QRZ.COM
ad: elecraft
Please login help/register callsign: password: secure login
Database News Forums Swapmeet Resources Contact
 21:02:31 UTC 25 Nov 2014 
Advanced Search Current Hot Callsigns XML Logbook Data QSL ListMaker Database Downloads DX Spotting Network Ham Club Database QSL Corner Top Web Contacts Expired Callsigns QRZ's 1993 FCC Database Daily Update Reports Just Added Callsigns Database Help Forum
Amateur Radio News General Announcements Special Events, Contests, etc. Hamfests and Conventions Silent Keys Headlines
Forums Home Discussions, Editorials, Talk Technical Forums Logging and Contesting RV and Mobile Help Forums
Ham Radio Gear for Sale Ham Made Gear General Merchandise Swapmeet Hot List Ham to Ham References Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-offs
Site Menu... Practice Amateur Radio Exams Amateur Radio Study Guides Online License Renewals License Wall Certificates Commercial Ham Radio Links DX Country Atlas Grid Mapper Ham Radio Trivia Quiz Life Member Honor Roll
Help Desk, for accounts, lost passwords, etc. Add your callsign to QRZ Subscription Services Users Help Forum Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ QRZ en Espanol Privacy Statement Advertise with QRZ List of Current Advertisers About QRZ Donate to QRZ Contact us
ad: L-HROutlet
ad: l-assoc
ad: l-gcopper
ad: l-tentec
ad: l-innov
ad: l-Waters
ad: l-rl
ad: l-Heil
ad: l-WarrenG
K1CF USA flag USA

Login is required for additional detail.

QSL: LOTW , EQSL(AG) , DIRECT

Email: Login required to view

XML Subscriber Lookups: 28944

 

My interest in Short Wave Radio began as a young boy in the latter part of the 1950s. In the living room of our homestead was an old floor model AM/SW radio. It had World Cities painted on the glass faceplate. In the 1950's, television reception in the mountains of Pennsylvania was poor. Our family would gather around the radio for national and local news; it was our community’s lifeline and our media choice for entertainment. Listening to Short Wave and Amateur Radio stations became my nightly pastime. In the evenings, dad and I would tune AM/SW stations by turning the wire loop antenna located in the rear of the cabinet. It wasn’t long before I discovered we could improve our reception with a long piece of wire extended to the big pine tree in the yard. We were able to receive AM broadcast Stations KDKA, WLS, WLW and WWVA (Wheeling, WV) as strong as our local one thousand watt station (WTIV 1230kHz AM) Titusville, PA. Listening to "WWVA's Saturday Night Jamboree" from the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, W.V. was front row theater at its finest. The audio fidelity from our old radio was the most extraordinary you could ever imagine.

We lived outside of town on an old dirt road. After school, I would eagerly await our mail carrier down at the mailbox. I can remember being so excited when our carrier handed me QSL cards from around the world. My bedroom wall was the only room in the house that never needed fresh wallpaper. My mailing address was Wayne Dailey Rural Route #2 Titusville, PA.  In the 1950’s, we used a two digit ”Postal Zone Number" written between the City and State as a precursor to the zip system in use today.

I saved my allowance for what seemed an eternity. When I turned 13 years old, I purchased a "Rocket Crystal Radio" from a Lafayette Radio mail order catalog. I would tinker endlessly making performance improvements to my radio. My boyhood dream was to build an efficient DX antenna. I discovered by stringing a "very long" piece of doorbell wire from my 2nd floor bedroom window, with the opposite end connected to a distant set of railroad tracks made a huge signal improvement. I also discovered the principle of adding radials and a radial field to increase performance. I was one "EXCITED" little guy when my crystal radio burst "ALIVE" with so many distant stations. I had to rotate the tuning dial very slowly so that I would not miss weak stations.  After a night of intense Dxing, all I could say was.. OH BABY.. OH BABY!!!  My antenna was a very consistent performer and a resounding success!!! 

Down at our local library, all of the staff knew me.  I'd ask the same question every time I stopped in..   "Any new radio books checked in today?”

On my 15th birthday, my parents bought me a (5) tube Hallicrafters WR-600 Short Wave Radio receiver with all of the SW bands. Suddenly the World burst alive with distant stations from the Far East, Caribbean, Middle East and Africa. Walking home from school one afternoon, I found stacks of QST's and American Radio Relay League publications on the curbside for trash pickup. I noticed the material was all about Amateur Radio and Antennas. I was so thrilled with my find!!! I scooped up those bad boys faster than greased lightning, running full steam home. I read my new found treasures many times from cover to cover, always dreaming of communicating with the world and discovering radio principles.

When I was a teenager, my family moved to Massachusetts. I worked at WRYT AM 950 KHz. in Boston on the weekends as a board engineer/producer. I worked for WRTY over the next ten years. I started on this great radio adventure as a NOVICE (WN1PRU) in 1973. I still remember the thrill of taking my Novice exam in front of a live ON AIR 5,000 watt 1430kc AM transmitter (WHIL-AM/FM) Medford, Massachusetts. Chief Engineer Ken Atkins K1JKR and Bob Shotwell WA1KUZ administered testing. I later upgraded to (General & Advanced) WA1PRU and (Extra) K1CF.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

1464813 Last modified: 2014-11-23 09:03:22, 5726 bytes

Login Required

Login is required for additional detail.


Apply for a new Vanity callsign...

You must be logged in to file a report on this page

Please login now...

Currently updating logbook display.
ad: giga-db
Copyright © 2014 by QRZ.COM
Tue Nov 25 21:02:31 2014 UTC
CPU: 3.544 sec 41280 bytes mp