Greater than 54 years of Ham Radio experience, so far.
Highlights of my life, so far.
I was born in Rhode Island. Ann & Hope was the place to shop. Diamond Hill was the place to snow ski. Moonstone Beach was the place to go for a swim. Jolly Cholly’s was the place to go for fast food. Rocky Point was the place to get a Shore Dinner of Chowder and Clam Cakes. I still enjoy Autocrat Coffee, Eclipse Coffee Extract, and Del’s Frozen Lemonade.
As a child, my family and I lived in Machiasport, Maine where I had a nice view of the construction activity as the US Navy and their contractors built Radio Station NAA across the bay in Cutler, Maine. My dreams and aspirations for antennas and towers are based on what I saw at that impressionable young age.
As a teenager my family and I lived in West Hartford, Connecticut where I connected with other young people who were on their way to becoming licensed ham radio operators. Our home was within walking distance of 276 Whitney Street (Hartford) where Mr. Hiram Percy Maxim, co-founder of the American Radio Relay League, lived three decades prior to my arrival.
I earned my Novice license and call sign WN1HOL in 1967. I upgraded to General and became WA1HOL. Advanced and Amateur Extra followed in the days of Incentive Licensing. My family and I moved to the Hartford suburb of Newington, Connecticut. The Maxim Memorial amateur radio station, W1AW, is located there along with the ARRL Headquarters
My ham radio station went dark for several years. I renewed my ham radio interests a few years ago and ordered by current call sign, AF3I, from the FCC under their Vanity Callsign program.
I lived happily ever after.
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