My Ham Shack - Your Shack. Pictures. Blogs. Projects.

Jerry Colton
General Class
N1TKO United States

View Profile
Viewed 7750 times


View All 20 Pictures


View All 20 Connections

Request Connection


Other Callsigns

My Ham Radio Interests
Ham Radio is one of the most fascinating hobbies in the world. Since I first became a "Ham" in 1978 I have made thousands of friends around the globe. My very first year in ham radio I became a Net Control station for the Maritime Mobile Service Net on 20 meters and also did NCS duty on the Intercontinental Net. That was long before the invention of cell phones and we on the net ran hundreds of phone patches for folks in remote villages and research stations. Ham Radio has changed a lot over the years. I took 7 years off away from radio and when I got "the bug" and just had to get back on the air, it was like having to learn everything all over again. When I returned, the FCC had just done away with the Code requirements for a license. So I returned to a hostile environment! A lot of the old timers didn't like the "No Code" rule and were very vocal about it on the air. Myself, it doesn't really matter that much. I figure that the No Code rule will bring more operators to the hobby. I love CW and I still work it today. My Elmer was N1DW, a fellow by the name of Don Wiggins. Not only was he very proficient at CW, but his knowledge of electronic theory never ceased to amaze me. I learned so much from Don and I am very, very thankful for his help.
In October my family and I moved from Lowell, Ma to Haverhill, Ma.. Haverhill is about 18 miles from Lowell. I'm in heaven here at the new QTH! Haverhill is a great city. My home is located a few miles from "downtown". I'm surrounded by horse farms here in the outskirts. Simply beautiful.
I jst got my shack together and have a G5RV up about 40 feet. In the spring I will put up my 54 foot Tri-Ex crank-up tower. I'm shopping around for a beam and rotor at the moment. I'll post the pictures of my "new" shack shortly.
Finally, I am a proud member of OMISS. That is the Old Man's International Sideband Society. I am member number 5778. We currently have over 7000 members and growing everyday. Check out our website at or join us on one of Nets. Our nets are held every day, 365 days a year! The best group of guys in Ham radio! If you are a "Paper Chaser" and want to earn awards, OMISS is the club to do it. I earned my WAS (Worked All States) in 57 days..... all on 40 meters! We have Nets on every band, everyday.
If you hear me on the air, Please call and say hello or if you need Massachusetts or Essex county for an award, drop me an email and we'll set up a sked to work. I QSL 100%!
I am retired so I'm always around, or not too far, from the Shack.


Icom 746PRO - G5RV for the HF Bands
I also use my 746PRO on 2 meters and monitor the Haverhill repeater.

Other Interests
Sports: Baseball (Red Sox) Boxing, I worked for 18 years in the sport of Boxing as a trainer, manager and cut-man.



From N1TKO

11/15/2009 9:45:43 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

Over the years, one by one, all the great electronic kit manufacturers have disappeared - Eico, Knight, Dynaco, Heath. Perhaps the most devastating for the home electronics enthusiast was the loss of Heathkit®, a mainstay from 1947 to the mid-1980's. Heathkit advertised "World's finest electronic equipment in kit form". Their kits ranged from inexpensive teaching aids to organs, color TVs, AM/FM stereos and tons of amateur radio equipment, much of which is still in use today, over 40 years since it was produced. These were kits that not only taught you something about electronics, they were fun to assemble and sometimes saved you money over comparable store-bought products. With the flood of foreign imports, it became hard to produce kits that could continue to offer a price advantage. Today, electronic products are produced largely in Malaysia, Singapore and China and shipped to the United States. There isn't much labor involved, as automation has replaced human labor, and what labor there is is done at wages far below those of American workers. U.S. companies have had to move manufacturing operations to the Far East just to stay competitive and to take advantage of the extremely low corporate income taxes offered by those countries. The result is a permanent loss of U.S. manufacturing labor.

But you can still have fun building an electronic project, learn how it works, and have the pride that comes with knowing you built it yourself. With a DZKit, some of the subassemblies are pre-assembled, because the tiny parts are just too small for a kit builder to assemble. So, you may not get to solder every component in your kit yourself, but you didn't used to fabricate ICs or vacuum tubes either, right? It's not that different. Today the "parts" (like an embedded PC for example) are just bigger and more complicated, that's all.

Wondering why this page is green? Heathkit amateur radio products were often painted green. "Heathkit green" is a common term in the world of ham radio.

Brian Wood, W0DZ, a design and application engineer with 33 years of experience at HP/Agilent, wanted to restore the fun of kitbuilding to a new generation. He knew that there's a huge pent-up demand for new, complex, nice-looking kits that offer value not available elsewhere. To that end, he retired early (by choice, a strange occurrence with all the layoffs in the industry) and formed The DZ Co., LLC, dba "DZKit". Its goal is to allow electronics enthusiasts and others with a passion for learning to have a chance to recapture the fun of doing it yourself while building products with unique features. Look for more exciting products as we get rolling. And be sure to send us your ideas for new products! We'll do our best to provide new kits for you in the finest of Heathkit traditions. Engineering/Consulting services are also available for test and measurement applications, especially in the area of automotive electronics. Send email to for more information.

Be the first to comment below!

   Login to Add a Comment