First licensed in 1972, became WN3VAW in 1973, received this call in 2006. [Sorry prefix hunters, but you can blame OH2BH & W3WH for finally convincing me after over 30 years licensed, and 25 as an Extra, that it was time to move up to a 1x2!]
Currently Newsletter Editor & twice Past President (1999-2001, 2010 - 2011) of the Wireless Association of South Hills, Inc. N3SH / WA3SH / NP2SH [club web sites at present are http://www.n3sh.org ,http://www.washarc.org ].
Active as time permits on HF as a competent (I hope) DX'er and contester (still adjusting the antenna setup at the new QTH, after three years in a townhouse with limited outdoor HF antenna capabilities). Very active annually in the Pennsylvania QSO Party.
I also Administer the North Jersey DXA's DX CHAT reflector and assist in moderating the Butternut Antenna reflector on YahooGroups. Owned the original Hallicrafters reflector on YahooGroups for 6 years, until it had outlived it's usefulness and was shut down.
At present, I am working for the IT Department at a Downtown Pittsburgh (PA) insurance firm, as a database programmer (dBase III+ Lives!) and Help Desk Analyst. Currently married, with a 16 year old daughter (aka "Little Miss Field Day" -- a born ham to boot; no, really, her birth weight was 7'3"!), who spent 2006-07 singing with the Pittsburgh Children's Festival Chorus as a Troubadour, and has had some small roles in local movies as an actress; a 31 year old son (currently employed by the Washington Nationals!) who has amazed us with a grandson; and a 6 year old dog (who's so glad to see you that she'll knock you flat on your, ah, anatomy and lick your face)
Current station: Primary: Ten-Tec Omni VI+; Backup & dedicated 160: Ten-Tec Corsair II. Other equipment includes:a Ten-Tec PM2B, a Ten-Tec Argonaut (505), a Ten Tec Argonaut V, a 40 meter Tuna Tin II, and some other misc. stuff. last & not least, a Kenwood TS-520 & a Swan 3Drifty, er, 350 under reconstruction.
Antennas: Butternut HF6V & Inverted "L" on HF, Solarcon A-99 (10 -17 M); Butternut HF2V, 2MCV5, and another HV6V, all currently in storage. Also a flagpole vertical project is underway.
Enjoy DX'ing & Contesting. Favorite modes: CW by far these days, some SSB. Dabbling in PSK-31 and other digital modes, but it's too much like work!
DXCC Status: Last time I checked, over 300 confirmed. Mixed, SSB, CW, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 80 meter awards applied for and granted, as well as 5 Band DXCC. 17 completed and awaiting submission (scheduled February 2013). Currently working on 160. Also have WAS on SSB, CW, 80 & 40 confirmed, only a few states to go to complete 160 WAS as well.
As you can see, my daughter has taught my grandson well.
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