So what do you do in 1970 with a snot-nosed 10-year-old that had "TROUBLE" written on his forehead since the day he was born?
IF you send him to Amateur Radio class that the neighbors’ brother taught, he'd become a 12-year-old snot-nosed Ham Radio Operator that still had "TROUBLE" written on his forehead!
I don't think that was Wally & Marge's (Rest in Peace) plan when they forced me into Ham Radio back then, but I have to say looking back - it was probably the absolute best gift they could have ever given me, and to this day I'm still grateful for their wisdom.
It didn't stop me from sneaking out of class to get hooked on cigarettes. It didn't stop me from racing hot rod cars with my Ham Radio Buddies through my teenage years. It didn't stop me from building & riding motorcycles, chasing girls or raising hell. Come to think about it, becoming a ham at 12 didn't stop me from anything; it may have even enhanced quite a few experiences through the years.
From playing Battleship in Morse code on 10 Meters as a teen (G4, hit! - remember?) to popping wheelies on my chopper out in front of WA2JUN's QTH in Florida after a great dinner a few years ago (thanks Tony & Ginger!), Ham Radio has transcended my entire life. From teenager (WN8QFB/WB8QFB) and into adulthood (NØUN), Ham Radio has been an integral part of my very essence.
I know no other way.
As for the stories - I'll try to Blog'm as I remember'm since because of Ham Radio, I'm kinda' connected at the hip with computers and electronic gadgetry so I figure why not tell a couple good ones? Ham Radio Ops ARE communicators you know. Some may find some humor in my whole "Blogging" experience, and I'm hoping it'll jog this mind into some type of mental exercise just trying to remember them. That can't be all bad I wouldn't think. Then again when this lil' coconut "thinks", bad things usually happen.
I'm planning on starting a weekly (or so) update as I come out of Ham Radio semi-retirement (again). Hams that have helped me throughout the years of activity (and inactivity) will be fair game (lol), stories that surely have been embellished upon will be posted, and you might even find something useful like the Grayline Map or Callsign Lookup that'll grab your interest, who knows? We're going to keep it light, airy (get it?) and fun. No drama. I just registered the domain name www.n0un.net and started building this site yesterday (Aug 20th, 2009), so check back often as this old Blog is sure to grow. Hey, throw a dog a bone and drop a comment or two while you're here too - let me know somebody out there in cyberspace is reading it!
So... all that being said, thanks for stopping by, hope you find something of interest and welcome to NØUN's Ham Radio Blog!