"the Knack". As my father was gifted with "the Knack" and a fellow devotee of the fire bottle, and Bill had mentioned on a podcast episode that he regretted letting the DX-100 of his youth slip away, it seemed right that my Dad's transmitter should find a new home in Northern Virginia.
My wife Erika and I drove down to Northern Virginia with the DX-100 and met Bill, his wife Elisa, his children Billy and Maria, and the newest member of the family, Capucco. Bill and his wife are consummate hosts and made us feel truly welcome in their home. A fortunate coincidence occurred when Erika and Elisa discovered they admirers of all things canine, which allowed Bill and I to spend an extended period in his shack talking radio without being missed by our wives. After touring his shack and equipment, Bill recorded some audio and video for his web page and podcast. It was really cool to be a part of the podcast and I came away inspired to take the next step from just assembling kits to building some radios of my own design. It was a magical afternoon.
Bill while you received a new piece of equipment, you gave me the greater gift; the gift of peace of mind knowing that a cherished family heirloom will find new life on the air with an aficionado. Enjoy the DX-100, my friend.
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