My Ham Shack

My Ham Shack

As a teenager growing up in India in the 80’s and 90’s, my fascination with electronics started when I saw a walkie-talkie that a senior student had built in high school. I saw two students communicating with a plastic lunch-box that was converted into a small AM radio transceiver set. I just couldn’t sleep that night wondering how they did that. All of my childhood years, I was that kid who wanted to know how things work by opening every device up. This included old mechanical wind-up clocks to AM radios. Even my mom’s singer sewing machine wasn’t spared.

To quench my thirst of learning electronics, I ended up reading everything I could find that was related to electronics including borrowing my uncle’s army communications manuals which were extremely dry and focused mostly on tubes. As I got into college, I got really good with electronics and opened up a TV & Radio repair shop. During this time, I met a freshman student (Prince C.U.) who later became a good friend who was into Ham radio and introduced me to a local Ham. This OM (call sign escapes me) gave me a QRP transmitter PCB which he said he didn’t need and wasn’t able to successfully utilize because of the final stage transistor (BD139) on the schematic kept getting ruined due to excessive heat. For some reason, I got lucky and did not have to contend with the same issue. I built a big heat-sink and put the VFO inside an aluminum can. I connected the transmitter (AM on 40 Meter band) to a dipole that stretched across two coconut trees and was able to interrupt two Hams having a QSO. They were gracious enough to let me off the hook since I did not have my ticket yet. After which I started learning CW (morse code) but never got a chance to take the exam. Right after I got out of college, I emigrated to the USA and my dream of becoming a Ham took a back seat.

Twenty-odd years later, in December 2019; I decided to get my ticket and passed both my Technician and General class tests together. In March 2020, I got my first HF rig – an ICOM IC-7300 which has already served me up with a handful of exhilarating QSOs. (Conversations). My Antenna is a 55 foot rectangular loop in the attic driven by a window line.

Here You’ll find my current QSO log from qrz.com – Thanks for visiting!

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