A Note about QSLing:Please QSL using LoTW. If you want to send a card you may send it DIRECT or via the Bureau. But I prefer LoTW, so that I can get my points towards DXCC. If you want a card for your shack, just ask. I QSL 100% in return and I don't ask for any IRC's or money. I am just happyto send you one free of charge... although an SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) is always appreciated.You can view my collection of eQSL Cards by clickinghere.
MY QUEST FOR AWARDS: Last February (2014) I set up my station again at my house in Stamford, CT. Nothing much, an Icom IC-756 Pro II running 100 watts into anEnd Fed Zepp up at 9m (30 feet). I had a lot on my plate in my private life, so to get my mind off of things I set a personal goal to see how many awards I could earn in one year. I had been on the air for 40 years and never kept track of QSO's or award standings. But I figured this was a good opportunity, with the advent of LoTW, QRZ and other online resources, to give it a try. Originally my goal was to try and get DXCC (confirmed) in 12 months. Well, some family issues came up in the summer and I was off the air for 3 months. But since then I have put a lot of effort into this, making at least 5 contacts a day, most of which are on CW. Was it worth it...? Yes, I think it was, but now I'm hooked ! My goals for 2015 are to hit DXCC-Mixed 150 (confirmed) and DXCC-CW ( I am 6 contacts short ).
Bragging Rights:Since I started keeping track of my QSO's in February 2014, I have received the following awards:
DXCC-Mixed(161 worked/116 confirmed)
eDX (86 Worked)
Worked All States (WAS)
Worked All Continents (WAC)
QRZ Continents of the World
20 Meters Mixed
20 Meters CW
Mixed North America
QRZ Grid Square Award
40 Meters Mixed
20 Meters Mixed
40 Meters CW
20 Meters CW
Straight Key Century Club (SKCC)
A little about me: I received my Novice license (WN1TNK) more than 40 years ago, at age 14, on May 28, 1974. A year later I became WA1TNK when I passed my General Class License test at the old FCC field office in NYC, down on Christopher Streeet. Since then, I've held many calls, finally ending up with K1TA. And yes, there have been quite a few callsigns over the years. I enjoy CW on HF and building antennas. On weekends I like to participate in contests, and while I rarely submit my logs, I love making a few quick contacts for the log. I also collect straight keys, bugs, sideswipers and paddles.Click hereto take a look at my Code Key Collection. I am also newly into DMR Radio. I just picked up a Motorola XPR-7550 portable and a Motorola XPR-5550 for my truck. Click hereto view my DMR Resource page. I am also into APRS in the truck. You can view me on the APRS.fi map @ K1TA-6 & K1TA-9 .
A Note to my Brother and Sister CW OPS: I always wanted to be a member of the CW Ops & A-1 Ops Clubs, so if you are a member and are so inclined, please consider nominating me for membership.
My Station: On HF I'm running an ICOM, IC-756 Pro II, at 100 watts, into to an End-Fed ZEPP. I was running an Off-Center Fed but it came down in the wind. The antenna is fed with 450 ohm ladder line to an LDG 4:1 balun inside my window. I operate all HF bands but I prefer the lower bands 80m, 40m, 30m & 20m meters. On VHF and UHF I run an Icom IC-820H ALL-Mode transceiver.
Volunteer Examiner: I am also an ARRL-VE, a W5YI-VE and for commerical licenses (COLEM) a National Radio Examiners NRE-VE.
Other interests:In addition to Ham Radio, I like restoring vintage radios, digital photography, shooting handguns and watching sports on TV. I've been a Firefighter/EMT since 1976 as a career firefighter and as a volunteer. I'm also a Freemason (Union Lodge 5 AF&AM) my lodge is located in Stamford, CT and a Shriner in Milford, Connecticut.
My Professional Life: I am the Radio Systems Manager for the Westchester County NY, Department of Emergency Services where I manage a Motorola Trunk System, several simulcast repeaters and several InterOperability systems systems. In addition to my Ham license, I hold several professional licenses including:
FCC GROL with Radar: #PG00018276
FCC 2nd Telegraph with Radar: #T200000108
FCC GMDSS Operator/Maintainer with Radar: #DB00000423
FCC GMRS Licensee: WQET598
FCC Marine Coastal Station Licensee: WQEY245
Certified Electronic Technician (CET & Connecticut State V2)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Here are some of my websites
You can also get to this page by going to: K1TA.com
When I was growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut back in the 1960's... early 70's. I was an elementry school student at Hamilton Avenue School. Back then, I would watch Hogan's Hero's and wanted to be Sgt. "Kinch" Kinchlow, the P.O.W. camp radio operator. When I was 9 or 10, my father won an all-band receiver which I used to listen to shortwave broadcasts. One day I stumbled on some old time AM'ers on 75 meters. That's where I first heard Chuck WA1EKV (now K1KW) and received my first SWL QSL card. By age 11 I was hooked and obsessed with ham radio operators and wanted to be one too. My dad also had a friend named George Buzel (K1LZZ) who was also a ham. I remember seeing his license plate with the "Lightning bolt" on it and I wanted one when I grew up. At about this time, around 1972 or so, a man named John Henry Stokes, a ham, who ran a Motorola two-way radio repair shop, moved his business to St. Roch's Avenue. I passed the place every day to and from school. One day as I was coming home I walked in as he was moving his shop into the store front. I started talking to him and ended up hanging out in his shop every chance I could get. Mr. Stokes realized that I wanted to be a ham and that I knew nothing about electronics. I would ask questions and watch him do repairs for hours some days. Without fail, any time I had a question or didn't know how to do something, Mr. Stokes would stop what he was doing and sit down and explain it to me on my level. He taught me everything he could, including how to use a slide rule to calculate logarithms! He would also tell me how it was important to be a well rounded person, and how he had many interests and hobbies. He was also a private pilot, which I also thought was facinating. When I finally passed my novice test in 1974, I told Mr. Stokes and I could tell he was proud of me. Later at age 22, and right out of school, I landed my first real job with the Stamford Fire Department as an Electronic Technician taking care of two-way radios and fire alarm boxes on the streets. As soon as I found out that I got the job I drive to Greenwich to tell Mr. Stokes... and again, I could tell he was proud.
He retired and closed up his shop and we lost touch back in the 1990's. One day I wanted to get in touch with him so I did a little research and found that he had passed away just shy of his 81st birthday. This year (2014) he would have been 100. I really loved Mr. Stokes, he was a great person. I wish I could have seen him before he passed away back in 1995.
John Henry Stokes, W1MQA, was a wonderful man, everyone should have such a mentor ( Elmer ).
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