My first rig N9XLC

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The Realistic HTX 202 was my first radio, I got it in 1994 brand new from Radio Shack. I used that thing everywhere for a few years after I got my license. I had it hooked up to my Ringo Ranger 2 antenna at home and used it as a base radio. After awhile I got a PK-12 packet modem and used it to get on the PBBS systems that existed. I had a gel cell battery from a hospital emergency light that I could run it off of until I finally got a power supply. Probably one of my fondest memories of it was when I got a contact that I even question today. We were in Whitewater state park and I talked to a guy who purported to be in Terra Haute or near it. 5 watts into a rubberducky on the gelcell power. I never really knew about QSL cards back then, I wish I had one to confirm the contact.

 

I recently got my TS-520S operational.. I don't have an antenna that I trust to transmit on yet, but the other day I was listening to the RTTY roundup on 40m and hearing a lot of people. NY, MI, MO, AZ, VA, TN, GA, etc. I was able to decode at least one side of each of those contacts with my netbook using a program called fldigi. My receive antenna? A CB magmount my dad gave me a while back, stuck to the top of the radio in my basement.. Wow!