Hello, This is N0CXY from the Swan Pond here in western Iowa In America's Beautiful Heartland. Very early in Cub scouts my interest was sparked for radios with the building of a crystal radio for one of my badges. By the time I was 11 or 12 years old I was totally fascinated with electrical stuff and one day when I hauled some old junk to our garbage pit on the farm I found an old AM radio that was all broken and the power cord was gone. I took it home and removed all the broken cabinet as it was one of those plastic ones of those days. After some glue on a torn speaker, replacing a tube, cleaning all the junk and dirt out of it, and putting a power cord on it that I cut off and old lamp I plugged it in and it all lit up but got no stations. After some fiddling I discovered that a piece of cardboard with some wire wrapped on it was necessary to hear radio stations. Walla I discovered antenna's and there great importance to the operation of radios. WOW I used that radio for some years as I was so proud and the electronic career was born. The antenna I use while mobile is the Swantenna fully adjustable for all bands and it does a really nice job with my Swan 350D.
My Fixed Antennas are the Cushcraft R7 Vertical and the MA5B Cushcraft Beam. during childhood and school I worked on an old TV set from the neighbors, built a Heathkit transistor FM radio and various other stuff and after graduation from High school I decided to enlist in the Air Force in electronics Early Warning Radar to learn how it all worked. After the schooling and at my first assignment in 1963 I managed to pass the code and test for the ham ticket and received my first call.
My license is a General class and I was never very good at Code and was to slow to get much out of it. Today I could not even do the code unless I practiced a long time. My first interest was HF and still is and for many years before I received my Ham ticket I was and avid SWL with and old wooden Philco radio early 50's I believe that was about 3 feet long 1 1/2 foot high and about that width. I fell asleep many nights with that running. The antenna was a wire stung from my window out to several trees and was probably about 60 feet long. With that was the ground rod outside the window about 6 feet long connected to the radio also. It worked real well and listened to stations from all over the world. My favorite band is 20 and that is about all I operate. I have been a Licensed operator since 1964 and have had calls, WA0POG my first, AK1KB my Alaska Mars, WB7NKV from Washington and finally N0CXY the call I got after retiring from the Air Force in 1981. I still have the first commercial radio I purchased from WRL in 1964, a Swan 240, along with many other Swans purchased later on. I love the glow in the dark radios and if the glow is there I am on the air. I also have a Swan 350, 350D, 400 and 500C along with the Swan accessories and meters etc.
I also am working on an old 1953 Rambler I am restoring as I had one of them when my wife and I had our first date. We got a second one after we were married and stationed at my first assignment in Burns Oregon and then when I seen this one several years ago I just had to have it.
Now that I am fully retired I have purchased and old 1954 Ford 640 tractor like dad had that I am restoring along with a hay rack that I am rebuilding and setting up for hayrides on birthdays and so forth. I have used it that way twice for two of the grandchildren and once for a Youth group to go around Christmas caroling and in several church parades. My wife, Mickey (Carol) and I have been married 60 years this year and we have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Recently I found the ARMS Christian fellowship net on 14.3075 Mhz at 1500 GMT Every day except Sunday and I am the Friday NCS so come on down. If you find yourself on 20 and hear my call drop on in and say Hi.
Updated 2 May 2022