Op. Name: "Bill" IOTA: NA-031 Aquidneck Is. (aka. Rhode) - see maps below. County: Newport Grid: FN41io
Hello to all radio amateurs,
I was first licensed in 1977 as a Novice with call WB3HVS in Pennsylvania along with my Father (ex-WB3HVR, now N4MKJ). I developed an early interest in HF operating on CW including DXing, radio contesting and occasional "ragchewing" that continues to this day.
I later upgraded and was briefly licensed as N4MKK in south Florida. After arriving in Rhode Island in 1988, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, I subsequently received callsign N1QME. I obtained my present call, W1WBB, on April 26, 2008.
After a period of inactivity I returned to the airwaves during the summer of 2006. I'm active on all HF bands using low power, a Hexbeam and various tree-supported wire antennas with my primary interests being HF radio contesting, CW operations, DXing, IOTA chasing and operating on the WARC bands. I try to be active during many of the major contests to put the somewhat rare state of RI multiplier on-air (as well as my island: IOTA NA-031), in both CW and SSB modes.
My modest station equipment includes a circa 1993 Icom IC-737 txcvr to a G3TXQ-type 5-band (10M thru 20M) Broadband Hexbeam (by K4KIO) with its top at 35 ft on a freestanding aluminum Universal 12-30 tower utilizing a Yaesu G-450A rotator (tower/beam erected late Oct. 2011); for 30m, 40m and 80M I use an 88 ft long multi-band wire doublet up at about45 ft fed via 300 ohm window-line thru an MFJ auto-tuner.
A 3/8 wave inverted "L" antenna is used on Topband (about 36 ft sloping vertically and 150 ft horizontal -- W1BB "Mr. 160 Meters" inspired with thanks also to W1XX) including 18 (mostly 1/8 wave and a few 1/4 wavelength) ground radials. The compromise radial field covers only about 60 deg. in each of the WNW and ENE directions due to property line and house structure locations (narrow 100 ft x 200 ft 1/2 acre lot size). A 133 ft offset center-fed (OCF) 10M thru 80M dipole up at about 30 ft is also used, primarily for domestic contacts. N1MM logging software with full CW interface is used during contest operations.
I am an ARRL Life Member, CTRI Contest Group member, and Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) member # 6399. I hold DXCC-CW, WAS (160M), WAC (160M) - all qualified for using Low Power and wire antennas - and have won various contest achievement awards for operations from the New England region and my RI section as a LP station. I look forward to continuing to build my DXCC totals as well providing a new state, IOTA or multiplier to my many on-the-air friends.
***** QSL information update (8 June 2011) *****
W1WBB is **now active** on ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW). This is my **preferred** method to confirm ALL contacts. Past QSOs with W1WBB (going back to start-up operations in October 2009) in most major and minor contests, as well as in non-contest activity, have NOW BEEN UPLOADED to LoTW. Updated uploads to LoTW will continue to occur periodically. My LoTW QSO confirmation as well as my printed paper QSL card properly confirm myIOTA island name & number as well as my RI county.
!!!!! For those who remain interested in receiving a traditional paper QSL card PLEASE FOLLOW SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS BELOW:
** I will answer all paper QSL requests as quickly as possible. IMPORTANT INFO: Due to the large volume of QSL requests a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) *must* be included for ALL direct QSLs (including USA!).
** International direct QSL requests: PLEASE provide minimum $1 U.S. (sorry, IRCs will **no longer** be accepted) with Self Addressed Envelope.
** International QSLs are also OK via the Bureau but will take much much longer for reply. Prepare to be VERY patient.
Please follow these instructions to ensure receipt of my QSL reply. Sorry, I do NOT use eQSL. Again.QSO confirmation via ARRL's LoTW is my PREFERRED method for QSLs.
Thanks for your interest and 73,
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