare ones!
WA2BQJ, 1st Issued 7/30/1959
WV2BQJ/WA2BQJ QSL Card
- First became interested in Amateur Radio in the mid-50s as a teenager living in Syracuse, NY
- Started Short Wave Listening on a classic Hallicrafters S-38E receiver in 1956
- Best high school buddy (Gary Lindstrom, K2UZJ) became my first Elmer
- Obtained my Novice license, WV2BQJ, in 1958
- Upgraded to General Class, WA2BQJ, in 1959
- Station consisted of a Heathkit DX-40 transmitter, Hallicrafters SX-99 Receiver, Autek QF-1 Q-Multiplier, and a 66ft. end fed long wire at 25 ft
- Moved to Cleveland, OH in 1968 and operated as WB8CHZ for 3 years, only on 6M using a Heathkit 6M "Benton Harbor Lunchbox"
- In 1973 relocated to Philadelphia, PA, operating as WA3VTM, solely on 2M
- Headed west to California in 1976, where I obtained my first "6=Land" callsign, WA6OMA.
- In 1981, upgraded to Advanced Class as KE6MI
- Station consisted of Yaesu FT101E and Hustler 4-BTV antenna
- Operated until 1990 then dropped out of the hobby because of heavy work-related travel
- In July, 2005, decided to "Go The Extra Mile", and passed the Extra Class license exam
- After meeting with the family of Silent Key, William Marcum, the original holder of the callsign K6MM, I applied for and was assigned the vanity callsign K6MM on July 8, 2005
- You can see my tribute to William Marcum here. I am honored to be able to put his callsign back on the air again, as a DXer, Contester, and Rag-chewer.
WB8CHZ, Issued 11/5/1968
WA3VTM, Issued 11/27/1973
WA3VTM QSL Card
WA6OMA, Issued 7/12/1976
WA6OMA QSL Card
KE6MI, Issued 12/1/1981
KE6MI QSL Card
K6MM, Issued 7/8/2005
K6MM Direct QSL
K6MM eQSL Card