Catch me on 20m, 30m & 40m CW!
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 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: In 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 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, N3FJP ACLogs, 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 that 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 next goals are to hit DXCC-Mixed 150 (confirmed) and DXCC-Phone.
Bragging Rights: Since I started keeping track of my QSO's in February 2014, I have received the following awards:
- DXCC-Mixed #60,414 (145 confirmed)
- DXCC-CW #22,594 (122 confirmed)
- DXCC-20m (107 confirmed)
- DXCC-Phone (81 confirmed ) I'm Working on it !
- Centenial Point Challange Award (4670 Pts)
- QRZ DX100 (Mixed)
- QRZ DX100 (CW)
- eQSL AWARDS
- eDX (91 Confirmed)
- Worked All States (WAS)
- QRZ USA50
- Worked All Continents (WAC)
- QRZ Continents of the World
- 20 Meters Mixed
- 40 Meters Mixed
- 30 Meters Mixed
- 20 Meters CW
- 30 Meters CW
- Mixed Phone
- 40 Meters Phone
- CQ World Prefix Award (WPX)
- CW Worldwide
- Mixed Worldwide
- Mixed North America
- Mixed Europe
- QRZ Grid Square Award
- 40 Meters Mixed
- 20 Meters Mixed
- 40 Meters CW
- 20 Meters CW
- Mixed Phone
- Straight Key Century Club (SKCC)
- United States Counties Awards
- 250 Counties Mixed
- 100 Counties Mixed
- 100 Counties Phone
- 100 Counties CW
A little about me: I received my Novice license (WN1TNK) more than 42 years ago, on May 28, 1974, at age 14. 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 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. I am also into APRS in the truck. You can view me on the APRS.fi map @ K1TA-6 & K1TA-9 .
Weekends: On Saturday mornings, I open our club's station to anyone that would like to visit, operate or just rag chew in person.
Firefighting: I have been a firefighter for 40 year. I started and remain an active volunteer with the Belltown Fire Dept. I was a career firefighter/Fire Marshal for 5 years back in the 1980's. I was the Assistant Chief for years and currently I am the department's Chief Safety Officer. In addition, I am a firefighter/driver of Engine-7, in Westchester, where I work now. We run a small brigade covering about 2 square miles of county buildings. I love firefighting, it has always been a big part of my life.
I Subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct.
My Station: On HF I'm running an ICOM, IC-7300 and LDG AT-100pro2 Tuner at 100 watts, into to an Off-Center-Fed ZEPP. The antenna is fed with 450 ohm ladder line to an DX Engineering 4:1 balun inside my window. I operate all HF bands but I prefer the lower bands 40m, 30m & 20m meters. On UHF I run a CS-800 on DMR where I can be found on Southern New England (SNE) on the New England DMR MARC Network.
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)
- APCO Certified Radio Technician (CRT)
- Certified Broadcast Technician (CBT) Society of Broadcast Engineers
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Here are some of my websites
Download my Free APP Name: Tom's Scanner
My Station, as of May 30, 2016 now with the Icom IC-7300 and LDG AT-100 Pro II tuner.
My Station using UR5CDX Straight Key and Single Lever Paddles. June 2014.
End Fed Zepp and picture if feedline system.
My Masonic Tattoo, which I got in December 2014
Member of Guilford Amateur Society, Guilford, NC, W4GG.org
Member of Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, W1NLK & N1EV, GNARC.org
Member of the Stamford Amateur Radio Association, W1EE, CTSARA.org
John Henry Stokes - W1MQA
April 12, 1914 - February 7, 1995
I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut back in the 1960's... early 70's and 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 like a proud popa.
Mr. Stokes 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. The year I wrote this, 2014, Mr. Stokes would have been 100 years old. 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 ).