After years of short-wave listening and QSL collecting (as WDX2RPJ, courtesy of Popular Electronics) with a Heathkit GR-91 (had about 1/4" of bandspread on any particular band), was first licensed in 1971 at age 15 as WN2AOG using a Globe Scout Deluxe (remember crystals?) and a Knight Kit Star Roamer along with an 80/40 dipole and one of the infamous 15m rotatable dipoles (arm-strong rotor!),fabricated from the ARRL Handbook plan using 2x2's and galvanized water pipe - that sucker must have weighed 20 pounds!
Thought I was in heaven graduating to a Tempo One (Yaesu FT200) transceiver upon upgrading to General in 1972.
Over the years settled on Kenwood as "brand of choice", owning virtually every one of their "top" HF rigs from the original TS520 to a TS950SDX before getting the Yaesu bug again and going through various FT1000-FT2000-FT5000 setups.
Active DXer - DXCC Honor Roll (current 354/339; #1 Honor Roll 1994; 5BDXCC 1993) and have also always been an avid contester.
Charter member of WNYDXA (W2DXA), co-founder of WNYCC (W2RR - also trustee), still and always a BADXC'er and am a life member of ARRL.
Elma, NY QTH has a Force 12 A4S & various wires @ 50 feet; current rig there is a Ten-Tec Omni VI+ and Titan amp.
South Wales, NY W2RR QTH has three towers presently - a crankup/tiltover with TH5 & D3W tribanders & various wires @ 60 feet; a fixed multi-wire 40m sloper system @ 50 feet; an 80 flat-top dipole @ 50 feet; a 160 inverted vee @ 50 feet and an original 1964 120' Telrex Big Bertha with a Mosley 2-el 40 @ 94' and Hygain Long John monobanders 20-15-10m. The rig there is currently a Yaesu FTDX5000 and Alpha 87A amp, with a Kenwood TS590S and Ameritron ALS-600 for "backup".
Enjoy all kinds of small and big game hunting (and yes, I eat everything I shoot) and all shooting sports (life member NRA, SCOPE, NYSRPA, Elma NY Conservation Club).
Along with the wife, also enjoy NASCAR racing (have been to a majority of the tracks) and local short-tracks both paved and dirt. Used to race Charger-class stock cars myself for a few years back in the 1970's but after blowing a third motor in two seasons I decided that racing wasn't the most practical of hobbies if we ever wanted a house and kids!
Said long-suffering spouse of 35 years is KB2DFO and we started dating back in high school. Most of my (first NEW car)1973 AMC Gremlin's "trunk" area was taken up with a monster Bendix ex-railroad multi-strip FM transceiver (converted to 2m) complete with a remote console and speaker mounted "up front" so she has been used to my "strange radio toys" right from the start.
Older brother Mike used to hold a novice call (WN2BMW) after graduating from CB (KRP-1809) back in the 1960's but gave it up in favor of off-road jeep and dunebuggy racing to spend his time and money on!
My late dad taught radio theory and morse code in WWII (pre-USAF Army Air Corps) but never picked up on ham radio - but he never forgot the code, and often would bring me a piece of paper with a comment "is this what you sent?" when I was first practicing as a teenager. He retired from the USAF Reserves as a Major, and one of his great WWII stories was recounting hopping to airbases all over the country with partner Joe Hardy (founder of 84 Lumber) installing complete "blind landing" radio-location systems both on the bases and in B17 bombers and then "blacking out the airplane windows" and then teaching the pilots how to actually do itwith some hiliarious - and often scary - results and of course more stories.
I QSL 100% upon receipt, but "the old fashioned" way with a card - either direct or via the Bureau - no LoTW here guys - sorry.
Hope to work you soon - probably using W2RR in one of the contests.
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