Thanks for taking a look! See below for picture descriptions. I was licensed shortly after my 15th birthday in 1955. My Elmer was neighbor W8HNX in Cincinnati. I had been an SWL and broadcast band DX'er since age 12 when I lived with grandparents who had a Zenith Transoceanic . My novice station in 1955 was a kit-built Viking Adventurer and an SX-99. By the summer of 1956, my family had moved to Washington, D.C., and trembling, I climbed the steps to the country's largest FCC building and passed my General exam. I was issued the call, W3IFA. After caddying that summer and birthday presents, I was the owner of a used Viking II, but also an Ameco AC-1 which was the beginning of my love affair with QRP.
A year later I obtained a Gonset Communicator II and became a weak signal VHFer which remains to this day my main interest. Over the years, I've been licensed as KN8BAJ, W3IFA, K1UGQ, WB2LNA, W2CRS, W0AH and V31AH and now K4LY. Besides weak signal VHF, microwave, and HF QRP, I enjoy contesting and restoring and operating old equipment. I presently operate160 meters to 10 GHz. From 1957 until 1974, I worked 24 states on 2M from Biddeford Pool, Maine, as K1UGQ and was the Maine states worked leader from operating there just the month of August. Operating the Perseids meteor shower, beginning in 1962, was the reason for my success, and I have operated the Perseids every year now for 51 years. On 2M I worked 37 states from two different locations in Schenectady County, NY, as W2CRS, and worked all 50 states (some EME) from Woodland Park, Colorado, as W0AH. I've worked 40 states on two meters from here in SC without EME, and qualified for VUCC on 6, 2, 222, 432, 902, 1296, and 2304 although I may never get around to applying for it. Well, maybe I can apply on LOTW. Same with the 120 countries on 6M.
Ham radio only gets a small portion of my hobby time. I spend more time on nature and wildlife, including teaching classes and photography; and on training for and coaching others in senior games participation and competition including the sprints, race walks, throwing events, and jumps, plus cycling. I participate in the 70-74 age group in all of those. Until I lost a lot of lung capacity because of Alpha One COPD, a genetic variation of COPD (I do not smoke!), I was a distance runner and have run 48 marathons with a best timeof 2:45 before age 40 and 2:46 as a master.
For HF, please QSL on LoTW or send SASE with your card Oops, I'm behing in uploading to LOTW. It's another autumn project. Please be patient!. After not applying for an award in over 40 years, I found I was within a few countries of 6BDXCC.After uploading 45,000 contest Qs to LoTW. I have 5BDXCC plaque 6689,one hundred percent of QSLing on LOTW. I have almost never sent out QSLs, but do eventually return any cards with SASEs sent to me. Top band, 160, is my favorite HF band, and I have worked over 200 countries there. I'm way behind on uploading the VHF contests and contacts, maybe this upcoming winter. I also hope to upload the same contest logs to eQSL some day.
If you want a paper card, please send an SASE. I sit down and return QSLs occasionally.
After 19 wonderful years at our Woodland Park, Colorado, hilltop location, just north of Pikes Peak, Judy and I have moved to a warmer clime, a hilltop, about 200' HAAT, in upstate SC just south of the NC line. I'm active on 160M- 10 gHz and continue to love contesting with top 10 finishes in CQWW, ARRL 160M, and ARRL VHF contests the past few years despite a modest antenna farm compared to the old Colorado QTH (see http://sites.google.com/site/dougw0ah/home).
I'm teaching three courses, BIRDING and BUTTERFLYING, TRAINING for the SENIOR GAMES, and GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE at Furman University in the OLLI program. I've been a student of climate and weather since age 11 when my favorite birthday present was the Department of Commerce (this was long before NOAA) daily weather maps. My undergraduate and graduate studies include almost equal credit hours in the humanities and in the sciences. For the past 5 years, I've spent about an hour a day studying the IPCC assessments, reading and contributing tothe climate blogs, andmore recently teahing about climate.I'm a very strong conservationist and a "luke warmer" when it comes to AGW.
The first picture below shows theeight DPM44-5LVA 5el 2M yagis fixed at 40 degrees northeast to cover the entire Atlantic coast west to the PA/OH line below stacked 14wl M2 yagis for 432 and a M2 6M yagi. The second picture shows my KLM 18LBX 5 wl for 2M plus an ancient skel slot for 222 and the 902, 2304, and, at the top, 1296 microwave antennas. The third picture shows the minimalist Splinter trans-ceiver which I am using this autumn in an effort to work all states with 500 MW. I also have a Hygain Hytower, a seasonal 160M inverted L, and a small 3 el tribander that replaces the 6M beam for HF contests plus some other wire antennas.
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