|KB4OGI in his shack|
KB4OGI is my Dad. He was licensed in 1985 about 6 years after me. Although I did not think he had much of an interest in ham radio I think he just wanted to communicate with his son. I was traveling a lot as I was in the US Air Force and had been assigned to Texas, Florida, Philippines and the United Kingdom by the time he got licensed. We made our first CW QSO on 29 Oct 1986 when I was stationed in ND at Minot AFB.
I found out some years later that my Dad, who was a career Marine of 30 years retiring as a SgtMaj in 1971, initially went in the USMC to become a radio operator but failed out of the code school and became an Infantry man. Funny how he was mostly a CW operator as a ham.
My Dad's station changed over the years like many ham shacks. He started with my old Swan 350 then I found a good deal on a Kenwood TS520 and he eventually ended up with a Kenwood TS440SAT. He played with different antennas but used my beam antenna for a few years, he made a few dipoles and he even made his own tower to support a cushcraft vertical.
He was not an awards chaser or contester but just loved to rag chew with whomever was on the band. He did achieve Worked all States although I doubt he ever pursued it seriously.
|KB4OGI achieves Worked All States in 1990|
|KB6PBR is now KJ6TL|
|The top says "CA to NC 15 Meters 1 watt"|
I also came across an interesting certificate:
I thought that was kind of neat and I noticed that Dad had many QSOs with KN2X. I was sad to read that KN2X had also became a SK just recently.
Unknown to me, Dad made an audio recording of our first QSO. The band conditions were not that great but it was a special thrill for both of us. I recently found the tape and I scanned some of Dad's DX QSL cards for the background. Here it is:
Below are some more photos in no particular order reflecting parts of my Dad's life. He loved his Marines, fishing, competitive shooting, ham radio and most of all, my Mom and family.
|Dad still celebrated the USMC Birthday every 10 Nov by wearing his dress blues. |
Once a Marine always a Marine!
|KB4OGI visiting the USAF Academy (1993)|
|Dad and his rifle|
|At the shooting Range|
|Fishing (Jacksonville NC)|
|Dad at his desk (circa late 60s)|
|Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary 1992|
I love and miss you Dad.
My Mom passed away in 2011 followed by my brother in 2013. I miss them dearly.