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QSL: DX: VIA BURO, US DIRECT. ALSO EQSL . OR LoTW

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Greetings fellow hams!

On March 22, 1966, the FCC issued the novice license WN3FOZ to me, and I made my first QSO with my Elmer, Jim Albert K3TFL. Since then I've upgraded and held the callsigns WA3IHK, WA3FOZ and now W3BC. You'll find me active on HF with a fully equipped Icom shack, along with VHF and UHF EME and weak signal capability.

I may be talking to you from the mobile, where the rig is an Icom IC-7000, an LDG AT-7000 autotuner and a Hustler antenna for the band we're on. So far, I have worked 97 DX countries and 49 states (still looking for KL7) from the mobile. Best DX QSOs to date are South Africa on 75 SSB, and another mobile in Australia on 20 SSB!

In VHF/UHF and other contests you might work W3BC/ROVER -- when I'm not operating at W3SO. I usually activate the relatively rare grids of FN00, FN01, FN10 and FN11, and sometimes I'll set up on the highest point of EN90 and/or EN91. Recently, I've experimented in EM99, FM09 and FM19 with encouraging results.

Activating the Quad-Counties of Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron during the PA QSO Party has become a priority as well. I plan on continuing and expanding my roving efforts, including more grids, bigger and better antennas and additional bands and contests.

I founded the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club in 1975. Today, I publish The Parasitic Emission newsletter and maintain the club's website. I am currently serving as President, and I continue to prod and provoke the membership to do more and to serve as the locus for regional Amateur Radio activity.

Since May of 2015, I have been serving clubs in the Western Pennsylvania Section as the Affiliated Club Coordinator. I consider my ARRL work to be the high-point of my 50-year Amateur Radio career. My philosophy has always been that strong clubs make Amateur Radio better for everyone in the area they serve. I appreciate being given the opportunity to assist all the clubs in Western PA to become more vital and more active, and I have set a goal for myself to visit each and every one of them at least once a year, and to be of assistance in every way I can.

If there is anything I can do for you, it will be my pleasure to serve you!

 


 

Here's the short version of my Ham History.

  • From the time I was 5 or 6, I knew I wanted to be a ham. Having only limited resources I built a crystal set. Later, using an Arvin clock radio, I became a BCB-DXer, collecting many BC QSL cards from across the country. I even signed up with the Popular Electronics SWL club and received the "callsign," WPE3GVZ.
  • First licensed as WN3FOZ in March 1966.
  • Passed the General exam at the FCC auxiliary office in Pittsburgh May 1967.
  • Received the General license, WA3IHK in June, 1967. Back then, the next step up was Extra class, which required a two-year wait as General followed by a 20wpm Morse sending and receiving test, and the same level of electronics theory as the First Class Radiotelephone; the Novice was only good for one year and you could only hold it once.
  • 1970-71, at Penn State DuBois, rebuilt the "Amateur Shortwave Radio Station" in the "Mansion", with WA3HPE, WA3HSE and WA3GQU. Field Day 1971 was on Monument Hill behind the campus.
  • Upgraded to Advanced Class at the FCC Buffalo Field Office in 1972.
  • Penn State ARC, helped move and rebuild WA3HCG, elected station manager at K3CR. Taught code and theory classes, participated in public service communications, built the SB-220 amplifier at K3CR, 1971-75.
  • Founded Quad-County ARC in DuBois, PA, April 1975. Through the following years, I was a frequently serving club officer, and edited The Parasitic Emission newsletter.
  • Passed the 2nd Class Commercial Radiotelephone Operator exam in Buffalo, November 1976.
  • Passed the 1st Class Commercial Radiotelephone exam in Buffalo, while surviving the January 1977 Great Blizzard with WA3UFN and his trusty, highly secure International Scout.
  • Upgraded to Amateur Extra Class at the Buffalo Field Office in July, 1979.
  • I taught Electronics Technology at Jeff Tech beginning in 1979, and licensed more than a few hams from among my students.
  • I serve as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, and taught many licensing classes all over the four county area from 1975-85. I resumed this activity in 2010.
  • Broadcast Engineer, serving over 30 radio stations all over the Western Pennsylvania area. I designed and built 14 studios and transmitter sites for both new and existing stations from 1986-96.
  • Moved to Pittsburgh to teach electronics at Parkway West AVTS and computer applications at the Community College of Allegheny County.
  • Since the summer of 2009, I've resumed publishing The Parasitic Emission Amateur Radio Newsletter. I provide the newsletter free of charge to interested amateurs in a 15-county area of western-central Pennsylvania.

I'm a member of the Steel City ARC (W3KWH), the Quad-County ARC (N3QC), ARRL Life Member, SKCC (#289), Breezeshooters and more. I am active on MF, HF, VHF, UHF, SSB, CW, Digital and repeaters. To this day, I still enjoy listening on my many receivers, experimenting with new intercept techniques using SDR, and designing and building antennas, radios and homebrew vacuum tube projects.

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