My previous call sign was: W4TRP from 1953 to 2004
I'm a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and a recipient of the ARRL A1 Operator Award.
I am a retired EE in Telecommunication Systems and Satellite Networks.
While globetrotting during my youth, I operated as HS1RC in Bangkok, Thailand in 1964, as XW8/W4TRP in Vien Tien, Laos in 1965, and as EP2TC in Tehran, Iran during 1972-1973.
My rig consists of an Yaesu FTdx-3000 and ACOM 1000 amplifier feeding an OCFD (off-center fed dipole antenna) at 75 feet. Due to CC&R restrictions in my community I am presently limited to using an 135 foot long OCFD wire dipole strung between two 80+ foot tall oak trees. No beam and tower possibilities here unfortunately. In time I soon discovered the OCFD to be an amazing antenna. It has outperformed all my expectations for a wire dipole antenna and it even does reasonably well on the 6m band. My future plans are to put up a "stealthy" vertical GP antenna for the 160m band with buried radials.
I am primarily a CW operator but I also enjoy occasional SSB rag chewing with the many wonderful friends I've made around the world in my 60 years of ham radio. I spend most of my on-air time chasing new DX entities (especially DXpeditions) for DX awards.
I recently received the ARRL 5Band DXCC (mixed) award with endorsements for the 12, 17 and 30 meter bands. I have also received the CQ WAZ (mixed) award plus the CQ DX SSB and CW awards. My current DXCC (mixed) standing is 256 confirmed and 271 worked. They are coming a whole lot slower now but my goal for 2014 is to achieve 300 entities confirmed, DXCC on 160m, and 5BWAZ (a really tough one!). I also plan on trying some of the digital modes such as RTTY and PSK.
Thanks for looking.
73 and happy DXing
PS: I forgot to mention but that's my trusty feline
companion "Meko" standing radio watch on 14,185 MHz
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