My callsign, WA2VQW, is the original callsign granted to me in 1961. It takes longer to send in CW than a 2x2, but after using it for 50+ years, I have no desire to change it! On September 25th 2011 I began celebrating my 50th year on the air.
In 2010 and 2012, during the July 4th 13 Colony activity, I operated as WA2VQW/K2A from the "NEW YORK COLONY".
Stateside CARDS FOR WA2VQW/K2A, go to ME with a SASE. For DX STATIONS, please note, one green stamp will no longer cover postage. I will accept EITHER ONE EURO or ONE VALID IRC or $1.05 (U.S. or CANADA, MINT postage stamps) for return postage. You do NOT have to send me TWO greenstamps.
Due to the large volume of bureau cards I have received for "WA2VQW/K2A, I can no longer accept K2A cards via the bureau.
ALL QSL's FOR WA2VQW ( NOT WA2VQW/K2A) that are sent via the BUREAU, will be replied to 100% via the BUREAU.
My 2008 activity from FJ, St. Barthelemy, as part of the TO5RZ team, was loads of fun. This was the ABSOLUTE BEST of the last six DXpeditions that I have been on. Working through the pile-ups was GREAT FUN, and ALL with the ICOM 706 mk2g and my J38 straight key! I made over 4500 Q's in about 5 days! ALL of the 12m Q's were mine.
About one month prior to the TO5RZ DXpedition, I was tasked with designing all the antennas that would be used there. Even though conditions were far from optimum, I am pleased to say that everything worked as designed. If there is enough interest, I will consider an article describing all of them and how they were fabricated, so that anyone who wishes to do so, may duplicate them. EVEN the biggest, the sixty footers, were allowed as "checked baggage" on the airline!
My interests are, and have always been, homebrewing. I have constructed just about everything related to Ham radio in my 50+ years as a Ham.
My passion is antenna design and construction. My favorite antenna is the Cubical Quad. I use a 3 element version on 20,17,15,12 and 10m. I have full wave loops for 40m and 30m. I have designed and fabricated a 5 element quad for 6 meters which I am using at a height of 38 feet and I am VERY happy with it! I have worked and confirmed 48 states so far on 6m. I STILL NEED ALASKA and HAWAII. I have worked 63 DXCC entities on 6m, and I have worked 441 grids. (confirmed 386) (ALL with 100w output)
My ongoing interest in the 30m band has prompted me to experiment with the Delta Loop version of the Quad. I have been using a homebrew 3 element Delta loop with apex at 45 feet for a few weeks now. The antenna points to JA/UA0. I have worked over two dozen different JA callsigns, HL and several UA0's with this fixed beam.
I operate 160 through 6 meters and on very rare occasions 2 meters. I have added the 756 pro 3 to my operating table, and I am now very active on the 60m band. As of February 2009 I have completed my quest to work and confirm, by "paper QSL", all 50 states on 60m within a 6 month time period. I have also worked 42 countries on this band.
RTTY is a new mode for me! With this new radio I have been able to send preprogrammed messages! I have already worked and confirmed ALL 50 states and 213/123 countries this way!
I ALWAYS send my QSL and request for your card, with an SASE and a generic form card (to stateside stations) to make confirming as easy for you as possible. Almost all of the direct cards that I send out are "new ones" for me.
I have worked and confirmed ALL the current DXCC entities from my home QTH. One fine day I will actually sit down and do the paperwork to apply for all the awards that I qualify for from 1961 to present. I have collected well over ten thousand cards.
If you send ME a QSL for a contact that YOU need confirmed, PLEASE include a SASE. I will answer ALL requests that I receive via DIRECT, if SASE is included.
I also operate MOBILE.
I hold the USACA # 591 County Hunters award for confirming all the counties in the US, circa 1988. All but 13 of those counties were with mobiles!
My current mobile and DXpedition rig is the IC 706 mk2g. My previous mobile rig was a Ten-Tec Argonaut 509 with a homebrew 6146 outboard amp. ALL of my antennas are homebrew. I have NEVER purchased a "manufactured" antenna for my fixed location or mobile.
I currently have 214 countries in the mobile log. As cycle 24 continues, I hope to add many more new ones!
The mobile antenna in the picture is for the 30m band. It is only about 5-1/2 feet tall, with a loading coil a little more than half way up, and a capacity hat just above it. With 100 watts, I can work almost anything I can hear! YES it does fit under underpasses that are 11 feet and over! A similar antenna has been fabricated for 40m.
PLEASE! REMEMBER TO PUT /m OR /MOBILE after my callsign, in your log, and ON YOUR QSL TO ME when you work me when I am mobile! Some awards managers are VERY fussy about this! I may need your QSL for a MOBILE award and it must have that "mobile identifier" after my callsign on the QSL in order for it to "count".
I love flea markets. Treasures still abound there but they have become more difficult to find. When I do find these "treasures" I am guilty of buying more than I can use, that's why my garage houses radio stuff instead of my two cars!. At some point, enough is too much, and I pass on these "treasures" to others that can use them. Visit me on QRZ and QTH.com.
I am working on WARC-BAND "WAS", and 60m "DXCC". Please answer my CQ when you hear me.
See you on the bands! Regards!
Mike WA2VQW, WA2VQW/m, J79VQ, WA2VQW/K2A and ?
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