In 2006 the FISTS WARC Band Challenge was announced, I decided to see what I could accomplish operating on 30, 17 and 12 Meters. I really became engrossed in working the WARC bands. I ended up being the winner of the 2006 WARC Band Challenge and received "The G3ZQS Trophy" That's it in the picture in front of the
I was first licensed in 1947 as W8AVT, and held that call sign until April 1956 when I moved to
I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio, including mobile, county hunting, contesting, and rag chewing. Even though my true love is CW, I do hold Geratol # 2044 for working all states on phone in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter Band. I have also earned DXCC, 6 Band WAS, WAC. I was honored to receive membership in the A-1 Operator Club.
I belong to ARRL, Franklin County ARC and Old Dominion Chapter #202 of QCWA.
My station consists of a TenTec Omni VI, an Elecraft K2, an Elecraft KX1 a Ten-Tec "6N2". Also I’ve got a couple Rock Mites, one for 40 Meters and one for 20 Meters. The antennas include a Cushcraft R7 vertical, an All-Band trap dipole, and a 160 Meter Inverted Vee. All three antennas were dropped by the "Derecho" on June 29, 2012. They are all back up now.
For HF mobile I use a TenTec Scout with a Hustler antenna. Also I’ve got a TenTec 1220 - 2 meter FM rig in my Chrysler van.
For 50 years I had used a "Telegraph Apparatus Co." bug - hardly a well known brand. Then Ray, AB4YZ shamed me into learning how to use the built in keyers in my rigs. So, I got a Bencher paddle and now hardly know how to use the bug.
Some years ago Hector, NP4FW sent me a straight key which he had made using a door hinge. I use it in all the straight key events
My first visit to the Dayton HamVention was in 2001. I enjoyed visiting with many FISTS members. That’s where I decided to purchase an Elecraft K2 kit. I completed constructing it on October 8. My biggest thrill was when VK3DBD answered my "CQ" on 20 Meters. Since it's 9890 miles from
( product detector, etc.). My first solid state rig was the Ten-Tec Argonaut.
I do enjoy contesting and QSO Parties -- not necessarily to win, but just to have fun. In 1996, I entered the Canada Day Contest on July 1, just seven days after having quadruple bypass surgery, and won first place,
I have really enjoyed the International Morse Preservation Society, better known as the FISTS CW Club. To date I have worked 2732 members of the Club and have earned the Century, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Platinum, Platinum-250, Platinum-500, Mobile Century, QRP Century, Two-way QRP Century, FISTS Rag Chewers, FISTS-WAS, 15th Anniversary-300 Award and the NANFA and the Millionaire with 17 Million sticker.
Back in the fall of 1997, with the help from members of the Franklin County ARC, I took on the duties of running the QSL bureau for the FISTS Club. We have handled 402,952 QSL cards to date. It's a task that had kept us all quite busy!
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