Amateur Radio and I have been together for many years. "Elmers" were DXers Frank W9DUB, and George W9EVT, whose ham setup at a Summer Scout camp in Northern Wiscsonsin that I attended inspired me to seriously prep for my ham ticket. When the new Novice license kicked off back in 1951 with just a required 5 wpm code test, I was one of the first to take the exam at the FCC office in my hometown of Chicago. I became WN9OGY, and later passed General class while attending the University of Wisconsin, becoming W9OGY.
I had a long career in broadcast media, working on the "talent" side of commercial radio and TV beginning in Wisconsin, then Chicago during the 1960's. In the 70's my career took me to the East Coast where I was W3HHI (poor call for a cw guy!) - then Extra Class AE3C. In 1996 I became K3SC. Over the years my Ham activity has been very active, somewhat active, or inactive, depending upon family life, career demands, and sunspots - along the way I managed to pick up a few awards including DXCC Honor Roll, (347 mixed) and met alot of great people around the planet thanks to this fantastic hobby. I semi-retired in 2009 .
My station is modest mix of old & new - Yaesu FT-1000MP- Heil HM-10 mike-Bencher BY1. Amp is a vintage Collins 30L1 left from a complete S-Line I had in the '60s. Also a Diawa CN-801HP SWR/Power Meter- and a Yaesu FT450 -mainly for 6M & travel. Tower is a Universal self-standing @ 60 feet (20M )(300M ASL). Antennas: Hygain TH-7 stacked w/ a Cushcraft A50-5S for 6m - topped with a KLM 12-17-30 Vertical. Wires include a ZS6BKW/G5RV mainly for 20/40/80m and an Alpha Delta sloper for 160m.
QTH - North Central Maryland - 70km from Washington DC and 60 km from Baltimore. I prefer CW-operate and SSB now and then -enjoy the DX pile-ups.I am a longtime ARRL member and PVRC (Potomac Valley Radio Club) - also a volunteer card sorter for the ARRL Third District Incoming DX QSL Bureau.
Pse QSL Direct or via Bureau.
73s and Tnx for looking in! Ron, K3SC
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