Our Stories
 Bernie Huth W4BGH
 Bill Penhallegon W4STX
 Mike Branca W3IRZ
 Woody Pope ex-KN5GCM
 Ken Barber W2DTC
 Wayne Beck K5MB 
 Chuck Counselman W1HIS
 Dan Cron W6SBE
 Keith Synder KE7IOW
 Cam Harriot KI6WK 
 Ray Colbert W5XE 
 Slim Copeland K4KCS
 Dean Norris K7NO 
 John Fuller K4HQK
 Bill Tippett W4ZV
 Paula Keiser K8PK
 Mickey LeBoeuf K5ML
 Jim Cadien KC7ZMV
 Tony Rogozinski W4OI 
 Norm Goodkin K6YXH
 Doug Millar K6JEY
 Richard Cohen K6DBR
 Dick Newsome W0HXL
 Jeff Lackey K8CQ
 John Miller K6MM
 Al Burnham K6RIM 
 Jeff Wolf K6JW
 Jay Slough K4ZLE
 Mike Chernus K6PZN
 Richard Dillman W6AWO
 Stan Miln K6RMR 
 George Ison K4ZMI
 Don Minkoff NK6A  
 Tom Wilson K7FA
 Glen Zook K9STH
 Val Erwin W5PUT 
 Chas Shinn W7MAP/5
 Dean Straw N6BV
 Art Mouton K5FNQ
 Bob Silverman WA6MRK
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH
1951 - 1955
1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
1966 - 1970
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1976 - 1980
1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

Ray Colbert, W5XE
(formerly KN4LNE, 1956)

I started in the early 50's as a SWL and in 1954 my folks got me a Hallicrafters S85 receiver which was a dream after using a table model RCA broadcast radio with a mystery third knob.  When I had that 3rd knob turned, the fascinating world of shortwave and hams came blasting thru.  I could hear the code but unable to copy as there
 was no BFO.  The S85 resolved that.  One of the people I met in 1955 lived nearby and was a ham W4ENC - Elmer Beck.  Elmer loaned me a oscillator-buzzer to practice and in March 1956 along with Dan Smith (now K4JJF) took our Novice tests.  I had studied the theory and thought the code but did not allow for nerves.  Dan Passed and I didn't.  Went back to Elmer after the 30 days and took the test again.  Passed but the wait was enormous - some 20 weeks til the paper with KN4LNE appeared.  

By that time, I had a WRL Globe Chief 90 to go with the receiver and a host of crystals (most I still have) for 80, 40 and 15 meters.  This was 1956.  In February 1957, I took my Conditional test and was soon on the fone bands - mostly 75 meters.  I attribute my start in amateur radio to a career in government communications as a cw radio op in the Air Force and later with the FBI.  

After entering on duty with the FBI and the engineers indicated having a ham license was a big help, my duty station was Albuquerque NM and when the FCC visited in March 1968, I took the General, Advanced, Extra (had to take all since I only had a conditional) 3rd and 2nd Radiotelegraph all at one sitting.  Made for a very long day.  Over the years, I operated from Shemya Alaska as KL7FBI, Germany as DL4MQ and DJ0MQ, Albuquerque as W5QYK, Los Angeles as W6NJP, El Paso Tx again as W5QYK, and when eligible in 1977 applied for and received my present call W5XE.

Thanks for making the site available.

Ray, W5XE
"Politicians are like nappies.  Both should be changed regularly -- and for the same reason"
former cw op kki73, kkj67, kmi66, kmi66a, kge22
Ray Colbert, W5XE, OOTC#3618, SOWP#1064M GQRP 6115
ARCI-5784 fp #111 NCT2R El Paso, (FAR WEST) TEXAS