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. My career included employment with RCA Communications, Philco-Ford Aerospace Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the final fifteen years before retirement as a technical consultant to government and industry.
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.
I am a member of the Central Virginia Contest Club (CVCC) and the Dominion DX Group (DDXG) and enjoy full bragging rights in both organizations.
My rig consists of an Yaesu FTdx-5000 and ACOM 1000 amplifier feeding an OCFD (off-center fed dipole antenna) at 75 feet. The antenna tuner in use here is Palstar HF-AUTO fully automatic tuner 160m-6m. Due to CC&R restrictions in my community I am presently limited to using a stealthy 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.
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 various DX awards. I'm getting a bit too over the hill to compete in contests anymore. Brain and hand coordination is not quite what it used to be.
I recently received the ARRL 5-Band DXCC (mixed) award with endorsements for the 12, 17 and 30 meter bands, a goal I set for myself three years ago. I have also received the CQ WAZ (mixed) award plus the CQ DX SSB and CW awards. My current DXCC (mixed) standing, thanks mainly to LoTW and QSL card exchanges, is now at 268 confirmed and 276 worked. They are coming a WHOLE lot slower now but my goal for 2014 is to attain DXCC Honor Roll status and 5BWAZ (both are really tough ones as the current sunspot cycle goes down to zero and when limited to wire dipole antennas at my QTH!). I also plan on trying some of the digital modes such as RTTY, JT65 and PSK.
Thanks for looking.
73 and happy DXing
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