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 ]. I'm presently acting as the QSL manager for the N3SH & WA3SH club calls, as well as for the NP2SH/B beacon (although selected contest operations for NP2SH should go as directed)
I am also an officer in the Greater Pittsburgh DX Association, and am the trustee for the historic W8XK call sign. I'm also involved with the WPa QRP Club, W3IBT.
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.
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).
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 17 year old daughter (aka "Little Miss Field Day" -- a born ham to boot; no, really, her birth weight was 7 lbs. 3 oz!), 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 32 year old son (currently employed by the Washington Nationals!) who has amazed us with both a grandson & now a granddaughter; and a7 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. (Prototype did VERY well at N3SH 2013 Field Day !)
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, 17m 20, 30, 40, and 80 meter awards applied for and granted, as well as 5 Band DXCC.Currently working on 160. Also have WAS on SSB, CW, 80 & 40 confirmed, only a two states to go to complete 160 WAS as well. (If you're in AK or NV and on 160, we need to talk!)
As you can see, my daughter has taught my grandson well...
Please Note: If you worked me during the 2013 running of the 13 Original Colonies Special Event Stations at K2M (K2M/W3WH), please QSL directly to Bill W3WH. It wasn't my station, I was just one of the operators! I will continue to forward any received QSLs to Bill, but it will be faster to send them to BIll directly.
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