Gimbal's Department Store, in New York City. sold me a war surplus Sherman tank radio transmitter and receiver for $79.99 in 1946.
Back then you had to learn Morse code and pass a test sending and receiving 13 words a minute, in that dot-dash Morse code, before you could even get on the air. And then you had to use Morse code for one entire year before they would even consider giving you the test for the Class A Amateur Radio License where you could speak on the air using a microphone.
So I took the train from New Jersey to New York and arrived at the Federal Communication Commission's office on Cortlandt Street and passed their test by sending and receiving 13 words a minute of Morse code. There was also a radio test that I passed but for me that was nothing compared to the code test.
This gave me a Class B Amateur Radio License whereby I could send Morse code messages to other Amateur Radio operators on any of the CW Ham bands.
I did this for one year then was able to apply for my Class A Amateur Radio License. Again I took the train to New
York and passed a much stiffer radio theory test, which got me my most prized possession. I got my Class A Amateur Radio License that allowed me to talk right over the microphone to other Hams. I felt, way back then, that this was one tremendous achievement.
But this transmitter was only 40 watts so I built a Class A/B amplifier with two 812As in push-pull and was then putting out about two hundred watts. Transmitters and antennas taught me a valuable lesson in the methods of reducing standing waves. This was necessary if you wanted signal strength.
I would never have recognized the importance of standing waves in this universe without that early radio transmitter experience.
Impedance matching was another bit of radio knowledge that I learned back then that I also found, later on, was an essential part of our entire universe as well.
Impedance matching and standing waves is what it is all about as far as the radio side of it is concerned.
I learned to fly way back then too. I got my private pilot license in 1949 when I was the ripe old age of sixteen.
I wasn't any rich kid. I made the money for my radio station selling Colliers Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post and delivering the Elizabeth Daily Journal newspaper to people.
I made the money for my flight lessons working at a soda fountain.
I went to Miami in 1950 and bought an Aeronca Champion 7AC Airplane for $500 and flew and flew and flew.
But my money ran out and I had to join the Army. Because I was a draft age tourist kid, I couldn't find much work in Miami at that time even though I held a 2nd Class Radio license.
I put three years in the Army Signal Corps and returned to Miami going to Embry Riddle on the G.I. Bill.
In Miami I got my 1st Class Radio License and I put all new fabric on a Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser Airplane with a changeable pitch Aeromatic propeller and flew it many thousands of miles. I really loved that airplane.
Pan American World Airways paid half of my college tuition and I'll be ever grateful, to them, for this.
It was while working for Pan Am in 1966 that I saw the immense importance of what Ampere discovered in the 1820s.
That is really when the groundwork for my first book started. Even though I got an approving letter from Lincoln Barnett for what I discovered and published about Ampere's Laws, I knew I had many years of hard work ahead of me before I could put out a book showing how we could see a simple model that showed the fundamental forces as being unified.
It's hard to believe but I recently typed "Ampere's long wire laws" into Google and got nothing.
How could everyone in these Universities have entirely forgotten one of the most important laws of science ever published?
I've never understood this total lack of interest in something so simple, which explains things that seem so complex.
I still don't understand why everyone missed it.
In fact, that's what this book is all about. (Click book to read FREE.)