A Note about QSLing:Please send QSL's DIRECT, LoTW or via the Bureau. I will send out a card to any contact made, but I am trying for DXCC, DX100 and WPX from this QTH and therefiore I prefer LoTW to get my points. But, if you want a card for your shack, just ask. I QSL 100% in retrun and I don't ask for any IRC's or money. I am happy to send them, free of charge... although an SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) is always appreciated. You can view my collection of QSL Cards by clicking this link.
DXCC: I've worked 148 entities since I set up my latest station in February of 2014. I'm up to 106 entities confirmed with 96 entities on LoTW and 12 Cards. I just had my cards checked and I am waiting for the ARRL to issue my DXCC ! Yay Me. As for QRZ.com/DX100, I have 99 Entities and I should qualify when my cards are entered in my LoTW / DXCC account.
WAS-CW, WAC & WPX:I completed my first personal mini-goal of WAS and WAS-CW from this QTH in 6 months using only LoTW on August 27, 2014. Yay me! LOL I also received QRZ's new "Continents of the World" in January 2015. As for WPX I am still short by less than 20 prefixes on CW.
ARRL Centenial QSO Party: A QSO with me is worth 5 points for being a VE.
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 here to view my DMR Resource page.
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 into to an off-center fed ZEPP. 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.
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.
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 & 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 and even some old AM'er on 75 meters. That's where I first heard Chuck WA1EKV (now K1KW) and received my first SWL QSL card. I was obsessed with ham radio operator and wanted to be one. My dad also had a friend 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, 1970 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! 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 too. When I finally passed my novice test in 1974, I told Mr. Stokes and I could tell he was proud. Later, at age 22, 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.
We lost touch back in the 1990's or so. 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 that guy, he was a great person. I wish I could have seen him before he passed away back in 1995.
Mr. John Henry Stokes, W1MQA, was a wonderful man. Everyone should have such a mentor (or Elmer).
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