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First licensed in 1962 as K3VDH in Philadelphia. After a long layoff from operating ( almost 50 years ) my interest in Ham Radio renewed,and I re-licensed.

Now active again as AB1QP in South Central Connecticut. Understand that the paddle and I occasionally arm wrestle. .. . .and some days I get the bear, and some days the bear gets me, although lately I have been beating the bear more often then not.

Rig is a Yaseu FT-950 , and  Ameritron ALS-600,  into wire antennas - a 66 'OCF dipole on 6, 10, 17, 20, 30 and 40 meters, a G5RV,  (with the help of a MFJ 989 tuner on 17 and 30) and a single band wire dipole on 15 , all about 25 - 35 feet high. I split about 50/50 on CW and SSB, with some RTTY and a little PSK thrown in. I like to get about 10 or 12 hours in on major contests.

I enjoy paper QSL cards, and will QSL via any method, but I still like paper.

Since 1983, I have been employed in CATV and Telecom engineering and operations. Currently I am an Application Engineer in the Communication Test and Measurement field, specificly in Network and Service enablement, working with software and hardware for RF and Optical applications, as well as developing operational plans and methodology for "cloud " based "S-A-a-S ( Software As a Service) applications. Prior to 1983 I built and operated recording studios and sound reinforcement systems ....and a few other thngs:-)

I have held a pilots certificate since 1989, and have been sailing, mostly blue-water, since the 70's.


  • FISTS #15747
  • QCWA
  • Society of Cable TelecommunicationEngineers ( SCTE) since 1984,
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • FCC General Class Radiotelephone
  • National Skeet Shooting Association

DXCC Mixed, Phone, CW, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m

Tnx for looking and hope to hear you on the air...


73, Frank

A very long time ago...(1964)
Sometimes I wish I still had the DX-40 and VF-1...and the bug, too
The bug and I got along prett well. My new keyer and I often armwrestle.

Yes, the reciever is an Echocraft EC-3 or EC-4 circa 1949.


Decided to try and recreate my card from 1963 -64 using my old version of PageMaker.
Pretty close. I like the Deco look.



This is what the license looked like in 1962. This one is a little the worse for wear due to laminating, and being dragged around in my wallet for years.
Note the signatures of the famous Ben F. Wafple and C.B Plummer. Todays license seems much more impersonal. The issueing officer was a laser printer.



A piece of ARRL SS history from the 63 Sweepstakes, in honor of the legendary Larry Le Kashman. He was my #35, I was his #908!

Remember, no SO2R, no computer logging, no spotting, no cluster. Just ears, mind and bug. And he always QSL'd.Terrific QSL cards, too.

Another piece of Ham nostalgia from 60's era Philadelphia is a QSL card from W3TKQ, the Amateur Radio Station in the Franklin Institute Science Museum's Hall of Electricity. Sadly, there is no longer a station there, and the exhibits seem to have been greatly dumbed down from the golden era of the 60s and 70s.

Note the wonderful full suite of the then new and top of the line Collins S-Line. The large circle above the operating desk is a global map, with the beam direction indicated by an illuminated wedge. Nifty looking for the time. Museum visitors could listen in on telephone handsets outside the glass. Visiting hams could come in and guest operate. Chief Op Nelson Schurr (W3DYP - SK)was my first Elmer. Besides operating W3TKQ, and teaching ham classes on the weekends , Nelson would run the half million volt Tesla coil, Van de Graff generator, and lightning shows at the museum. Nelson was a little strange, due in part, no doubt, to the daily high voltage dousing he was exposed to. He introduced a LOT of people to Ham Radio. -...- -...- -...- -...-


Another current hobby is Skeet Shooting:
( Yes, I am left handed)













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