.On the air I go by my nickname: " SONNY ". Written Bio below Pictures
PRESENT DAY STATIONS: Kenwood TS 570, R 5000, Icom IC 746 pro, Yaesu FT 1000 field, Kenwood TS 830, Icom 706 MK2, Dentron QRO, Ameritron AL1500, Etc.
CLASSIC STATIONS 1: Icom IC781, Drake L4, T4X, R4A, Ameritron 811H, Johnson Ranger I, Hammarlund HQ 180, Heathkit SB 220, Hallicrafters TO Keyer.
CLASSIC STATION 2: Hallicrafters HT 37, SX 101A, SX 42.
CLASSIC STATION 3: Johnson Valiant I, Hammarlund HQ 140X, Johnson 1KW Matchbox.
CLASSIC RECEIVERS: Hallicrafters SX 100, National NC 88, Hallicrafters S 38C, Swartzbeck FMZ 1514 loop, Heathkit 2er.
CLASSIC STATION 4: Hallicrafters S 40, HP 141T, Hallicrafters HT 32, Hammarlund SP 600.
CLASSIC TRANSMITTER: Heathkit DX 60, VFO, SWR meter.
CLASSIC STATIONS: Central Elect. 20A, National NC 300, NCX 3, Knight R 55, T 150, Globe Scout.
Classic Transmitter, Receiver: Heathkit DX 100, and a 1924 Federal model61 MW receiver, .
Classic radios: GE Super-radio, SWAN 350 Transceiver, Grundig Satellit 800, & Ten Tec PM3 Power-mite QRP transceiver,
ANTENNA: 4 element 20 thru6 meter Stepp-IR yagi at 72 feet, top of 40 meter inverted Vee, and top of a 30 mtr 5/8 wave wire vertical.
W8FHF work bench, GR 1340,1310A, Boonton 91B, HP 3400A, Astron 50 PS, Etc
W8FHF measurement station: HP 141T, 5341A, 8640A, 4815A, Tektronics 7623.
On the air, I go by the nickname of SONNY. I have been interested in radio since a small boy when I had to listen to radio shows before I had a television set. I became a BC-DXer for a few years and then a avid SWL. I have been licensed since 1962, as a novice WN8FHF, upgraded to general in 1963 as WA8FHF. In 1980 I upgraded to Extra class, and in 1997, changed my call to W8FHF. I also hold a first class FCC commerical radio license.
I worked a WAS as a novice and DXCC by 1965. Presently I have DXCC on 160, 80, 75, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 mtrs. As a DXer, I have a total of 336 countries on CW and 339 countries on SSB. Additionally I also have WAS on all bands 160 through 10 meters. I also enjoy VHF primarly 6 and 2 meters. I have VUCC on Six. Recently I became A SKCC straight-key member number 753-T and have obtained the Centurion & Tribune awards. I am a member of our Club W8VP VHF/UHF contest team where we have placed high in many contests leading the Great Lakes section for many years. My greatest experence on the air was when the P5 in North Korea CALLED ME and had an actual five minute QSO, I almost couldn't speak.
I have taught many ham classes from novice through extra class over the past 40 years and have had about210 new hams on the air from my efforts. My XYL, Lyn holds a extra license with the call of N8IMW; she and I are very active in ARES, Skywarn and emergency prepardness operations. My XYL is the PIO officer for two radio clubs and we are both ARRL VEC examiners.
I was a electronic design engineer, and I have worked for the RCA, AVCO and NCR Corp for a total of 36 years. At RCA, I worked as an electronic componets evaluator for the Minute Man Missile control systems. At AVCO, I worked as a military transmitter designer. At NCR, I worked as a computer designer for 14 years, and then worked as an EMC/RFI test engineer & department manager for 15 years. I was directly involved with the FCC on the development of computer requirements for the Part 15 rules and regulations, (long story).
In 1992, I retired from the NCR Corp at the age of 53 and took a position as a Teacher and Broadcast Engineer for a non-commerical FM and TV facitilies at MUSKINGUM COLLEGE, New Concord, OH. My first task was to convert the facilities to audio digital functions and automation, one of first in the state of Ohio. Additionally at Muskingum, I taught three classes in Speech, Radio & TV Communications and Broadcasting, working with about 100 new students every year and it was great. I RETIRED in July 2005.
I now are the unoffical technical Elmer for most of the counties of eastern Ohio. I am very active in Amateur Radio, as a VEC, ARES Coor., DEC for eastern Ohio, past EC for Muskingum Co, past Radio officer for the Guernsey Co. EMA Director, President of the Cambridge ARA, President of the Zanesville ARC, and President of the nine county Amateur Radio Eastern Ohio Multi-County Coalition. I have completed NIMS/FEMA classes 100,200, 300, 400, 700, & 800. Also a member of CERT. I am very active in ARES functions.
Additonally, I teach Tech, General & Extra class ham classes and have taught 64 technical classes and 8 CW classes. About 210 of my students have obtained their ham ticket from my classes. I am also very active in many local civic functions. On the Air, I enjoy all areas of ham radio, but especially DXing, SSB and CW. I like to work CW (20-35 WPM) whenever possible. I nomally try to make 3500+ QSOs a year. Recently I have joined the PSK-31 hams and find it to bean enjoyable mode and have worked 125 countries and all 50 states.
I live in the country-side on one of the highest hill tops in eastern Ohio with a 25 mile horizon view in all directions with a rapid 150 foot drop-off on all sides. This sure helps in great low angle radiation from my antennas. Makes it great for DXing. Additionally I like to design and test with all types of antennas.
You can see I have a lot of gear from the pictures, but I also have many old-time transmitter and receiver boat anchors. The antenna farm has: a 160 meter inverted Vee at 60 feet, a 80 meter quarter wave vertical & a 75 meter inverted vee at 45 feet, a 40 meter quarter wave vertical & a 40 meter inverted vee at 70 feet, a 30 meter 5/8 wave vertical, a 20 thru 6 meter 4 element Stepp-IR yagi at 72 feet, and a 6 meter a 5 ele yagi at 40 feet. Also various 2 meter antennas and a couple of 1200 foot Beverage receiving antennas.
Sonny Alfman, W8FHF
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