About

Thanks for visiting my page.

I first got my start with radio when I was a kid. I first started playing around with those cheap 49MHz walkie-talkies (you know the ones that worked about 100 ft before you lost contact) and was amazed with radio. I then started playing with CB radios, talking to my friends and motorists.

In 1993 I took and passed my Technicians Class Amateur Radio Exam. VHF/UHF were fun, but I always wanted to get on the HF bands. Then in 2008 I took and passed my General exam.  In 2012 I took and passed my Amateur Extra exam.

I love digital modes and also collect receivers and other associated radio goodies and gadgets. I mainly hang out on 20m and 40m HF, but I also always have the 146.760 W9YB repeater tuned in when I’m in the shack.

In 2016 I got into collecting R.L. Drake gear from the past.  I really love refurbishing and putting old gear like this back on the air!

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The Shack:

Radios

Flex Radio Systems Flex 6500 Signature Series
Flex Radio Systems Flex 5000A
Icom IC-7600
Icom IC-910H (I use this radio for VHF/UHF)
Icom IC-7000 (I have this rig setup in a portable box for Field Day or portable ops)
Kenwood TS-830S (full station with AT-230 tuner, SM-220 scope, SP-230 speaker, Ext VFO)
Yaesu FTDx 570 (oldie but a goodie!)

Drake TX-4C, R-4C (Twins)
Drake TR7 transceiver

Amplifier

SPE Expert 1K-FA 1000 watt Solid State Linear Amplifier (160m – 6m)

Recievers

National HRO Sixty
Collins R-390A
ITT CR302A
Icom IC-71A
Icom IC-R7000
Icom R-75
Icom R-1500
RF Space SDR-IQ (Software Defined Reciever)

Antennas

G5RV dipole (up about 40 ft. – This is all I can really have for HF right now)
Comet GP-15 6m/2m/70cm vertical
85 foot random wire for recieving
DX Engineering/Hustler 6BTV vertical. (covers 80m-10m)

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I tend to buy things or trade for things then try them out for awhile. I like to discover new things and it’s always fun to get a new gadget.
The equipment in the shack changes frequently, with the exception of some key pieces that I just will never part with.

73! de Nick N9SJA

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Great website! I got interested in radio in the 1960s from all that old WWII and 1950s Heathkit junk out there.

    Listen, OM…I took my Extra, First Phone and Second Radiotelegraph before the steely eyed FCC engineer in Seattle, Washington. I am here to tell you…I looked at the current Extra Class question set and all I could say was “Oh, man! I’d have to put in some SERIOUS study time to get through that test!”

    The current ham radio written exams are NOT dumbed down whatever other old geezers want you to believe. They are different in the sense of being slightly updated but if anything, the current General, Elements 2 & 3, is harder than the old test I took because it covers FM and repeaters extensively, something that barely existed in the Good Olde Days, not to mention satellites and PSK.

    Hope to CU on 20 CW!

    • Thanks for the complements Norm. I’m glad you like the site. Come back often and say hello again. I do spend a lot of time on 20m but in the phone portion of the band. I’m trying to lean CW also, I absolutely love it even though I’m just beginning.

      73! de Nick N9SJA

  2. Dear Nick,
    have you got that Drake R8A folder entitled “Out of thin air into the thick of things” ? I’m looking for a scan of this nice advertisement. Thank you for your kind attention.
    73s! Thomas (HE9FXV)

    • Thomas,

      I know that I currently do not have any adverts for a R8 or R8A, but if I happen accross one I would be happy to let you know.
      One thing I could recommend here is that I do recall that reciever being advertised a time ago in “Popular Communications” magazine here in the US. Popular Communications magazine went out of print recently and was owned by CQ Communications the same publisher of CQ magazine. You might check their site for back issues of Popular Communications magazine.

      Hope that helps!

      73! de Nick N9SJA

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