QRZ.COM
ad: dxeng
Please login help/register
callsign: password: secure login
Database News Forums Swapmeet Resources Contact
 03:19:53 UTC 18 Apr 2014 
Advanced Search Current Hot Callsigns XML Logbook Data QSL ListMaker Database Downloads DX Spotting Network Ham Club Database QSL Corner Top Web Contacts Expired Callsigns Daily Update Reports Just Added Callsigns Database Help Forum
Amateur Radio News General Announcements Special Events, Contests, etc. Hamfests and Conventions Silent Keys Headlines
Forums Home Discussions, Editorials, Talk Technical Forums Logging and Contesting RV and Mobile Help Forums
Ham Radio Gear for Sale Ham Made Gear General Merchandise Swapmeet Hot List Ham to Ham References Stolen Radios, Scams and Rip-offs
Site Menu... Practice Amateur Radio Exams Amateur Radio Study Guides Online License Renewals License Wall Certificates Commercial Ham Radio Links DX Country Atlas Grid Mapper Ham Radio Trivia Quiz Life Member Honor Roll
Help Desk, for accounts, lost passwords, etc. Add your callsign to QRZ Subscription Services Users Help Forum Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ QRZ en Espanol Privacy Statement Advertise with QRZ List of Current Advertisers About QRZ Donate to QRZ Contact us
ad: L-HROutlet
ad: l-assoc
ad: l-tentec
ad: l-gcopper
ad: l-BCInc
ad: l-Waters
ad: l-innov
ad: l-AmericanRadio
ad: l-rl
 

W3BTX USA flag USA

Login is required for additional detail.


[+] Mailing label


[-]

Lookups:   23389 Ham Member

Email: Login required to view QSL: W3BTX

QSLing for W3BTX: Send to W3BTX DIRECT (with sase + postage) or VIA the W3 BURO. (Sorry NO EQSL's) *Note: US Postage rates will increase January 26, 2014. VE & XE will be $0.85, all other countries will be going to $1.15. *1 Green Stamp (1 US dollar) will no longer cover postage woldwide.

 

 

"59 Years in HAM RADIO & 41 Years as a Life Member of the ARRL": I became interested in Ham Radio in 1954 when I was 11 years old. My older brother & I found out that the local “Horseshoe Radio Club” held meeting every month and offered training in code and theory. In addition to the scheduled meeting, club members would send (AM modulated CW) as code practice every evening on the low end of 160 Meters. We learned how to take an old broadcast radio and tweak the tuning in order to copy the code and that’s how we learned CW.

 

In April 1955 we took the “novice” test and received our calls. I became WN3BTX (at 12 years old) and my older brother Tom became WN3BZN. In those days, the “novice” license was a “training license” and was only good for 1 year. We both took our “conditional test” and we both still hold the original calls today without the Novice "N." We were very lucky back then, because we had a very good club sponsored training support system. Seasoned member’s would take us under their wing and take the time to polish our operating skills. We used an old WW2 command transmitter (with a 67.5 volt battery for bias) and an old donated SX-11. We were in DX heaven. We both became ARRL Life Members in 1973.*I personally think that most clubs have lost that “training support system” that is so important for newly licensed hams. We seem to get them licensed, and then forget about the ongoing support needed to keep the spark alive.

 

Today, I still have my original call “W3BTX” and I presently hold the Amateur Extra Class License” the FCC 1st Class Commercial / Radar license and the “DXCC Top of the Honor Roll award.” In 1993, I also took the Dutch exam in Aruba and became “P49T.” I presently hold the DXCC Honor Roll from Aruba.

 

In June of 1988, I helped Jimmy W6JKV & Dick K5AND (N4HSM back then) obtain permission to set up the 1st ever VHF / UHF operation from the Holiday Inn in Aruba (P4). I remember that installing that 50 foot beam on a flat roof (with a lot of wind) was to say at the least "very interesting." 6 Meters + 2 Meter SSB / CW & Moon bounce was the thrust of the operation. Some 10 Meters was used as an intercom frequency. My call at that time was P40T

 

In June of 1989, I was part of "The Carolina DX Asso Team" that put St. Martin (FS) on the air for the1st time on VHF & UHF. In addition to some HF, our purpose was to operate 6M, 2M, OSCAR B & J modes. My French call at the time was FS7T.

 

During the 1980's I was also licensed as ZF2BT, VP2ETX, OE/W3BTX, DL/W3BTX, HB9 & HB0/W3BTX

 

In June of 2008, myself and other interested locals formed a new contest club in Blair County, Pa. We requested and was issued the call “W3PN.” Also, starting in Sept of 2007, I used the special issued Aruba prefix / call “P41USA” during the anniversary timeframe on the September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA. This was again activated in 2008 and scheduled again for 2009.

 

In 2009, W3PN was issued the special 1x1 call "N3U" for use over the 2010 & 2011 anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. All information for "N3U/Flt93" is listed on QRZ.COM

 

VHF / UHF from EL98 Central Florida and from FN00tm in Central PA

In 2000 while living in Florida (EL98), I became interested in 6 Meters again. [*I started on 6 M back when I got my license back in 1955 in Altoona, Pa.and amazingly worked about 25 countries using a HEATHKIT Lunch Box running 5 watts on AM.) I presently have obtained DXCC (150 countries), WAS, WAC, WAZ (32 Zones), 650 grids squares and 71 Maidenhead grids confirmed on 6 Meters.

 

Being retired, I also have the time to get involved with local politics as a Public Official. I presently serve (as Chair) on the Altoona, PA "City Planning Commission" (Pop 50,000), the County Planning Commission and also on the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC - EMA/911). *When returning back to Altoona in 2003, my 1st appointment was with the "City Zoning Hearing Board" and was able to re-educate the city with "New Zoning Thinking" on the positives of “Ham Radio Towers.” This resulted in changing the Zoning Rules on "Amateur Towers Height" (now at 150 Feet) in the city.

 

73's & "SEE YOU ON THE AIR."

 

Bob Gutshall, W3BTX / P49T (Trustee for W3PN - P41USA- N3U/Flt 93)

 

 

 

N3U/Flt93 (Pa crash site) & P41USA (special events in Aruba) - W3PN (club station trustee) - W3SO (VHF Contest Operator)- *Member of the "Blair Amateur Radio Society" (BARS) and the "Potomac Valley Radio Club" (PVRC) Contest Team. Life Member of ARRL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified: 2014-03-11 12:47:50, 9447 bytes

Login Required

Login is required for additional detail.


Apply for a new Vanity callsign...

You must be logged in to file a report on this page

Please login now...

Currently updating logbook display.
ad: giga-db
Copyright © 2014 by QRZ.COM
Fri Apr 18 03:19:53 2014 UTC
CPU: 0.041 sec 40408 bytes mp