Amateur Radio

  I been interested in radio and communications for a long time.  My family had an old AM radio and I would turn it up at the high end and I could pick up a few shortwave radio stations.  I wanted a shortwave radio and I got one in 1955.  It was a Hallicrafters S-38D.  I then had a hobby of shortwave listening and I spent a great deal of time on my hobby.  
  I attempted to become a Ham but I could not past the code test.  Many years later I became a Ham and my call sign is NØUWY. 
  Ham radio is a great hobby and they provide great services to the public.  The hobby is not as popular as it was in the past.  Now that anyone can have a cell phone and have access to the Internet young people are not as interested in Ham radio.
  I think it is a great hobby and I recommend it to people.
  I just signed at HamTestOnline.Com it is a site that helps you study for the ham test.  I am going to try and get my General license.  Right now I am a Technician class ham.  The HamTestOnline site does charge a small fee for their service. To study for the General class it is $29.99 for two years. 

qslcard swl 

  In the photo above on the left you will see some of my QSL cards.  One is from Radio New York WorldWide (WRUL) and I did a DX program over WRUL for one year.  Also there is a QSL card for reception of Sputnik 1. 
  The photo on the right is me a long time ago.  Those were some fun days. 

Author: Jim Howard

I have always been into communications. In the early 1960s I put out a publication, "SWL", world wide. I also did a radio program that was broadcast or shortwave radio. It was broadcast over WRUL radio. I hosted a convention in Kansas City (MO). I was one of the founders of the very first People-to-People organization. In 1982 I started a bulletin board system called Howard's Notebook. It was one of the very first online sites. It was a "blog." This is before the world wide web was invented in 1995. I was one of the very first to stream online video. I attended One BBSCON in Colorado Springs (CO) in August of 1993. When the rest of the world caught on to what we were doing and invented the world wide web I moved Howard's Notebook to the web.

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