Episode 327 – Stan Johnson – W0SJ

Stan Johnson, W0SJ, started his amateur radio career in high school.  A scavenger of junk, and a kid with the knack,  led Stan to electronic project building with his collected parts.  These skills filtered and honed through the Air Force and the Bell Telephone Laboratories.  Stan would say that his involvement in amateur radio resulted in a life of curious exploration.

ometown: Ridgeway, Iowa
Mentor: Bud Weatherford, W0CYY 
First License: Novice 1961 WA0AQC
Current QTH: Driftless Area, Iowa

Current Rig: 
Icom 7300 HF Transceiver
Icom 765 HF Transceiver
Elecraft KX3 Portable Transceiver
Elecraft KPA-500 Amplifier
Icom 7000 HF Transceiver

80 end fed long wire 
40 meter vertical 44 ft 9:1 Unun

Fahnestock Clips
6SN7 Receiver
6V6 receiver
11.7 Megacycle Broadcaster, New Zealand
Cresco, Iowa
Hallicrafters S-38D Receiver
Globe Globe Chief 90
World Radio Labs
Conditional Amateur Radio License
AM Modulator ARRL Handbook
Modulation Transformer
W0CVJ Cresco High School Amateur Radio Club, Ridgeway, IA
Air Force Electronics School
TACAN Set – Tactical Air Navigation System
Pencil Tube Electronic
Strategic Air Command
Tactical Air Command
Keesler Air Force Base
Drake TR3 HF Transceiver
IBM Field Engineer, Milwaukee, WI
IBM 360 Computer
GI Bill
Iowa State University, Associates Degree Electronics 
IBM Employment Freeze, 1970
Bell Telephone Laboratories, IL 
DrakeLine HF Receiver and Transmitter
Shockley Bradlay Transistor
Number 4 ESS Telephone Switch
Publish or Perish
Mobile Antenna Tuner,  Ham Radio,  WA0AQC
Carterfone Act
John Dere Product Engineering
John Dere Harvester
FT-8 Digital Mode
Greyline Propagation
30 Meter Band
Balun feedline
Unun feedline
Two 500hz Crystal Filters
Automatic Antenna Tuner
Roller Inductor
Phase Angle
Time Domain Reflectometer

Excited most by: Building something and it works. 

Advice to new or returning hams:  Be curious and explore.  Tinker and experiment. If you don’t grow, you die. 

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Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver
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Elecraft KX-3 Portable HF Transceiver
Icom IC-7000 HF Transceiver

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