I had worked all summer in a bowling alley setting pins to buy the receiver I wanted, the National NC-300, and I built a Heathkit DX-20 with a 6CL6 for the oscillator and a 6DQ6GB for the final running about 50 Watts maximum plate DC power input for my first transmitter. Because of space limitations, I had only a dipole set up for 15 Meters. This was not a good thing with all of the DuMont, Crosley, Setchel-Carlson, and other black and white televisions with a 21 Mc IF strip in them. There was one Crosley only two houses away that reversed its video every time I keyed the transmitter. I learned about "quiet hours."
I also learned about electronics and developed skills in the art of working on electronics equipment. In addition to my formal schooling, this really helped in shaping my vocational interests. I wound up working mainly in electronics all my life. Using the skills and knowledge I developed while building power sources for use on satellites, I later used that for coming up with a power source for operating a completely independent, self-sustaining, self-powered, 100 Watt HF radio station for use in activatingislands under the RSGB IOTA Programme, and could be transported on any airline in the world. This has been expanded to include a small portable wind turbine also, and it has come to have a clear application for EMCOMM. Yes, it was up last weekend for Field Day.
Ham radio even had an unexpected effect on my life in later years; I met the lady in my life for the last 16 years on a local 2 Meter repeater out here in Latte Land. However, I seem to be the only one in my own family with an interest in amateur radio. None of my own children have shown any interest in ham radio in addition to their father.
Enjoy, and 73;
Ralph Javins, N7KGA
Latte Land, Washington