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Catch me on 20m, 30m and 40m CW !

A Note about QSLing:   Please send QSL cards DIRECT or via the Bureau.  For confirmations I prefer LoTW, so that I can get my points, but 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 happy to send you one free of charge... although an SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) is always appreciated. You can view my collection of eQSL Cards by clicking here.

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 an End Fed Zepp up at 9 meters (30 feet).  I had a lot on my plate in my private life, so to get my mind off of Click here to view my LIVE Webcam in my Shackthings 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 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 goal for 2015 is to hit DXCC-Mixed 150 (confirmed), DXCC-CW (I am 11 contacts short) and WPX-CW (I need 4 more confirmed).
 
Bragging Rights:  Since I started keeping track of my QSO's in February 2014, I have received the following awards:
  • DXCC-Mixed (160 worked/113 confirmed)
  • QRZ DX100
  • eQSL eDX (82)
  • WAS-Mixed
  • WAS-CW
  • QRZ USA50 
    • Mixed CW
  • WAC-CW
  • QRZ Continents of the World
    • 20 Meters Mixed
    • 20 Meters CW
    • Mixed Phone
  • WPX-Mixed Worldwide
  • WPX-Mixed North America
  • WPX-Mixed Europe
  • QRZ Grid Square Award
    • 40 Meters Mixed
    • 20 Meters Mixed
    • 40 Meters CW
    • 20 Meters CW
    • Mixed Phone
  • SKCC Centurion
  • SKCC Tribune 
 
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 My Modified UR5CDX CT755S paddle.when I passed my General Class License test at My Babies. 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 here to 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, 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.
 
Union Lodge #5 Stamford, CT
 
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 & V2)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
 
 
 
Here are some of my websites

 

K1TA Live WebCAM Co-Starring my dog "Penne".

 
 

 

My Shack April 2014

My Station using UR5CDX Straight Key and Single Lever Paddles.

 

 

This is my HF antenna, I don't know why but it really works well.

 
 
 
 
My Masonic Tattoo which I got in December 2014
 

Me and the guys from my fire house.

 

Me at work after a working house fire 2013.

Member of Guilford Amateur Society, W4GG.org
Member of Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, GNARC.org
Trustee of the QLF CW Operators Club K4NNN, CWOperators.com
 
John Henry Stokes - W1MQA
April 12, 1914 - February 7, 1995
 
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 hooked and obsessed with ham radio operator 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, 1970-72 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 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.
 
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 that man, 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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DX World Award#1635
Granted: 2015-04-02 13:00:02

United States Award#761
Granted: 2015-02-26 20:15:02

Endorsements:
  • Mixed CW
Grid Squared Award#4610
Granted: 2015-02-26 13:20:02

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#1029
Granted: 2015-01-20 06:19:37

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters CW
  • Mixed Phone
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