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WB3LUI - 1980 - Novice - Age 16
This is the oldest radio shack photo I could find. There might be one somewhere else but I haven't found it yet. My original transceiver was a troublesome Swan 500C. It was time to bid farewell to the Swan when I received two OO reports for putting out a harmonic on 40 meters while on operating 80 meters.

Before you start laughing, here's the scoop on this Polaroid snap shot. This photo was taken early one morning in October 1980. I was probably working 10 meters CW at the time, my passion as a kid, when my father jumped in the room and surprised me. My mom wrote on the back on the photo "Ulis looks like he is loaded". Yea well what the hell do you expect at 7 AM in the morning mom? The truth is probably most hams look worse than this if you were a fly on the wall at 7AM. But I give my parents a lot of credit, the put up with a lot of noise from my bedroom. I guess that day it was just too much for the old folks.

Pictured is a trusty Kenwood TS-520SE. I am using a pathetic radio shack plastic straight key. After I got my first job, one of the first things I purchased was a keyer. I swore off those damn straight keys for the rest of my life. To me they are nothing more than a symbol of my life as an impoverished poor young ham.

WB3LUI - 1981 - Age 17
Upgraded to General and added a keyer (Heathkit). Life is great! The Shure 444 worked much better on the Kenwood TS520SE than the Astatic D104. I took out the pre-amp circuitry and used the D104 on an Icom IC2AT HT. Seemed to work pretty well but I never got the 2 meter bug. It sure seems like hams are a lot nicer these days to kids on 2 meters than they were back then. When I was a kid, a lot of hams, NOT ALL, treated young hams like they were intruding on their beloved hobby. Who knows why? Maybe it was the generation gap. I don't know. But amateur radio is paying the price now for not encouraging young hams back in those days. I always preferred CW as no one would know how old I was during a QSO.

WB3LUI - 1982 - Age 18
Added a Nye Viking phone patch to help out my friend Roberto YS4ADV and his family. Notice the Radio Shack Realistic DX160. My best remembered catch was listening to the Windward Island BC from Grenada on 15050 +/- or something like that.

One of my most rewarding experiences as a radio amateur came when I arranged schedules for two exchange students that attended high school with me at Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD. My first experience was in 1981 with an exchange student from Ghana. My classmate had only spoken to his mother once since he arrived to the USA and like any young boy he missed his family. I looked in the faithful Callbook for a radio amateur that was from

the same town as my classmate from Ghana. There were only 2 radio amateurs from his town. With a hope and a prayer, I dashed off a letter to this radio amateur in 9G-land explaining the situation. I set a date, time and freq that we could meet on the air. To my surprise on that pre-arranged day the OM in 9G-land showed up with my friend's mother in his shack. I quickly thanked him for helping and handed the microphone to my friend. What followed would show me the true value of amateur radio for the rest of my life. As my classmate was speaking to his mother, in what I assume was in "Twi", tears of joy began to fall down his cheek. For the remaining of the school year we arranged a few more schedules. It's strange, though I was a "DXer" I never bothered QSLing the ham in 9G-land. How possibly can a QSL be better than what I had experienced? One day I will have to look in my logbook and see if this ham in 9G-land is still active. I heard from my old classmate from Ghana a few years ago while he was doing his Doctoral in England. Unfortunately I have lost contact with him again. Perhaps he will find this little paragraph and know that I still remember those days fondly.

In 1982, during my senior high school year, I set up some phone patches for another classmate, Alejandro from Uruguay. Alex was always very happy to talk to his family and we became very good friends. Twenty years later, Alejandro and I still exchange correspondence via the Internet.

WB3LUI - 1988 - Age 24
By 1987, I had went away to college (Towson State University), graduated, traveled some and returned home.

Added some radio gear and sold some. Around 1983 I picked up my first digital receiver, a Sony ICF2001. Sold the 2001 and replaced it with a Uniden CR2010. Sadly the Uniden CR2010 later was stolen out of my bags while flying to Costa Rica after my luggage got lost. I also added the matching antenna tuner, AT-230, for the Kenwood TS520SE. Gave QRP a try with an Heathkit HW8. With my first paycheck out of college in 1987, I added the Kenwood TS440SAT with the Astron power supply. The Hallicrafters SX28 was a gift from my twin sisters godfather who had retired from the Voice of America. The SX28 today is still around, although a few years ago I loaned it indefinitely to my good friend Scott, W3CV. I just don't have the room right now for the SX28 and how can you get rid of a classic radio like that?

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WB3LUI - 1993
Here I am with my wonderful wife, Carmelina TI5CMA. In 1996 I took advantage of the vanity callsign program and changed my call sign to K3LU.
SWL DXpedition - December 1999
This photos was taken while up at Gifford Pinchot State Park, Pennsylvania on a SWL DXpedition with Hans Johnson and Dave Valko. We had a great time with some excellent openings to Euro Pirates and Asia in the early morning. The radio pictured is a Drake R8B. My big head is covering up a lap top that controls the R8B via Mark Fine's Smart R8 control. I had all the info at my finger tips.
W2W Pearl Harbor Special Event at HEMARC - December 2000
Operating this special event station was loads of fun! I joined the Historical Electronics Museum Radio Club (HEMARC) in 1996. After many years of searching for a radio club that did not spend all their time arguing about their 2 meter repeater. Stop by the museum if you are ever near the BWI Airport in Maryland. It is just minutes away!

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