Amateur Radio and I have been together for a lot of years. "Elmers"were DXers Frank, W9DUB and also George, W9EVT, whose ham setup at a Summer Scout camp I attended inspired me to seriously prep for my Ham ticket .When the new Novice license came out in 1951 with only a 5 wpm code requirement 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 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 then Extra Class AE3C. In 1996 I received my presentcall, 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 a 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 used in the 1960s - a Diawa CN-801HP SWR/Power Meter- and a Yaesu FT450 used 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 6 and topped with a KLM 12-17-30 Vertical. Wires include an Alpha Delta DX-B 1/4 wave sloper for 160 and 40, and an Alpha Delta DX-80 monoband dipole configured as an Inverted Vee.
QTH - 70km from Washington DC and 60 km from Baltimore. I prefer CW - operate SSB now and then - and enjoy chasing DX. I am a member of ARRL, PVRC (Potomac Valley Radio Club) and a volunteer card sorter for the ARRL Third District Incoming DX QSL Bureau.
Pse QSL Direct or via Bureau.
73s and Tnx! Ron, K3SC
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