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Jerry Colton
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N1TKO United States

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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.


Surfin': The Real Pirate Radio from WA1LOU

From N1TKO

11/15/2009 9:49:13 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

Pirate Radio, the movie, opens today, which according to The International Movie DataBase (IMDB), is a period comedy very loosely based on Radio Caroline, a popular pirate radio ship with a similar history and style that operated illegally in the North Sea in the 1960s.

The Boat That Rocked was the film's title in the UK where it received mixed reviews last year. I have seen trailers for the film, but not the actual film, so I have no idea how close the film is to reality.

It is possible that the real story of Radio Caroline is more interesting than the film. Wikipedia has an entry that describes the history of pirate radio, and another entry that deals specifically with the history of Radio Caroline. And contrary to radio legend, President Kennedy's daughter was not the inspiration for naming the pirate station (but was, as my editor points out, the inspiration for the Neil Diamond hit, Sweet Caroline, played in the eighth inning at every Red Sox home game).

If you find Wikipedia's telling of the Radio Caroline may be a little on the dry side, I urge you to visit the Radio Caroline Web site, which not only recounts the history of station in great detail, but also offers an interesting array of other features. Unbeknownst to me, Radio Caroline is still alive and well and you can listen to it via the Internet (as I am doing as I type these words).

Until next time, keep on surfin'!

Editor's note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, wanted to be a pirate when he grew up! To contact Stan, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog.

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