Our Stories
Bill Weinhardt W9PPG
Dale Bredon W6BGK 
Bob McDonald W4DYF
Charlie Curle AD4F
Jim Franklin K4TMJ 
Elmer Harger N7EL
Byron Engen W4EBA
Hank Greeb N8XX
Gene Gertler, AD2I
Richard Schachter W6HII
Dick Bender W3SYY
Tom Webb W4YOK 
Ron D' Eau Claire AC7AC
Ron Baker WA6AZN
Sam Whitley K5SW 
Gary Borri K9DBR
Steve Jensen W6RHM
Jim Leighty W6UJX
Dan Girand W5ARB
Dan Bathker K6BLG
Bill Bell KN2CZZ 
George Marko K2DWL  
Kenny Cassidy WN2WNC
Rick Faust N2RF
Fred Jensen K6DGW
Alvin Burgland W6WJ
Paul Signorelli W0RW
Jim Brown W5ZIT
Bob Rolfness W7AVK
Paul Danzer N1II
Charlie Lofgren W6JJZ
Joe Montgomery W1DWJ
Dick Dabney K6BZZ
Ray Cadmus W0PFO
John Johnston W3BE
Dan Smith K6PRK
Dick Zalewski W7ZR
Bob Brown W4YFJ
L.B. Cebik W4RNL (sk) 
Carl Yaffey K8NU 
Gary Liljegren W4GAL 
 Paul Johnston W9PJ
Jack Burks K4CNW
Al Cammarata W3AWU
Gene Schonrock W6EAJ
Dave Germeyer W3BJG 
David Quagiana K2MTW
Dan Schobert W9MFG
Jack Schmidling K9ACT
Dan Marks ex-K6IQF
Matt Wheaton W1EMM 
1951 - 1955
1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
1966 - 1970
1971 - 1975
1976 - 1980
1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

George Marko, K2DWL
(ex-KN2DWL, 1953)

My first home rig was the Eldico TR-75 TV and the Hallicrafter S-40B and the antenna was a 40 foot long wire feed with approximately 20 ft. of rubber insulated 18 ga. wire and a trusty knife switch for the changeover.

KN2DWL's QSLMy first contacts made were from Bayonne Tech school station as the Eldico TR-75TV that I had built from Kit form didn't work on first fire up. With the help of a TV service man and fellow ham we found the RF choke in the final stage to be open. At that time school was in summer recess and I was left to the local amateurs for help.  My novice days were limited .

As soon as I went back to school in September I went for my general class license and passed it on the first try.  The school equipment was all military surplus and the most exotic piece was the BC-610 which was in an area by itself and you had to be a General Class to use it . The teacher , Mr Mack ,was often found working the ham bands in the mornings before school .
The most intimidating thing of going to the FCC in NYC was not the test itself but Mr. Finkelman, the FCC engineer in charge of giving the tests. He wore dark horn rimmed glasses and walked the isle as the code test was given and it seemed as though he was going to flunk you by the way he looked at you . It was just the way he looked that got you nervous and you would miss a letter or number . In those days there were no multiple choice questions on the code exam . You had to copy 1 minute solid otherwise you failed the test .

If you missed a letter that started the next sequence of solid copy and they would send 10 minutes of code.  It was also a time when we went every weekend to NYC and Radio Row just to browse the surplus and look candy eyed at all the commercial transmitters and receivers on the market . You were like a kid in a candy factory !