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From an early age, I was fascinated with radio, radio tubes, tube amplifiers and TV's.  Tubes were magic.  Family members would give me their old radios, phonographs and TV's.  When I found a working short wave radio, I hung a wire outside my window and listened and searched for hours at a time.  
In my teen years, my friend John had a "Johnson Viking Messenger I" CB radio on a table in his room.  He was actually talking on this thing to people who were several miles away; I had never seen one before and was immediately enthralled.  I had to have one, was soon on the CB band.  

In 1985, I obtained a Novice amateur radio license but didn't use it.  I had been divorced and met my current wife; buying a house followed as did a couple more kids and on and on.  Radio took a back seat until 2003 when my friend John--yes, the same friend with the old Viking Messenger I CB, got his Technician license.  I took the Technician practice exams on QRZ and quickly took and passed the FCC Technician exam and later, the General class and the Amateur Extra class exams as well.

During the CB days in the 1970's, I ran a Johnson Viking Ranger for a time on amplitude modulation (AM).  In 2022, it was time to get back into AM--more specifically, plate-modulated AM, and this time, on the amateur bands.  I picked up a couple of Johnson Viking Rangers that had seen better days.  Then, in January, 2023, the Johnson Viking 500 and the second Viking Valiant were found.  These transmitters are described elsewhere on this site and are now the main my AM transmitters.  The station receiver is currently a Hammarlund SP-600; a National NC-303 is also being repaired as a second receiver.

Jonson Viking Messenger I CB:

Here is a genuine E.F. Johnson Viking Messenger One transceiver.  It is a 5 Watt, 5 channel Citizens Band (CB) Radio.   This radio is a tube type transceiver that will operate on 117 volts AC or 12 volts DC.  In spite of its apparent condition, it actually works.  
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