Success comes in many harmonics !

by James Renforth
(St.Louis, Missouri)

Heathkit DX-40

Heathkit DX-40

I got my first ham license in 1962 (WA9ASN), built my first REAL transmitter from Heathkit (DX 40) during that summer and went 'on the air'.

To my chagrin, my many successful QSLs were hitting high marks with the FCC, which came to my attention when I received a citation stating my "third harmonic" was being copied and I may want to verify my shielding and "immediately correct" any deficiencies.

That was quite a surprise. First off, I didn't know I could transmit that far !

And I immediately corrected the deficiencies.

After many decades and (Heathkit) kits later, ham radio became an integral part of my life and created scores of tight friendships along with a room full of QSL cards.

Secondly, I never received another inquiry from the FCC regarding spurious transmissions.

Comments for Success comes in many harmonics !

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 30, 2020
Your Citation
by: Gerry S.

Thank you for sharing your story! Perhaps someday you can share a story or two about one of those contacts. I am a child of the 60's and was always captivated by radio, tubes, and, of course- Heathkit and the very fact people built their own radios.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Experience With Kits.

Found this page useful? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

73 de VE2DPE
Claude Jollet
7, Rue de la Rive, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec, Canada J6E 1M9

QTH Locator: FN36gb

If you make a purchase via a link on this site, I may receive a small commission on the transaction, at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Online interactive ham radio license course.

Solo Build It!

(One word queries work best)


Click here for more testimonials.



Is a member
in good standing

Radio Amateurs of Canada logo
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) logo.
Radio Amateur du Québec inc.
Club Radio Amateur Lanaudière inc.
Quarter Century Wireless Association Inc.
Straight Key Century Club - SKCC Logo
FISTS North America Home Page
North American QRP CW Club - NAQCC Logo
VE2DPE Ham Radio Operator and SolopreneurVE2DPE

Also a proud member of an international community of solopreneurs
using SoloBuildIt!
to promote my self-published eBooks
since 2005.

See my review
of this unique product for online businesses.


If you have a question, a comment or a topic you would like me to cover, please do not hesitate to ask here.