All of these hams were Elmer's in one way or another and I'm sorry to say Silent Keys



W5IQM Jack Shelton

Just how and when I don't remember my Elmer came into my life.

He was the most patient and understanding man I had the pleasure of knowing. With the help of Jack I was given the CW and written test for the novice license in 1967.



W5OVV Al Heine
First time seeing a ham radio operator and his station.

I was 15 years old and at a friend's house.

I noticed wires and poles with wires leading into a small building.

I looked in the window and saw all kind of radios on racks against the wall and a desk with a microphone. I had no idea what it was.

One day the door was open and there sat a man talking on the mike.

I found out he was a ham Al Heine W5OVV SK.


WA5DRP Bill Crosbie

Bill helped me to intall the very first Dipole Antenna for 40 meters back in 1967. He was a very dear friend that I worked with for many years.



W5GEF Fenton Smith

Fenton was the radio instructor when I attended Baton Rouge
Louisiana Trade School. I had no prior experience building kits and I was surprised that he trusted me to build his new Heathkit DX100 Transmitter.



W5DPM Wes Chatellier
A longtime firend and Ham Radio Operator from Baton Rouge, LA.
Wes was a bench technician for Sears and Robuck and he could fix many of the Sears radios that were manufactures in the 50's at that time.


All of the "Bread Board Radios" below were built by Wes


Wes was a prolifice builder as can be seen by the pictures below.




"Sucker Stick Transmitter"


6L6 Push Pull Transmitter


NX-245 Tube Transmitter


2E26 Transmitter

The Magic of Radio in the 50's

I remember when I was 11 years old in 1950. For Christmas my Mother and Father gave me a radio in a cardboard box because I was always fooling around with some kind of radio. The radio was the most exciting present I had ever received.
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The Elusive Airchamp 200

The rebuild of this radio was an exciting adventure as it brought back many fond memories of my first encounter with radio.
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The Mighty Little Rockmite XCVR

Building and working the little Rockmite radios was done to see just how low you could go in power and still make a reliable radio contact.
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Dreaded Black Code Machine

This is the true story about how I got my Ham license at the FCC Office in New Orleans, LA.
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The Loooooong Project

How strong of an impression is made on a young child that took most of my life for this project to come to fruition. Here is a story about the little "Sucker Stick Transmitter", the receiver and the power supply.. read more

The A/N X-15 Galactic Transceiver

This is an April Fools story that includes myself and a friend with fictious call letters.

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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA.


ARRL is a non-profit organization, and was founded in May 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim of Hartford, Connecticut.


The ARRL represents the interests of amateur radio operators before federal regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, supports a number of educational programs and sponsors emergency communications service throughout the country.


The ARRL is the primary representative organization of amateur radio operators to the US government.


It performs this function by lobbying the US Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.


The ARRL is also the international secretariat of the International Amateur Radio Union, which performs a similar role internationally, advocating for amateur radio interests before the International Telecommunications Union and the World Administrative Radio Conferences.




ARRL Vintage Magazine

1928 QST Magazine published by ARRL


ARRL How To Become a Radio Amateur

1955 How to Become a Radio Amateur