20120727_151711[1]WA4NUO QSL Cards … before the Internet there was amateur (“ham”) radio (and by golly, it’s still here). I got my first call letters in 1963. When we make contact with other hams, we exchange QSL cars (like postcards) to confirm the contact. There are contests (like DXCC for talking to 100 countries or more, which I have), etc. Here are some of my many overseas QSLs, still on the wall of the room I used for my “radio shack” between 1963 and 1975 or so.

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DL4RR, best mobile ever!

M113 APCMy best mobile setup ever. In the 3rd Armored Div. in Germany in 1967-68, I was assigned (as the radio operator) to a M577 command track (like the one pictured). We had both HF and UHF on board, including teletype. I was WA4NUO then but also in Germany I held the callsign DL4RR. I made lots of contacts on lonely boring nights while out on training exercises. Only time I got in trouble was over an East German QSL card that came in the mail and some busybody reported me. Luckily, the investigating officer’s father was a ham and he understood. 😉

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AB8AAR MARS station, Vietnam


AB8AAR, Quan Loi, Vietnam

This is the story of my ham radio experience under fire in ground combat.

I served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, 1968-70. During most of that time I was first the assistant operations sergeant (E-5), 2nd BN, 7th Cavalry (George Armstrong Custer’s old outfit), then promoted to Order of Battle Specialist for 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (callsign: Cold Steel 2 Mike Delta). Tactical intelligence. Had a “good” war. Did not get wounded and won the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, some other decorations.

Getting close to rotating home, the Army offered what I thought was a real deal …

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