W4HET was first licensed in 1948 while in high school. Home brew regenerative tube receiver and 6L6 crystal controlled transmitter to a haywire antenna got WAS in 1948. Finally made it to 330 DXCC entities by 2015. Achieved 2016 DXCC Honor Roll status. Current main gear includes Kenwood TS-590 driving Ameritron 1500 to XR-5 multi band Yagi array.
Also operated as ZF2BN since 1978 with many trips to Cayman. In Cayman operate from various houses and resorts usually using vertical antenna sitting on beach. Most recent Cayman trip in 2014 used TenTec Eagle transceiver with 100 watts output.
W4HET is a retired Electrical Engineer with degrees from George Washington University and the University of Maryland. An early career detour included U.S. Army Signal Corps radar service from 1955 to 1957. Initiated the Bent Ionosphere Correction Model while at NASA-Goddard in collaboration with Dr. Rodney B. Bent. Also conducted first early search and rescue feasibility demonstrations at NASA using AMSAT satellites.
In 2002 married junior high school sweetheart and retired registered nurse Shirley Dean Crabb after using the internet to locate her in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We both were previously widowed. All 5 of our children are gainfully employed. All 8 of our grandchildren but one are either near college graduation or college graduates. The one not yet in college is tutoring fellow students in high school calculus. One is a University of Virginia licensed lawyer and another a Notre Dame Phi Beta Kappa business consultant.
Finally many thanks to the numerous silent keys who helped me overcome many technical obstacles over the years. These include W3BHV, W3DZZ, W3ODJ, W3NL, K5FY, W4SBK, W3PT, W3OQO, W3OPK, W3OHI and others. W3ODJ was my good friend and neighbor for over 60 years. W3BHV introduced me to Ham Radio and lined up my first part-time job at Ahrendt Instrument Company in 1952. W3DZZ a onetime engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory invented the world famous “W3DZZ trapped multiband antenna”.
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