Currently living and working in Singapore and cross-licensed as 9V1TD. Rigs are the full line of Softrocks RXTX and two Peaberrys. Antenna limitations restrict me to pretty much WSPR operation and most of my time is spent with my homebrew lab equipment measuring and trying to optimize SDR performance.
Back at the US Home
The KWM2A/SB220 shack is at my Dad's (K8ZID) house at the license address. Like me, he too had lapsed for a few years but at least he maintained his license. So in 2009 when I found myself with a few months of free time, we worked together to get an old SB-101 running, erected a multi-band antenna, and resurrected a 2 meter rig. I applied myself and got relicensed and we were on the air. The SB-200 was a half-constructed wreck that had apparently been dropped, frame distorted, parts missing, a mess. We got it going too and the whole thing works great now. I get back for visits every few months and enjoy re-living my 40 meter DX days around 7002 back in 1968.
Then Dad went a little nuts on eBay and found a non-working KWM-2A and SB-220 that had been partially converted to 6 meters. We spent the better part of a year gathering parts, rebuilding and restoring, painting and re-filling the engraving. The result is a fully operational 2KW PEP station ala 1972 and it works great.
I was first licensed in 1966 and used Dad's rig at the time. It was an old Hallicrafters S-38 and HT-40 combo. I remember I had one crystal at 3705 and what a wonderful time. The next year I got a General and, in addition to enjoying operating, I began to repair electronics for other folks, especially CB radios the neighbors brought in. One day a guy asked me if I had a license to do this type of work and I pointed to my Ham license. He said "no no, you need a commercial license". I did some reading and indeed it was true.
So I studied for a while and earned a First Class Radiotelephone license so I could legally do the work. It was only after I had the license that I found out this was a meal ticket in the broadcast industry. So, in 1970, the day after I graduated high school I started a 25 year broadcast career as a "cameraman" at WAKR-TV, channel 23 in Akron, OH. From there I went to Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Today I work for a broadcast manufacturer in Singapore and represent their equipment in Northern Asia.
Dad is still active and we are building a collection of vintage tube type transceivers. It is sort of a Noah's Ark of old rigs. Two of each, one for restoring and one for parts. So far the inventory (unless Dad has been back on eBay) is two SB-100 series, two HW100, two TR4, and two KWM2. Only the heathkits have been fully restored a lot of work left to do on the others.
The pix are from my Asia travels. Hope to catch you on 40 CW from somewhere in Mongolia soon.
Just added a picture of the Drake TR4-C in the second operating position (Dad's kitchen :-) ). Just finished restoring this one and having a lot of fun with it. kinda still prefer the Heathkits though. I guess it is what you are used to
Summary of my home Beijing shack.
A TR4-C just finished restoring. Note the fancy stand for the transceiver!
The first restoration station: SB101/SB200 combo
Preferred operating position at Dad's house.
At the Great Wall in China
Gingis Khan statue on the prairie east of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
Precarious hold on the rim of the Grand Canyon
Chili Crab in Singapore
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