Hello and welcome to my QRZ page. My name is Bill and I have been an amateur radio operator since 1996. I enjoy contesting and chasing DX and awards. I am a proud member of the Frankford Radio Club (www.gofrc.org)
Below is a picture of my operating position. Operating conditions include the Icom IC-7600 into an Ameritron AL-811H running 800 watts, and a LDG AT-1000 Pro auto tuner into a Cushcraft R-8 vertical at about 25 feet. The R-8 will be coming down and replaced by a Mosley Mini-32 two element beam in May or June 2013! I use a Heil Pro Set Elite 6 headset microphone. I favor Icom equipment and use that exclusively for HF work. I also have a 80/40 meter dipole antenna for the low bands. Former call signs include WM3L (2007-2010) and N3XXA (1996-2007).
I am a former EC/ACS Officer for Montgomery County, PA. Don't have the time to save the world (hi hi) anymore with my two little ones running around. I will leave that to the professionals. I am a Skywarn trained weather spotter and also run a CWOP weather station that transmits my weather conditons at my QTH over the internet and to the National Weather Service. You can check out the current conditions at my QTH here: http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call=NW3H
I am honored to hold many DX awards. Contesting, chasing DX, and award chasing are my favorite amateur radio pursuits. Some of the awards I hold include DXCC (10, 15, 20, 40 meters, Mixed, Phone, and CW (need18 countries on 80 for 5BDXCC) WAS (20 and 40 meters, working on 5BWAS), WAC, WPX (Honor Roll), CQ DX Award, CQ Field Award, CQ USA-CA County Award. I am 1 zone away (26) from WAZ I currently have 213 countries worked and 196 confirmed. Not too bad for only being on HF for five years this July.
Newest NW3H shack configuration. This seems to be very ergonomically correct with all controls within easy reach and view.
This is the mobile operating position at NW3H/M. It is the Icom IC-7000 running 100 watts into a monoband hamstick antenna mounted on the trunk of my car. I have hamsticks for 75-6 meters but my favorite bands in the mobile are 10,12,15 and 20 meters.I use a Heil mobile handheld microphone which helps with great audio reports. I have200 countries as of 4/19/13worked in the mobile since February, 2009. I hold the CQ DX and Field Award with mobile endorsements. I love to chase DX from the mobile. 100 watts can go a long, long way! Nothing like working a VK, ZL, VU, JA, or BY from the mobile with 100 watts. I recently started working CW in the mobile (only while stationary of course!) So far I have 63 countries worked via CW in the mobile. If you speak toanyone who knows me theywill tell you that the notion of me being a code head 3-4 years ago would be the same as pigs flying! Really enjoying CW!
I live in Surburban Philadelphia in Montgomery County with my wife Mary and our two beautiful daughters Zoey who is 3 and Hannah who is8 months old.
I can't forget our two silly dogs, Lucy (miniature Daschund) and Toby (Poodle-Bischon mix).
We fondly remember Eddie (1998-2011) our beloved beagle who passed away in April, 2011 at the age of 13. Many times he laid by my feet and took a nap in the shack while I worked DX and contests. He is greatly missed and he brought so much joy to our lives! He was a great dog and loyal friend. I thank him for spending his journey with me. All three of them were best buddies and are pictured on my QSL card seen above.
For more info about myself and my station please check out my website at:
CUin the pileups and stay off my frequency! :-) 73 and Go FRC!
UPDATE: QSL Policy for NW3H: Due to the increasing costs of postage NW3H will respond 100% if a SASE is included.For domestic cards please do not send me a card as a postcard as I will not respond to these requests. Your request MUST include a self addressed stamped envelope or I will not respond. For international requests please include a SASE and oneUSDfor return postage for a QSL. I am not out to make money on QSLs like some stations however, I can not pick up the added costs. I hope you understand. I do QSL 100 percent if the above policy is followed. I also frequently upload to LOTW and EQSL and I am very active with the ARRL 3rd Area QSL Bureau for my old call WM3L and my current call NW3H.Thanks and 73.
Working Europe during CQWW CW November, 2011
At the 2010 Field Day entry AA3E at the spacious W3CF shack in EPA.
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