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Mike Betz, WB8ZFQ
(formerly WN8OMS, 1964)

wn8omsMy interest in ham radio began in 1962 when some one gave me an old short wave radio. I enjoyed listing to international broadcasts and became WPE8GDY in March 1963. Being in high school I didn't have much of an income.  Some how I managed to save my coins to buy a Lafayette HE-40. It was then that I discovered these guys talking to each other all over the country. I learned about ham radio and started studying for my ticket. Using 78-RPM records I learned Morse code.  I got my Novice license, WN8OMS, in November 1964 while a high school senior.

The HE-40 was too broad for CW signals. Even though it has a BFO it really wasn't intended to be a communications receiver. This problem was fixed by using a Heathkit HD-11 Q-Multiplier. The Q-Multiplier adjusted the band pass by peaking one selected signal. This feature made many a poor receiver usable as a communication receiver especially for CW.

My transmitter was a Knight T-60. Novices in those days were limited to a maximum power of 75-watts, employing crystal control. The T-60 was an inexpensive rig that met these requirements and was therefore very popular.

My first contact was with WN9NDS, Rich in Indiana. Later I made some on air ham pals and we communicated regularly. By spring of 1965 I upgraded to Technician class and purchased a Heathkit "Twoer" for voice communications.

A year after graduating high school I was drafted into the Army during the Viet Nam War. I attended Army communications schools and maintained Air Defense Link communication for a Nike Hercules missile unit in Germany. Later, at Fort Knox, I worked on the VHF FM transceivers used in amour vehicles and jeeps. I was proud to wear the signal corps insignia. After the service I upgraded my ticket to Advance class and became WB8ZFQ.

wb8zfq-nowMany of us old time ham operators get the urge to reconstruct our novice station. All my original equipment was gone. It was a challenge to gather the gear from hamfests, eBay, and flea markets. In 2006 I enjoyed restoring my novice station of 1964. It brought back fond memories from forty-plus years ago.

My interest in radio/electronics has enabled me to stay employed in the electronics field all these many years. I look forward to retiring in a few years and spending more time hamming.


Mike Betz - WB8ZFQ

Galion, OH