As a young man, i was always amazed at how radio worked, and the magic involved with that. I had my share of radio's that received on the AM broadcast band that i would wire up to receive stations from all over the country.
|Kraco CB Deluxe.|
My dad drove for a living, and hooked up a base station at the house, which consisted of a Kraco 23 Deluxe, a mobile radio that we hooked up to a 12 volt power supply, and a big-stick antenna. he then connected a CB radio in his car, a Volkswagen beetle, with an 8ft fiberglass whip, and talked to us throughout the day as he drove all over Southern California, as a delivery driver. I noticed that at certain times of the day, i could hear and talk to stations all over the country.
As the desire grew to talk farther and farther, the antenna's got bigger and bigger, and i learned how to turn up the power in the radio transmitter, to squeak every ounce i could out. I then learned about SSB, and that opened up another world to me. I went from 5 watts output power, to 12 watts. That was quite a difference back then. I went from talking all over the country, to making contacts all over the world. All over the world being Asia and Australia, of course. But still, that was amazing.
As i learned how to work on radio gear, and developed a pile of broken radio's, i learned more and more. I have never had any formal training in radio repair, but have learned what works and what doesn't.
When i moved to WA state, back in 1992, i had still dabbled in radio, but had moved onto other things. Family, career etc etc, but that little nagging voice still whispered in the back of my head. After i had settled, i dabbled in CB radio in the local community, and made a lot of friends, while i learned more about radio. I had family members that were into it, and used it to communicate on a regular basis as well.