WUI HAM RADIO INSTALLATIONS

over the years at www.w0ui.com

WUI "Woody"
at www.w0ui.com

The following pictures are a sort of biography showing my progression through this great hobby 
of amateur radio from my humble beginnings in the early 1960's through today.
The QTH is  2133-meters / 7000-feet  above sea-level 
ITU Region 2  --   ITU Zone 7 -- CQ Zone 4 -- Grid DM.79.PJ

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QSL OK via direct or via Bureau


 
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The 1966-1967 ham shack as it appears today:
 

Above right:  The 1966-1967 ham shack as it appears today.
(See additional photos below)
Left-to-Right
(1958)
JOHNSON VIKING ADVENTURER transmitter,  (1962) HAMMARLUND HQ-110c receiver, 
My grandfather's, Ken, (KIA WW2) 1930's Signal Electric lacquered brass Model R-63 hand key and 
my 1956 Vibroplex Blue Racer bug.
The Heathkit HD-1410 keyer was a gift from my wife years ago.  (CLICK for partial schematic)
My father, Ralph, had made the desk in woodshop while attending Ann Arbor (Michigan) High School in about 1936.  
He had "donated" it for my shortwave listening (SWL) in about 1963 which continued throughout my amateur radio career to this day.
My grandfather, Arthur, signed and dated his new clock when he was 44-years old, in June 1932 - well over eight decades ago.


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2015  (At age 60 now with 49 years in amateur radio)
 



Above - As of  Fall-2015
Center Console Top-to-Bottom Left-to-Right
:
Hammarlund S-200 speaker for either HQ-170a-VHF or (left) Collins 75a4 receiver.
Yaesu speaker/patch for FT-401b (lower center speaker) and
Yaesu speaker/patch for FT767gx transceiver (upper center speaker).
Collins speaker for Collins 75a4 (right)

Power/SWR meter, Switch to route keyer to one of four older tube rigs
MFJ-989D antenna tuner, Power/SWR meter atop Frequency Counter

RCL-10L remote antenna selector switch control box sitting atop a
Rotor Control for Ham IV rotor out on the tower  

(1960s) COLLINS 30L1 HF linear amplifier
MFJ-828 SWR meter
Tymeter 24-hour clock with 10-minute Call-ID timer  

(1976) Yaesu FT-401b HF transceiver, 
(1985)
Yaesu FT-767gxii 160-6 meter, VHF, UHF transceiver

Left-to-Right Main Row
(1959)
JOHNSON PACEMAKER HF transmitter with a
(19
65) HAMMARLUND HQ-170a-VHF receiver sitting atop it,
(195
8) COLLINS 75a4 receiver,
(Paired for CW, AM & SSB) 
and 
(1955)
COLLINS 75a4 receiver, (1957) JOHNSON VALIANT HF transmitter
with a Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver sitting atop of it
(Paired for CW & AM) with a (blue-faced) homemade antenna switch below it)

Left-to-Right on the desk itself

AEA Morse Machine MM-3 Electronic Keyer connected to the FT-767gx transceiver
MFJ-486 Grandmaster II electronic keyer connected to vintage tube equipment
Ham-Key dual/double paddle/hand-key
Brown Bros. CTL-B Ham-Key dual/double paddle/hand-key


2014 
(At age 59 now with 48 years in amateur radio)

Above - As of  Mid-2014
Left-to-Right Top Row:   

Astatic D-104 Silver Eagle Microphone atop of the
with Autek QF-1A active audio (notch) filter and MFJ-486 Grandmaster II Keyer atop of the
 (1976)
YAESU FT-401b
HF transceiver,  (1960s) COLLINS 30L1 HF linear amplifier, 
Ameritron RCS-10L Remote Antenna Switch and a Hy-Gain Ham-IV Rotor Control box,
MFJ-451 Morse Keyboard Controller (CLICK for manual)  

Two  (1988) Yaesu FT-767gxii 160-6 meter, VHF, UHF transceiver with Phone Patch Speaker and Microphone, 
Two 1972 Pennwood Numechron Tymeter Model 124
"digital" clocks atop Two Radio Shack Micronta Power/SWR meters


Left-to-Right Bottom Row
(1959)
JOHNSON PACEMAKER HF transmitter, (1964) HAMMARLUND HQ-170a-VHF receiver
(Paired for CW, AM & SSB) and 
(1957)
JOHNSON VALIANT HF transmitter,  (1977) Radio Shack Micronta HF Watt/SWR meter atop the (1955) COLLINS 75a4 receiver
(Paired for CW & AM)

Left-to-Right on the desk itself

 Older dual-boot Linux/Windows Toshiba Laptop for Internet during QSOs, 
Heathkit HD-1410 automatic keyer on the FT-401b (a gift from my wife years ago)  (CLICK for partial schematic)
Signal Electric Manufacturing Company Model R-48 standard brass hand-key on the Johnson Valiant transmitter,
The 1986 Vibroplex Vibrokeyer paddle from my mentor, Ernie Longman (w8da, sk),
AEA Morse Machine MM-3 Electronic Keyer on the bottom FT-767gx transceiver


Woody's test bench - Mid-2014


Left-to-Right Second Shelf  Linksys 16-port network switch, MFJ-249 SWR/antenna analyzer, Heathkit HD-10, HD-1410 keyers, parts bin, small amplifier for testing work done on electric guitars
On right shelves:  Yaesu YS-500 140-525 mHz SWR/Power meter, assorted 12vdc power supplies
Left-to-Right
First Shelf  Triplett Model 601 Type 2 VTVM, AEROFLEX IFR FM/AM-1100s SERVICE MONITOR, Tektronix 2246 100-mHz Oscilloscope
On desk:  YAESU FT-401b HF transceiver


Below Left:  Woody operating Field Day 2013      
Below Right:  Woody at a Rodeo - Summer, 2013

Woody (w0ui) during the June, 2013 ARRL Field Day event

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THAT I HAVE OR HAVE OWNED OVER THE YEARS
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EF JOHNSON VIKING ADVENTURER TRANSMITTER

EF JOHNSON VIKING VALIANT TRANSMITTER

EF JOHNSON 
VIKING PACEMAKER TRANSMITTER

YAESU FT-401b
(RESTORE)
"Silver Faced" Transceiver

YAESU FT-767gx Transceiver

HAMMARLUND HQ-110c RECEIVER

HAMMARLUND HQ-170 RECEIVER


HAMMARLUND HQ-170a-VHF RECEIVER
   

COLLINS 75a4 RECEIVER

COLLINS 30L1 HF AMPLIFIER

AEROFLEX IFR FM/AM-1100s SERVICE MONITOR

WOODY HOMEBREW SWITCHBOX
Heathkit GP-11 12vdc PS


To see the antenna installations currently at wui, CLICK HERE
Above:  This photo was taken during the evening gloaming during the summer, 2013.
Above center:  GAP Voyager DX-4 (45-foot tall) Vertical
for 1.8  through 14 mHz
Above left:  Tennadyne T-10 Eagle Log Periodic
for 13.5 through 32 mHz - plus 10 mHz
on a Tri-Ex T-51 crank up tower and rotated with a HAM-IV rotator
Wire antennas are "Double Bazooka" monoband wire antennas for 160, 80, 60, 40 and 30 meters


2014 
(At age 59 now with 48 years in amateur radio)

Above - As of  Mid-2014
Left-to-Right Top Row:   

Astatic D-104 Silver Eagle Microphone atop of the
with Autek QF-1A active audio (notch) filter and MFJ-486 Grandmaster II Keyer atop of the 
(1976) YAESU FT-401b
HF transceiver,  (1960s) COLLINS 30L1 HF linear amplifier, 
MFJ-451 Morse Keyboard Controller (CLICK for manual),  Ameritron RCS-10L Remote Antenna Switch and a Hy-Gain Ham-IV Rotor Control box, 

Two  (1988) Yaesu FT-767gxii 160-6 meter, VHF, UHF transceiver with Phone Patch Speaker and Microphone, 
Two 1972 Pennwood Numechron Tymeter Model 124
"digital" clocks atop Two Radio Shack Micronta Power/SWR meters


Left-to-Right Bottom Row
(1959)
JOHNSON PACEMAKER HF transmitter,  (1964) HAMMARLUND HQ-170a-VHF receiver
(Paired for CW, AM & SSB) and 
(1957)
JOHNSON VALIANT HF transmitter,  (1977) Radio Shack Micronta HF Watt/SWR meter atop the (1955) COLLINS 75a4 receiver
(Paired for CW & AM)

Left-to-Right on the desk itself

 Older dual-boot Linux/Windows Toshiba Laptop for Internet during QSOs, 
Heathkit HD-1410 automatic keyer on the FT-401b (a gift from my wife years ago)  (CLICK for partial schematic)
Signal Electric Manufacturing Company Model R-48 standard brass hand-key on the Johnson Valiant transmitter,
The 1986 Vibroplex Vibrokeyer paddle from my mentor, Ernie Longman (w8da, sk),
AEA Morse Machine MM-3 Electronic Keyer on the bottom FT-767gx transceiver





 
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2012 
(At age 57 with 46 years in amateur radio)
Below
- November, 2012
Ham shack as of Thanksgiving, 2012

Left-to-Right Top Row:   
 (1976)
YAESU FT-401b HF transceiver with Autek QF-1A active audio (notch) filter,
AEA Morse Machine MM-3 Electronic Keyer atop the
(1960s)
COLLINS 30L1 HF linear amplifier,  Hy-Gain Ham-IV Rotor Control box March, 1972 Pennwood Numechron Tymeter Model 124 "digital" clock atop MFJ-486 Grandmaster II Keyer atop the 
(198
8) Yaesu FT-767gxii 160-6 meter, VHF, UHF transceiver
Left-to-Right Bottom Row
(1959)
JOHNSON  PACEMAKER HF transmitter, (1959) HAMMARLUND HQ-170 receiver, (1957) JOHNSON VALIANT HF transmitter, (1977) Radio Shack Micronta HF Watt/SWR meter atop the (1955) COLLINS 75a4 receiver
The
1986 Vibrokeyer paddle is from my mentor, Ernie Longman (w8da, sk)


2006  (At age  51 with 40 years in amateur radio)
Below:  My oldest grandson investigates the radios (while all in the powered off state)



The hamshack has not changed much over the past few years.
There had not been a lot of time for amateur radio due to professional and personal commitments.
w0ui in early 2006
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Yaesu Ft-401b transceiver, Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins 30L-1 amplifier, Johnson Valiant transmitter
Second row L-R:  Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver

w0ui in early 2006
w0ui in early 2006  

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2004  (At age 49 with 38 years in amateur radio)
The hamshack has not changed much over the past few years.
There had not been a lot of time for amateur radio due to professional and personal commitments.

2003 
(At age 48 with 37 years in amateur radio)
 

Above: After reducing the hamshack considerably, 
the above pictures reflect Woody's amateur radio installation as of the summer of 2003.
Top shelf, L-R: Johnson Valiant HF transmitter, MFJ Grandmaster II keyer,
homebrew HF antenna tuner, homebrew HF linear amplifier.
Middle shelf, L-R: Collins 75a-4 HF receiver, Hammarlund HQ-170 HF receiver
Bottom shelf, L-R: Collins 30L-1 HF linear, Yaesu FT-767gxii HF, VHF, UHF transceiver

2002  (At age 47 with 36 years in amateur radio)

Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Ranger transmitter, Johnson Valiant transmitter, Collins 75a4 receiver
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Collins 30L-1 amplifier, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver



Above: After retiring from Avaya during the summer of 2001, 
I began downsizing the amateur radio installation. 
As of 2002, the installation appeared as above. 
Remaining equipment included the Johnson Ranger transmitter / Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver (along the left) 
and the Johnson Valiant transmitter paired with the Collins 75A-4 receiver (main level bottom right). 
The Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver remains as the primary rig. 
The Collins 30L-1 linear amplifier has replaced the Dentron GLA-1000B that was sold during 2001.

2000  (At age 45 with 34 years in amateur radio)

Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter with Collins 75a4 receiver sitting on top
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Valiant transmitter, Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Thunderbolt amplifier
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier



Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter with Collins 75a4 receiver sitting on top
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Valiant transmitter, Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Thunderbolt amplifier
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier
Top row L-R: Collins HF-380 transceiver, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver

Above: Equipment during 2000 was strongly similar to that from 1999.
Added back into the lineup on the top shelf was the Rockwell/Collins HF-380 transceiver

1999  (Age 44 with 33 years in amateur radio)


  

Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter with Collins 75a4 receiver sitting on top
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Valiant transmitter, Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Thunderbolt amplifier
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier
Top row L-R: Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver (two)


The 1999 ham radio lineup included 
(L-to-R) the Collins KWS-1 killowatt HF transmitter and matching Collins 75A-4 HF receiver and speaker. 
Along the main level of the operating console were the Johnson Valiant and Johnson Pacemaker transmitters. 
The Pacemaker was paired with the matching Johnson Thunderbolt linear amplifier. 
On the second level (L-to-R) was the Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver paired with the Johnson Ranger transmitter. 
The Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver was paired with the Dentron GLA-1000B linear amplifier. 
Along the top row was the home made antenna switcing box, various power/SWR meters, 
antenna rotor controls, Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver and my packet stations. 
There were two packet stations: 
One 14.105 HF KNode packet cross connecting to area VHF nodes and 
the other similar assembly HF-to-VHF Knode for US Army MARS packet use.

   




1998 (At age 43 with 32 years in amateur radio)



Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter with Collins 75a4 receiver sitting on top
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Valiant transmitter, Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Thunderbolt amplifier
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier
Top row L-R: Rockwell/Collins HF-380 transceiver, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver (two)

1997 (At age 42 with 31 years in amateur radio)
 
Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Collins 75a4 receiver, Johnson Ranger  transmitter, Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Thunderbolt amplifier
Second row L-R: Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier, Collins HF-380 transceiver
Top row L-R: Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver

1994 (At age 39 with 28 years in amateur radio)

Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Collins HF-380 transceiver
Second row L-R: Dentron GLA1000b amplifier, Collins 75a4 receiver, Heathkit HR-1680 receiver
Top row L-R: Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier



Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Ranger transmitter on top, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver, Collins HF-380 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Hammarlund HQ-170 receiver
Top row L-R: Icom IC-730 transceiver

1993 (At age 38 with 27 years in amateur radio)

Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Johnson Pacemaker transmitter, Johnson Ranger transmitter on top, Yaesu FT-757 transceiver, Collins HF-380 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver
Top row L-R: Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier, Icom IC-730 transceiver


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1991   (At age 36 with 25 years in amateur radio)
 

Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Yaesu FT-767gx transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier, Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter

Below:  Our young son tunes around the band enjoying all the funny noises in his ears.


Above on Left: Johnson Ranger transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-730 transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins KWS-1 transmitter

1990   (Age at 35 with 24 years in amateur radio)

Above on Left: Johnson Ranger transmitter
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-730 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins KWS-1 transmitter, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier

1989  
(At age  34 with 23 years in amateur radio)

Above on Left: Johnson Ranger transmitter and Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-730 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins KWS-1 transmitter, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier





Above on Left: Johnson Ranger transmitter and Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-730 transceiver
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins KWS-1 transmitter, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier

1988   (At age 33 with 22 years in amateur radio)
The hamshack changed a bit in the late 1980s with the additional of the Collins KWS-1 transmitter. 
Also added for a short time was the Hammarlund HX-50 transmitter.


Above on Left: Collins KWS-1 transmitter with Collins 75a4 sitting on top of it
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-730 transceiver
Second row L-R:  Hammarlund HX-50 transmitter with a Johnson Matchbox antenna tuner sitting on top, Johnson Ranger transmitter, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier





1986 (At age 31 with 20 years in amateur radio)
Below Left: The Collins 32V2 transmitter had been abandoned by the Red Cross and found a new home in my shack. Also during this year we visited Ernie Longman, W8DA, in his Gull Lake (Michigan) ham shack.
 
Above L-R Bottom Row:  Icom IC-701 transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier
Second row L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Collins 32v2 transmitter with Johnson Ranger transmitter on top



 
W8DA gear - Above L-R:  Drake R4b receiver, Drake T4X transmitter, Drake L4b amplifier

1984   (At age 29 with 18 years in amateur radio)
Longsuffering has always been a trait of my wife, Lorelei. Allowing the hamshack into the bedroom provided me with hours of late night hamming (with headphones, of course) but, non-the-less, the clicks of the key often disturbed her sleep.

Above L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter with Icom IC-701 transceiver on top
 

Above L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Johnson Ranger transmitter with Icom IC-701 transceiver on top



   
Above L-R: Collins 75a4 receiver, Icom IC-701 transceiver, Dentron GLA-1000b amplifier

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1983 (At age 28 with 17 years in amateur radio)

 
Above L-R: Heathkit HA-10 Warrior amplifier, Collins 75a4 receiver, Johnson Valiant transmitter



Above L-R: Heathkit HA-10 Warrior amplifier, Collins 75a4 receiver with Icom IC-701 transceiver on top
Top right: Ten-Tec PM2a QRP transceiver


 


BELOW:  Deep inside a now retired federal government communications facility.
This facility hosted a number of significant communications consoles.
The consoles and communications equipment sported impressive technologies for that era.
 


IN 1983 I HAD STARTED TO PLAY A LARGER ROLE IN THE DENVER RADIO CLUB (DRC)
Below Left:  A picture taken of the 1982 DRC Club Station (then at the Mile High Red Cross office)
was used in the creation of the DRC QSL card (below, right)
 
The Club callsign, w0tx, was and is used during standard club events (Field Days, Sweepstakes, demonstrations, etc.)

The DRC callsign, w0oui, (QSL card below) was and is used during emergency communications needs.




Above L-R:  Icom 701 transceiver, 
On shelf above: TenTec PM2a QRP transceiver, Cubic CIR Astro-200a transceiver on top
For the CIR Astro 200a, see also eHAM 

1982   (At age 27 with 16 years in amateur radio)

Above L-R: Heathkit HA-10 Warrior amplifier,  Icom IC-701 transceiver
Top right: Ten-Tec PM2a QRP transceiver




Above L-R:  TenTec PM2a QRP transceiver, 
Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver with a Cubic CIR Astro-200a transceiver on top 

For the CIR Astro 200a, see also eHAM 


1979
(At age 24 with 13 years in amateur radio)
The hamshack when living at the north end of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Above: Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver


1977
(At age 22 with 11 years in amateur radio)
My hamshack had its first computer addition during 1977 when I brought home a new 
Radio Shack TRS-80 Level One computer to learn about. 
This was during the CB boom and a 23-channel Realistic TRC-57 base station joined the lineup.

Above L-R: Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver, Yaesu FTdx-560 transceiver
Radio Shack TRS-80 computer, monitor and keyboard


Mid-1976
No Pictures found (yet): Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver, Eico 720 transmitter

WILSON MARK II and MARK IV 
2-meter Handie-Talkies

I expect "someday" to restore my mid-1970s era Wilson HT radios.
These two six-channel crystal-controlled radios did not have tone (Private Line, PL) boards.
I have a tone-board to install for one of them but the effort pending

1972   (At age 17 with six years in amateur radio)

Above L-R: Heathkit HW-16 transceiver, Eico 723 transmitter
Top right: Ten-Tec PM2a QRP transceiver



Above L-R: World Radio Labs (WRL) Globe Scout transmitter, Allied Knight-Kit R55a receiver
Top right: Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver

SPRING, 1967   (At age 12 with one year in amateur radio)
Below: For my 12th birthday, my father RALPH purchased a used Hammarlund HQ-110C HF receiver 
from Tony Lameika (WA8GQY) for $100. 
How amazing it was to move from my Star Roamer to a "real" amateur radio receiver!

 
Above L-R: Johnson Adventurer transmitter, Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver



   
Above L-R: Johnson Adventurer transmitter, Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver

Also during 1967, I moved my bedroom (and hamshack) to a different location in the house.

Above L-R: Johnson Adventurer transmitter, Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver

WINTER, 1966 - First licensed
Below: At age 11 my new FCC Novice License arrived on a Saturday.
Late that dark, cold and blustery December night  my mentor, Ernie Longman (W8DA, W8SCU) 
came over late Saturday evening and hooked up the Johnson Adventurer transmitter.
After showing me how things worked,  I called my first CQ! 
What a thrill, I had earned my ham radio license and was now on the air.
 
Above L-R: Johnson Adventurer transmitter, Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver

Below: My amateur radio mentor, ERNIE LONGMAN (W8DA) 
and his amateur installation at his Gull Lake, Michigan chteau. 

My Mentor, W8DA, hamshack above L-R: Drake L4b amplifier, Drake R4b receiver, Drake T4x transmitter, Collins 32s3 receiver


Below:  In 1967 I set up a ham shack upstairs at W8DA's Gull Lake, Michigan cottage
 
Above L-R: Heathkit DX-40 transmitter, Hammarlund HQ-110c receiver

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Summer, 1966 - Shortwave Listening (SWL)

My Allied 1965 Knight-Kit Star Roamer was joined by a 1937 Philco 37-60 Cathedral receiver.
I had bought the Philco at a Methodist Church rummage sale for 50-cents.
During this era, Popular Electronics magazine was offering callsigns for Shortwave Listeners.
After registering for one, I was issued WPE8JFQ.
Since I already had QSL cards for my personally made-up WL8AA and 
since I was expecting to get my ham license soon 
I never really used it much, though.

 

 

 

Above L-R: Philco 37-60 cathedral receiver, W8DA home-brew receiver, Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver


Above L-R: Philco 37-60 cathedral receiver and Allied Knight-Kit Star Roamer receiver

1963 (Age 8)
Below: I started learning the morse code and playing amateur radio operator. 
In this same era, I built my first radio receiver from a schematic I found in a Boy's Life SIGNALING magazine. 
My first homebrew receiver, built on a rough board, received local AM broadcast stations. 
My Shortwave Listener cards (SWL) featured my made up callsign (WL8AA... "the L stands for Listener").


Above L-R: 1930s receiver built by my grandfather, Dr. Arthur Woodhead
The rest is US Army World War II surplus equipment


 

 
Above:  AM broadcast receiver I built as part of a Cub Scout project at about age 7


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