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Click here to take a look at my Morse Code Key, Paddle and Bug Collection.
A Note about QSLing:Click here to view my LIVE Webcam in my Shack
Please send QSL's via LoTW or Direct ONLY.  I will send out a card to any contact made, but I am trying for DXCC and WAS from this QTH in 2014 and I prefer LoTW to get my points. 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.
 
DXCC:My Babies.
I've worked 128 entities since February 2014. I'm up to 84 entities confirmed, only 16 more to reach my goal of DXCC from this QTH, in 2014.
 
WAS-CW:
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
 
ARRL Centenial QSO Party:
A QSO with me is worth 5 points for being a VE.
 
My Modified UR5CDX CT755S paddle.A little about me:
My name is Tom Alessi. I received my Novice license (WN1TNK) 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, mobile APRS (K1TA-9) and building antennas. On weekends I like to participate in contests, and while I never submit my logs, I love making a few quick contacts for the log.  I also collect straight keys, bugs and paddles. Click here to take a look at my Morse Code Key, Paddle and Bug Collection.

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 (225'+ on one side, 85' on the other). 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 160, 80/75, 40 & 20 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.
 
My Professional Life:
I am a Radio Systems Manager for the Westchester County NY Department of Emergency Services where I manage a Motorola Trunk System, several simulcast repeaters and several InterOp systems systems. In addition to my Ham license, I hold several professional licenses including an FCC GROL, 2nd Class Telegraph and a GMDSS Operator/Maintainer license, all with Radar Endorsements. I'm also a Certified Broadcast Technician (CBT), Certified Electronic Technician (CET) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
 
 
 
* Here are some of my websites:

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

 
 
 

My Station (l-r) Vibroplex Champion Bug. Converted Vibrokeyer Sideswiper, Vibrokeyer Deluxe Single Lever Paddle

 

My Shack April 2014

My Station using UR5CDX Straight Key and Single Lever Paddles.

 

The Connecticut Antenna Farm

 

Homebrew 6 Meter dipole.

Homebrew 6 meter dipole made from 2, cut down, stainless steel whips and back to back mobile mounts.
 

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

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, QLF.us
 
 
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 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 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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