Peterson, AQ2 1971 - 1972
I had gotten tired of standing
2-4 hour watches out on the flightline in the cold, wet winter nights and
my roommate MG Daris suggested I stand duty at the MARS station. It was
longer but lots warmer and drier. I would listen to I believe it was the
34-94 repeater in Jacksonville and listen when skip would come in from
Key West causing interference to the repeater but fun to experience it. I
think we were the most powerful station in the 6th Naval Dist. with 1Kw+
into a huge antenna with 16+ db gain. It was good experience to run as
net control when we were the only ones that could be heard due to thunder
and lightning interference.
I got my amateur radio license
after I got out of the service. It has kept me tinkering in electronics
ever since but college a new job with lots of overtime, marriage and baby
have taken time away. The experience of traffic handling and
phone-patching with Gitmo gave me the confidence to tackle ham radio.
Custodian of N0NIU was AT1 R. W.
Lewis (VA-174 TAD to AIMD); His call sign was K4DAF but now uses AA4PB. I
remember N0NIM in Pensacola who was the CW net control for the 6th Naval
District. We also communicated with N0MCL in North Carolina, a Marine
base; Cherry Point maybe. (editor - Camp Lejeune) I also remember a young lady going to college
either Gainesville or Tallahassee with an old radio that tended to drift;
that was understandable on a student's budget.
Back to Top