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.
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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