I've been a techie
type guy since I was about 5. Tearing into old tube radios was what I
did for fun. Eventually in 1978 I got my Novice ticket.
Back then you could take a test similar to the VE testing of
today. For General and Advanced licenses you had to go to a
FCC Field office. For me, growing up in South Kortright, NY that meant
a trip to Syracuse (the Buffalo field office guys came out that far
east) or to Albany.
Why is there a picture of a tractor here? It's a
very unique tractor. Look closely at the name - It is a Porsche.
Specifically a Porsche Diesel "Super". Yes, it was a
sister company of the same that sold the Porsche cars. And, no -
this thing did not go fast. It did a great job at going slow. This
"Super" is over 50 years old and still runs great. This is a
three-cylinder air cooled model. My family used to sell and
repair them . For a history of the tractor, visit the Porsche
There is a interesting story behind this tractor. 50 years ago, a
PD salesman, Roland Lohnert (See the Porsche Diesel Registry link
above) sold my father his first tractor to sell as a dealer
in upstate NY. When my father passed away in 2009, Roland
purchased this "last" tractor from us.