Licensed since 1952, W1WEF operates most major contests. Please QSL with SASE or return postage , and I will respond immediately, or use LOTW. I look forward to working you again in the next contest or for a longer QSO. I operated ten times from Curacao in ARRL DX CW and phone contests, either single op or mostly M/S with my good friend W1BIH (SK).
I operate mobile CW almost daily, operating more often from the car than from my home station between contests. Outside of ham radio, my wife and I enjoyed RVing across the Southern half of the country in winter for 15 years, but now have taken to going on cruises and have been doing a few each year. I also enjoy fishing (mainly salt water) especially going after tuna with my son-in-law and grandsons,and boating with my wife. I enjoy working on antennas almost as much as operating, and always seem to have antennas planned or undergoing maintenance. I also enjoy carpentry, and among other projects built a ski chalet in Vt with my wife's help and moral support. We used to ski every weekend, in Vt but took many ski vacations in Colorado. In my younger days I climbed Mt Washington 5 or 6 times to ski Tuckerman's Ravine, including once with my wife.
My station currently has a single 108 ft tower with a stack of three TH6's, and an XM240 at the top of the mast at 116 ft. I have a four square on 80, using wires in trees in the woods, with about 24 ground radials on each vertical. On 160 I have an inv L with about 90 ft vertical and 75 ground radials. There is also a 80M sloping dipole from the top of the tower to a distant tree, a 550 ft beverage toward Europe, and a shorter N-S beverage. The rig was a YAESU FTDX 5000D but right now between radios (5000 was the best radio I ever had or used but that's a long story ), and an Ameritron AL1500 amplifier.
My goal in CQWW CW and ARRL DX CW contests in the past has been to make top ten in my category which is usually Single Op All Band Hi power, where there is pretty stiff competition, not only from good operators but from stations more elaborate than mine. I actually made my goal a few times, but now want to concentrate more on just having fun without knocking myself out in my old age! My motto is SO1R forever and I have often been pleased to beat some of the SO2R stations who put in more operating time than I did.I dont hold that against them, it's just that I can't stay awake! hi
Retired since 1992 after 32 years, I was an Engineering manager in an Instrumentation group at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford Ct. 73 JACK W1WEF (updated 12/6/2011)
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