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My name is Karl - Heinz Günter Graf. I reside in Denver, Colorado and have lived here most of my life.

Immigrated to the United States of America in December 1954 from Vienna, Austria. Lived in Hebbronville, Texas with our sponsor for a brief time before moving to Denver, Colorado. Lost my father ( died ) when I was only 1¼ years old. My mother re-married in 1956 and I also gained a Step-sister, who is a year older and a Step-brother who is a year younger. As a youngster I have always been curious as to how things worked. I would take things apart to see what made it work and try to put things back together with various results. Other times I would take things apart when they stopped working, just so I could see why it broke and would see if I could repair it and make it work again and I had my fair amount of success. This philosophy is still practiced today, since there is too much waste and if I can fix it and use it or give it away, then there was a gain, if for no other reason than gaining knowledge. With all that in mind . . . . . . . I observed a fellow student sitting next to me in Trigonometry class reading a book under the desk while class was in progress. Upon asking him what he was reading, he told me that he would tell me later. It turned out that it was the "ARRL Amateur Radio License Manual". "What is Amateur Radio"? I asked him. He subsequently invited me to his parent's house and showed me his Shortwave receiver and what you could hear on that and what the HAMS were chit chatting. That was all too fascinating for me and I decided that is something that I too had to learn and get a license. Well, easier said than done. In those days you had to be a citizen of the USA and I was not eligible yet for a few months. I not only got my citizenship in 1960 but also passed my Amateur Radio Novice License and my call sign was KN0ELE. Not having much money, we built our own CW transmitters and used whatever we could for a receiver. There were the converters that we used in conju nction with regular radios. There were the odd homebrew antennas. While I was in the military from 1964 to 1968 I upgraded my license to "General Class". This opened up a whole new spectrum to operate in and it was a lot more fun and interesting. More on this will be posted on the Amateur Radio Page. Passed the EXTRA CLASS Exam on 7 Feb. 2015

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