My radio, Icom IC-7300 Navassa 5 with 6 meters
QSL via LoTW, eQSL and Direct. My logging program notifies
HRDlog and Club Log
after each QSO.
I do not use buros. If
Direct, within the U.S.A. please include an SASE; DX
stations should send an SAE and one IRC or green stamp, if you
must have a paper QSL. My paper QSL will be very generic
with the appropriate information to confirm the contact. I
much prefer to use internet confirmation methods. What would you expect from a station with
IBM in its call!
in amateur radio dates back to 1952 at age 13 in Livingston,
N.J. At that time I was experimenting building crystal set
radios and one day I heard a loud station sounding like Donald
Duck! I could copy this station with a short wire antenna. I
quickly got on my bicycle and rode around the neighborhood to
see if I could find out where it was coming from. After about a
half an hour, I came upon a house with a huge antenna that was
far too big to be to be a TV antenna. I rang the doorbell,
fully expecting a large duck to appear. Instead, a very nice
lady listened to my story and said that she would get her
husband who may be able to help. That is how I met Gus, W2ICA.
He showed me his shack and his very impressive equipment. I was
hooked! By 1954 I had read every thing that I could find about
amateur radio, and managed to get my code speed up to five words
per minute. On Easter vacation I made the trip over to the
Federal Building in New York City, passed the exam, and was
assigned the call KN2IBM.
upgraded from Novice to Technician (another trip to NYC) became
K2IBM, and convinced some of my friends to get their licenses
and we would do our homework together on 220 mHz. I spent a lot
of time on 6 meters back in those days, working my share of DX.
After high school I went on to college and became the first
engineer for a closed circuit radio station at Drew University.
I built a 25 Watt AM transmitter that was coupled to the power
lines. We gave the station the call letters WERD, Drew spelled
backwards! I understand that after I graduated, in 1961, some
students put up an antenna and proceeded to broadcast with the
transmitter that I had built. It was heard on Long Island,
about 60 miles away, and also heard by the FCC. The college had
some explaining to do!
college I married my wife, N8DQX, and we joined the Peace
Corps in 1962. I had the opportunity to operate from Cumana,
Venezuela with a Venezuelan friend, Jose, YV7AX. The YV7 prefix
was rare, and every time I operated there was a pileup. This
was my first experience of being DX instead of chasing DX.
returned from two years of Peace Corps service and went to
graduate school at the University of Nebraska in 1964. This was
a time when the FCC was charging for amateur radio call renewal,
and since I was going to lose my call for a new zero call, I let
my license lapse. I didn’t have an minute to spare for the next
six years while my wife and I completed our doctorates in
Psychology. I taught for seven years, four in Nebraska and
three in my present home, Adrian, Michigan. One day while I was
teaching at Adrian College, a repairman for our IBM Selectric
typewriter was in the Psychology office doing his job. I must
have said something that was a phrase from amateur radio because
he dropped his screwdriver and exclaimed “Are you a HAM?” He
invited me to a meeting of the Adrian Amateur Radio Club and I
was hooked again. After several “8” calls, I regained my K2IBM
call as a previous call holder when the Vanity system was put in
place. I have remained active since 1974 enjoying may different
aspects of amateur radio. Currently I am very active with the
FT8 digital mode which teaches a lot about propagation and
antenna design. At 78 years of age and still counting, I am
just as excited about amateur radio as when I found Donald Duck!
CUL on the bands. Bob
Some places I have