Ron, W6OM, carries on the tradition of “paying it forward” by “Elmering” neighborhood teenagers, Donnie and David to their Extra Class ham radio licenses. Beginning in the Summer of 1957, at 10 years of age, Ron started his ham radio journey under his Elmer, the original W6OM, George Hutchins. Going on for his Novice license the following September, Ron’s first contact on 15 meters was another 10 year old, Andy Chesnioff, UA3AB, of the former Soviet Union. That original contact created an international friendship that has lasted over 50 years and survived the “Cold War”. His second contact was Stan, F05IW, another ham to become a lifelong friend and business partner.
Episode 004 - Rich Fusinski - K8NDS
Rich's ham radio journey began, in the suburbs of Detroit, on a bicycle, when he was sixteen years old, in search of the source of 160 meter conversations he heard on his portable all band radio. Looking for "big" antennas on the neighborhood houses, he found his "Elmer", Charlie, W8LVR, who led him through his first Novice license in 1964. His first transmitter was a homebrew two tube transmitter using a 6L6 tube. Amateur radio was the door opener and creator of opportunities for Rich in both the US Navy and later to General Motors where he spent his career. Now retired in Arizona, Rich is the expert and inventor of "Fractional Wave Loop" antennas.
Episode 003 - Angel Santana - WP3GW
Angel, WP3GW travels around the World, from his home on the island of Puerto Rico, not by ship or airplane, but on the wings of ham radio. Angel says, “the magic for me is speaking to people in other countries”. Angel likes to meet people, make connections from different countries and from different backgrounds. From his beginnings on Citizens Band, in 1998, after Hurricane Georges left Angel and his neighbors without power for over a month, Angel discovered ham radio from listening to borrowed scanner. Two years later he got his first ham license after meeting his ham radio “Elmers” at the local CB radio club.