Originally Posted by NWJeeper
So true Bill. Mine also came from my dad. He (and I) are both Ham radio operators, I used to sit and watch him rebuild radios in his shack in the basement as a kid. I have him to thank for my ability to understand electrical stuff. He still has a house full of old Heatkit radios, parts, etc and is making a killing selling the stuff on Ebay now. I still remember him handing me a fluorescent tube and then keying up the ham radio hooked to the amplifier and illuminating the bulb, my first experience with RF energy.
Wow! Never tried the fluorescent tube trick.
I also am a HAM (N6OVZ).
Just renewed my license.
I haven't been on the air in a long time but I worked way to hard to get it to just let it go.
I was on 2-meters most of the time but I did some low band chatting.
Packet was fun but the internet killed it all.
I have a Heathkit 2meter crystal rig out in the shed that my Uncle Gene built.
He is the one responsible for getting me into Amateur Radio.
The relays in it have all failed and most of the repeaters around here are all PL now so it's just sitting in a box.
After my dad had his stroke he gave away all of his test gear, most of it he made himself, and his bench.
I was fortunate to get his meters.
My brothers were both pissed that I got them but too bad!
Dad just can't concentrate like he used to.
It was very frustrating for him.
Like you I learned everything from him. He is a very patient man.