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Jerry Colton
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WB1CAX

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 www.omiss.net 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.

73
Jerry
N1TKO

Equipment
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.

Clubs
NEQRP, OMISS, QCWA, EchoLink

TOP 10 Things you should know about Boston.... My QTH!

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1.The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury.
Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.
Harvard Bridge
The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly know as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.
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2. You should know.....
There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, and no water on Water Street. Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical oddah: Arlington , Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill. If they are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.
Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave. Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave. South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End. East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End. The West End and Scully Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Berree, Jamaica Plain is J.P.
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3. How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly
(Say it wrong and be shunned).
Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester : Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Woobun
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere: Re -vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks berry
Leominster : Le-min-sta
Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-ham
Chatham: Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set, but nevah Summerset!
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4. Definitions:
FRAPPES are made with ice cream; MILKSHAKES are not.
If it is carbonated and flavored, it is TONIC
Soda means CLUB SODA.
Pop refers to DAD.
When we want Tonic Water, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish. If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
It is not a spucky, a hero, or a grinder; it is a sub.
It is not a shopping caht; it is a carriage.
It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.
They are not franks; they are haht dahgs; franks are money used Switzahland.
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5. Police do not drive patrol units or black and whites; they drive a crewza. If you take the bus, you’re on the looza crooza. It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic. It is not a traffic circle, it is a rotary. "Going to the islands" means going to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
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6. Things not to do:
Do not pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd. They will tow it to Meffa (Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Do not sleep on the Common. ( Boston Common)
Do not wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.
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7. Things you should know:
There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, and two Hancock buildings (one is very old; one is relatively new).
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8. The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha:
"Solid blue, clear view."
"Flashing blue, clouds due."
"Solid red, rain ahead."
"Flashing red, snow instead." (except in summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!
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9. Most people live here all their life and still do not know what the hell is going on with this one. Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.
The underground train is not a subway. It is the T, and it does not run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk).
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10. Bostonians: think that it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians: think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idear.
Bostonians: think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians: refer to six inches of snow as a dusting.


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