My name is Bob Schreibmaier and my amateur radio callsign is K3PH. I was first licensed as WN3GYT on 30 November 1966 at the ripe old age of 13 (okay, I was 20 days away from 14). The equipment in those days was all homebrew: a two-tube regenerative receiver (pair of 6AQ5s) and a crystal-controlled 25-watt oscillator (input, not output) using a 6DQ6B on 80 meters. The antenna was a dipole at a height of 15 feet. All this on a city lot between two hills in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Working Texas would have been like working the Moon!
In July 1967, I passed the General class test and received WA3GYT. Unfortunately, the equipment didn't change until the following year, when I saved up some shekels and bought a Knight R-100 receiver and a Globe Scout 65B transmitter. Later, the R-100 was replaced by a Hammarlund HQ-150, which was Hammarlund's top-of-the-line receiver in 1956! In August 1969, I passed the Extra class test. Around October of that year, I borrowed a Hallicrafters SR-400 transceiver and was actually able to start working DX!
In 1977, I took a job with Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. In those days, when you moved out of a call area, you had to change callsigns. Since I had to change callsigns anyway, I went for a 1x2 call, obtaining K2PH. I obtained K3PH when I moved back to Pennsylvania. Apparently, nobody else wanted that call.
I am a life member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a member of the DX Century Club (DXCC) Honor Roll, and a member of the Frankford Radio Club. I am also an active QRPer (operating at 5 watts output or less).
I sing baritone with the Pleasant Valley Choral Society, an "almost semi-professional" group of about 20 singers based in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. This group performs two series of two concerts per year: two holiday concerts on or about the second full weekend of December and two Spring concerts on or about the last full weekend of April. The first halves of the December concerts are Jesus-oriented, while the second halves are Santa-oriented. The Spring concerts tend toward popular tunes from various parts of the 20th and 21st centuries. There's something for everyone!