I QSL 100% via LOTW and Bureau. Direct ONLY with SASE.
A little bit about me...
I became interested in this hobby after discovering shortwave radio listening with a old Zenith Transoceanic receiver and listening to hams on the 75 meter AM window. After meeting a mutual ham friend in high school, I studied and learned the craft & code and became licensed in September of 1988 as KA1SNX as a Novice ham and quickly upgraded to Technician while attending college studying to become an engineer. Through my college years, I upgraded to General and then Advanced between studies and changed my call to N1GYU in 1989. I finally upgraded to Extra in 1996 after close to 8 years as an Advanced class ham and then decided to change calls once again when the vanity program was offered. I have held W1WV since 1996. I chose this call (and the only call) as a tribute to my discovery of SWLing back in those early days and tuning into radio station WWV on that old Zenith with a random length of wire strung in the attic. This was my entry into this great hobby and beginning fundamentals to DXing.
I am a professional engineer employed in the power generation field. My background is primarily gas turbine combined-cycle, coal & hydroelectric power plants employed in the field as plant mechanical engineer. It takes a lot of effort in to "keep the lights burning" which often goes unappreciated. Power generation is a field paralleled to public service that is rewarding yet dangerous. I've been in this field for 20 years and enjoy it. Currently I work for an agency which governs New York state's electric grid.
Addition to being a mechanical engineer, I have a minor in electronics and enjoy radio and electronics tinkering with homebrew projects both electrical and mechanical in nature. A machinist background and certified welding inspector certification compliments my engineering profession.
HF: Yaesu FTDX5000MP, Icom IC-7000
VHF/UHF: Yaesu FT-736R
HF: Balanced-fed 160 meter horizontal loop, 80 meter top-loaded 1/4 wave vertical, 40-6 meter BigIR 1/4 wave vertical, both over an elaborate radial bed comprised of 75, 70 ft. radials. Receive antennas consist of a 153 meter (500') beverage NE (EU) direction and Array Solutions SAL-30 shared loop array for LW through 40 meters.
VHF/UHF: 3el. 50MHz , 6 el 144MHz, 10 el 222MHz, 15el 432MHz yagis.
DXCC #44601, WAS #55302, VUCC 50MHz #1989, Triple-Play WAS #975.
Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England, W1AQ, Tryon Amateur Radio Club, K2JJI, Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Assoc., W2IR, Hudson Valley Contesters & DXers, ARRL and AMSAT.
Photos of W1WV...Enjoy!:
40 & 80m verticals (not shown is the 160 full wave horizontal loop). Each vertical has 75 ground radials:
W1WV tuning the 80 meter vertical matching network:
Beverage receive wire, N-E direction towards EU:
RX Loop Array (160-40) combined with the beverage really improved my reception on 160:
VHF/UHF Arrays - (50 thru 432):
WX station - W1WV-13 on APRS http://aprs.fi/weather/a/W1WV-13
Old FD photo (East Providence, RI operating W1AQ as 2A): W1WV at the mic with N1IBC logging:
See you on the air!
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