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 it.
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 sing baritone with the Senior Choir at Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.