[amsat-bb] Before Mars--Prequel to Nat Geo's upcoming

Edward R Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Fri Oct 28 06:04:29 UTC 2016

Thanks for the link, really enjoyed that - hope I can catch the Mars story.

Amazing to me is this "almost" exactly how I discovered ham radio at 
age 12.  I was visiting the home of some friends and noticed a 
strange radio they had, a Zenith Transoceanic table model.  Noticed 
it had several bands and one said "police" so I said why don't we see 
if we can hear any cops?  Well heard nothing at 5 on the dial (5-MHz) 
so began tuning around and came across a whole bunch of people 
talking about 4 on the dial (75m phone).

And that caught my interest that ordinary people were talking on a 
radio.  I eventually found out it was ham radio and a year later, 
after saving allowance six months I bought a 3-tube receiver 
kit.  That led to finding out about a ham radio class at the school 
in a neighboring town which I got my dad to take me to.  The teacher 
became my elmer and administered my Novice exam - license KN8MWA Nov.11, 1958

I was already interested in space travel and that lead me into 
electronics which I studied to be an EE starting in 1962.  In July 
1971 I began working as a young engineer for NASA at Goldstone.

Funny where an interest in ham radio takes you.

73, Ed - KL7UW

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