Here’s How Everything Got Started…
It was 1973… The Korean Conflict was not far behind us, and the Vietnam War was in full swing. I’m a kid in rural East Texas… My Dad-WN6EIZ SK, was half way around the world the Captain of a Super Tanker, full of Jet Fuel, off the Coast of Vietnam…
My Dad was a Ship’s Captain in the USNS Fleet before internet or cell phones. Letters from around the world took weeks… And so the only way we could talk to my Dad, was via “phone patch” offered by the many fine operators that monitor the Maritime Mobile Network.
Amateur Radio Was THE ONLY WAY Our Family could spend time with my Dad when he was gone at Sea!
I will never forget our entire family huddled around the telephone, talking to Pop… and saying “over”, talking to my Dad while he was anchored off of The Coast of Da Nang, Vietnam (or some other classified location).
Back in those days, I would spend my nights banging away on an old Radio Shack buzzer key, learning the mysterious “code” that you HAD to KNOW to become a “Radio Operator”, like Pops, or Sparky, the Radio Operator on my Dad’s ship.
A Thing for the “CW”
So, the old man was sweet on Morse Code. I can still remember in the 70’s when I was only a few years old my dad calling CQ on his Yaesu FT-101B, and then on his FT-101E. Pop got started in 1969 with the call-sign WN6EIZ.
(Picture below. My Dad, Me, My Younger Brother Andy-KE5EXX followed by my younger sister Angela visiting some friends.)
Fast forward to 2017 my 14 Year old Son Jacob comes to me wanting me to get him a “cool looking” Morse code key. Now you know how youngsters are. COOL is the key word. Yep, a chip off the old block.
“Well… We have the software & equipment. Can we build one Dad?”
The Best Part? We also had a LOT of fun!!!
We have made many New Designs and even a few oscillators along the way.
We had several people and companies get interested in our keys after that. So we got to building. Our whole family got involved one way or another.
My eldest Joseph Jr. started building and designing our website.
Handling sales, questions and shipping out all our orders.
Jacob started building keys and oscillators. Andrew making sub-assemblies while Mom was running to the store for supplies we all got started.
Now with your help and feedback we’ve started shipping keys all across the world.
Amateur Radio… A Family Tradition Since 1969.
Captain Antonio Pedro Delgado – WN6EIZ SK
Unlimited Master Mariner 1933-1990
Joseph Delgado Jr. – Webmaster
Jacob Delgado – KI5FCV
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