Member and past Secretary, President, FD Chairman, etc. (in the 70's and 80's)
Hello, and welcome to my www.qrz.com webpage. QSL to ARRL's Logbook of The World (very much preferred), E-QSL, ARRL QSL Bureau, or direct. I'll respond in kind. I QSL every QSO automatically (and quickly) to LoTW and eQSL, FYI.
I started as WN4LFP in Maimi Springs, FL on 12/7/62 with a Globe Chief and a National NC-188. My Elmer was Chuck Bolvin (now a SK) W4LVV, then K4KQ. WA4LFP in 1963 in FL and Atlanta, GA (Georgia Tech). WA2TEI in NY in 1969. W B 6 Jelly Filled Doughnut (9/26/75) in CA, then N6HE (8/12/77). I turned 71 in November 2014.
Rig is the fabulous TenTec Omni VII on CW, SSB, PSK-31, and RTTY. Love it, love it, love it! I use a Flex 1500 as a second receiver.
Antennas: 80M: Hy-Power shortened dipole; 40/20/10M: Hy-Power OCF40 Off-Center-Fed Dipole; 15M: fan dipole shared with the 80M shorty. All are disgustingly low (about 25' up) but work as expected. A 2-element SteppIR beam is on deck for the near future.
Just set up a new-to-me Alpha 87A RF AMP and wired 220VAC into the shack. QRO operation finally - life is good! Another new toy is the addition of a MicroHam MicroKEYER II radio-computer interface unit that "does it all" and replaced 5 boxes of keyer / voice keyer / PTT junction box / CW interface / FSK interface / 2 audio isolation transformers and about a half cubic foot of rats-nest wires and cables.
I love entering "RadioSport" events, especially on RTTY - I love CW contesting, too, but I can copy faster than my two poor little fingers can type, so it's more work, so I mostly Search and Pounce. Ditto SSB contests, even more so. I enter for the fun of it rather than trying to come out on top (or, truth be told, even near the top!) - although I routinely hunt for my missing band/mode DXCC countries. Low wire antennas, some CC&R's, and a huge close-in hill to my NE limit my competitive abilities. But.... hey, it's all a blast, yes?
I do Field Day (CW) at URAC/K6AA and lead annual Santa Catalina "DXpeditions" with PVARC/K6PV to activate the Island for IOTA (NA-066). See http://www.palosverdes.com/pvarc/index.htm.
XYL is Donna, W6DLD (since 2003 as a General Licensee), ex-N6HTH (1982-2003) and ex-KA6AKL (1978-1982). We were married on Field Day, 1966 (big mistake - er, I mean being married on Field Day, not on getting married in the first place!).
Graduated from Georgia Tech in 1966 as an RF-oriented Electrical Engineer. Member of TKE fraternity. Have worked for Pan Am (1962 - 1974) and Continental Airlines (1974 - 1982), and have been an independent financial planner since 1982.
I'm also an ARRL Official Observer and an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.
Other hobbies: Photography, scuba diving, and international travel (preferably, all at once!).
||Certified Volunteer Examiner with the ARRL