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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 wooden floor model AM/SW radio. It had World Cities painted on the glass faceplate. In the 1950's, television reception in our area 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 a 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 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, 54 PA.  In the 1950’s, a two digit ”Zone Number" was placed between the City and State as a precursor to the zip code 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 a long range receiving antenna. I strung a "very long" piece of wire from my 2nd floor bedroom window, and connected the opposite end to a distant set of active railroad tracks, magically it produced a huge signal improvement !!! I also added 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 I would not miss any of the 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 by..  "Any new radio books checked in today?”  The more I read about radio theory in those old books.. the more I wanted to experiment and learn about radio.

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 this great ham 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. My Novice Station consisted of a used Hammarlund HQ-110A receiver paired with a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter. The purchase price for my station was $115.00 dollars in 1972.

I've enjoyed amateur radio for well over forty years. If we've worked before.. It'll be nice to work you again for the very first time, it's that oldz-heimers thingie sett'in. In the future, keep an eye out for me hanging around town doing the "Walker Shuffle" and yelling at everyone to get out of my way... that'd be me.  Cheese and Crackers.. "It's old gett'in tough"  ... HI HI 

Amateur Radio continues to be near and dear to my heart. I'm looking forward to another forty years of great hamming, exploration and adventure... GAME ON !!!


Wayne >>







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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K1CF
Latest Contacts for K1CF at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KA7PNH 2016-01-19 160M JT9 DN72ct United States WILLIAM W BLACKBURN
DL7BA 2016-01-18 80m JT65 JO64hc Germany Roland ' Ron ' Knecht
KD5LNO 2016-01-18 80m JT65 EM31sj United States Steven C Wentzel
F6ECI 2016-01-18 160m JT65 JN05sa France Christian POUMIER
PA3FQA 2016-01-16 160m JT65 JO32bh Netherlands Dick Grolleman
VE3FMC 2016-01-15 30m JT65 EN92ks Canada Richard Paul Peterson
DL4DD 2016-01-14 80m JT65 JO43OU44 Germany Ulrich Lahme
WA0GUD 2016-01-14 60m JT9 EN21mr United States ARNOLD L KRAUEL
G3VIR 2016-01-13 60m JT65 JO01qf England Roland (Roley) BRADE
W1FRA 2016-01-13 60m JT9 FN43pp United States FRANK R ALLEN, JR
VA3DAZ 2016-01-12 15m JT9 EN82mh Canada Daniel Ray
NP4AM 2016-01-12 15m JT9 FK68lh Puerto Rico RAMON LUGO
VE7CIT 2016-01-12 15m JT9 CO83ov Canada Les Harris
CE4SFG 2016-01-12 15m JT9 FF45mm Chile LUIS PRADO
F4HER 2016-01-12 15m JT65 JN06cl France Philippe DENIS

Book Totals: 13155 qso's   9748 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#1573
Granted: 2015-03-27 05:15:04   (K1CF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#7509
Granted: 2015-03-26 08:00:02   (K1CF)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 17 Meters Digital
United States Award#968
Granted: 2015-03-26 07:55:03   (K1CF)

Grid Squared Award#6278
Granted: 2015-03-26 07:55:02   (K1CF)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 160 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
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