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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.


Cuba Facilitates Equipments to Amateur Radio Operators

From N1TKO

12/2/2009 10:49:08 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) The Cuban Ministry of Informatics and Communications (MIC) will
start providing ham radio operators with the components and parts for their equipments, from
stock that had been left idle.
Pedro Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Ham Radio Federation (FRC for its Spanish acronym) told the press that the first 600 units are ready for delivery and using them the operators will be able to ensemble new equipments or update those they already have.

He added that the spreading of this operation, which requires the purchase of 15% of the components abroad, will depend on the country’s economic possibilities, affected by the world economic crisis.

During the recently concluded 8th FRC Congress, it was presented a new prototype, with the brand name “Caiguaran”, designed by several specialists and manufactured at one of the MIC factories.

The term “amateur” reflects the principle that Amateur Radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without financial compensation; whereas Commercial Radio operates for profit.

José Tanquero, one of the experts that worked on the creation of this prototype, explained ACN news agency that it has a simple conception and allows the modification of its reach.

He specified that Caiguaran has a 20 Watts power level and work in the 160 meters band, which it’s the legal for third category ham radios. By adding a device the bandwidth can be adjusted to the 80 and 40 meter bands.

The FRC has 5,500 members and contributes greatly to the country when telecommunications are affected by meteorological events.

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