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                                             Log QSO infomation from my station  (W4DOW) 

                  NOTE:  QSL imformation: I am 69 years old, Been a Licensed Amateur for 56 years. I got over 69,000 Contacts 

         I Do NOT Do Paper QSL any more. If you must have Paper SASE Please. EQSL.cc (AG)  and LOTW

                                                 Log QSO infomation from my station  (W4DOW) 


                                                Eqsl User           LoTW User






                W 4 D O W 


                                   My Home Web Page: http://wa4hmx9.wix.com/amateur-radio-w4dow



                                         Hello and welcome to my page here on QRZ!

     If we've worked, thanks so much for the QSO. If not, I sure look forward to it!


                                        W4DOW CW Operator for 56 Years Licensed in 1961 




     Join me on FACEBOOK at:   dow.pierce@facebook.com   (Total Amateur Radio & SoTA ) 


 Station as of March 2016 W4DOW 


Picture on the Right (Blue tent) is the setup in the house now... All Kenwoods 

Picture to the Left:  Color picture on the bottom left  is My First Amateur Station 1961/62 as WN4HMX DX60 which I built in 1961 at the age of 14 and the HG10 VFO age 15 which I built in 1962 ) RX is a SX99 Big Box is a Homerbrew Amplifier ( I built in 1963 (Age16) Pair of 811A 500W and you see a Skillman Bug on... the Desk which I worn out until 1967 when I left home. My father was a Ham in 1947 when I was born. Dr came to house to bring the new baby into the world (ME) when he spank me on the butt and I took my first breath the first thing I heard was my Father on 40M CW sending CQ, So I can say I been in the Hobby all my life. and Its not just a Hobby for me its a way of life. Retired now and 68 Years old and enjoy it even more today as I did in 1961 Keep the Call of WA4HMX for 53 years until I Got the W4DOW  Oct 2013 and Its much better on CW as I am a 30/35 WPM operator Contester, Dx'er and Full time SOTA chaser on W4V (Virginia) Stations Now All Kenwoods Two TS590S and One TS570S With Rig Control thru TRX Manager Software. (Details Below)  Telnet to W4ML Cluster in Va.

My Antennas as of Jan 2015 (1) G5RV @ 40/45 Feet  (2) SupperLoop80 @ 60 feet  (3) EAGLE ONE Vertical 

mounted on pipe 3 feet off the Ground.. VHF 6 Meter 5 Ele KLM Beam at 30 Feet    2 meter Curshcraft 13B2 @ 45 Feet 

Picture TOP Left is my Kenwood TS530SP Station with the MC60 Mic, SP230 Speaker, AT-230 Tuner and SM-200 Station monitor.

Station Top Right is Kenwood setup Now 2014 with Two TS590S and one TS570S Rig control thru TRX Manager Software and telnet Cluster thru W4ML.Net near Richmond Va.

Photos above as of April 15,2015 is the Kenwood setup with the New BM800 Boom mic. 

Antenna digm is the SuperLoop 80 one of the best Homebrew wire antennas I have ever had. 80-10M 

4:1 Balun Feeding with 9913 coax... mine is at 60Ft... If I hear them they hear me. 


    I am 69 Years old and here is a Cw Morse Code Straight Key thats Older than me. 
My Father was in Europe WW2 after the Battle of the Bulge he took this Morse Code Key out of a German Communication Bunker and brought it back home when he got out after the WAR. He learn CW on this Key in 1947 ( His Call was W4YQW) SK in 1972. I learn CW on this same key in 1961. Call was (WN4HMX up grade to WA4HMX) Had this call for 53 years Got the New Vanity Call W4DOW in 2013 for the Ease on CW. I was told the German name for it was Baumuster WWII 
I am Still using this OLD Key on the TS530SP playing on 40M CW. 
(NOTE: This key at one time had a Brown plastic cover but over time it got lost . The Contact is GOLD 





Here is picture of my Shure Brothers 278 (AKA) Green Hornet
or was called The dispatchers Mic ( Made in 1950) 
This one came From AEP in Abingdon. My Father was T&D Cleark dispatcher and when they changed over their Radios in 1961 
They gave him this Mic. He used it for years on his Johnson Viking 2 and later years I used it on many different SWAN's and some of the 
Older Kenwoods . I over-hauled it. Cleaned and new paint. 
Tested it today on 7.220 with 2 Amateurs and got really great Audio Reports compaired with the MC-60 
Clip below cam from a Add on EBAY on a Suree Brothers 270 on a Shure S36 Tear-Drop stand (Not crazy about the color but that was the original color) 
(Vintage (RARE) SHURE BROTHERS Controlled Reluctance "HIGH IMPEDANCE" type MICROPHONE, Model #278 Green Hornet with a black element stenciled 99B66 dated 5-50. Manufactured by SHURE BROTHER'S, INC., CHICAGO, 
The Sure Brother 278 is selling on ebay at $300.00 Plus..


  If you must have a Paper QSL SASE Only. I been a HAM for over 54 Yrs and have? Got a Truck load of QSl cards.  Retired and Fix Income EQSL ONLY or SASE!

       Home-brew Amplifier built by my father in 1961 . using a Eimac 6C21 RADAR Pulse Tube 

Pole Pig Transformer 220V Setting at  8.000 VDC thru 4 866 Ref Tubes 

Run on AM Driven by a Johnson Viking II 

Spects on Tube. 

Base Sidecontact and top contact
Filament Vf 8.2 Volts / If 17 Ampere / Direct /
Description Special version of 1000T transmitting triode, intended as high-voltage radar pulse modulator. Capable of handling pulses of 15A at 30KV, with grid driven from -1000V cutoff to 1500V. 
Can be used at 7.5V filament supply to replace 1000T. 
Eimac, GE and Machlett known manufacturers 
Tube prices

Unknown WWII Vinatge 

Tested RF Output on AM in 1961/1961   5 KW  input 




I  am now a register user of TRX MANAGER . Rig Control for up to 4 Rigs at one time. Log program , 2 Cluster Telnets esl, LOTW. All rig controls from the screen with mouse. Band Scope. CW Sending (only) From Micros/Keyboard. All ARRL/CQ + many other Contest. Multi Screens Pop and drag. QRZ/FCC online Database (upgraded daily) DX Call Book Lookups from other country Database's.Award tracking . DX Needed Notice by bands or modes. By far the best software I have tryed. But its not FREE . I guess you get what you pay for. Relly a Joy to use and I guess its only that good for those using Rig control and likes total control on one or Muilt Rigs doing Fast QSK operations.Most of all for me Easy to Read on Screen and a learning curve but easy to use.. Lots of other good stuff I havent listed here. 

You can Download a FREE Demo to check out @  http://www.trx-manager.com/   

(Dow) W4DOW)           






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                                 I telnet to the DX Cluster network via: W4ML USA flag USA 

                                                                   Central Virginia Contest Club
                                                                       5303 St Paul S Church R

                                                                          Goochland, VA 23063 USA


                                 Grid EM96bs WashingtonCounty
             Clubs 10X 47327 VP 2301 EPC=5649 HPC=397 070=856 SKCC=11596
                  The latitude for this location is: 36.763934
                   The longitude for this location is: -81.862





                W4DOW SOTA STATISTIS

                                 My First SOTA contact with a Activators was April 5, 2013 ( Local 2M FM Simplex)
                                        ON Oct 2,2013 achieve " SOTA Shack Sloth " status with 1000 Chaser Points.
                                             Oct 27,2013 achieve "Double Shack Sloth " status with 2000 Chaser Points
                                         ON Nov 29,2013 achieve "Triple Shack Sloth " status with 3000 Chaser Points
                                 NOTE* On Novemver 10, 2013 W4DOW moved into 1st Place CHASER in Section W4V 

                                    December 24,2013 achieve Quadruple Shack Sloth status with 4000 Chaser Points  

                                                           On March 7, 2014 achieved 6,000 Chaser Points for Section W4V 

                                                   On April 11,2014 achieved 7,000 Chaser Points for Section W4V (Virginia)

                                                                   On June 4,2014 achieved 8,000 Chaser Points in W4V    

                                                                    On July 30,2014 achieved 9,000 Chaser Points in W

                               On August 28,2014 achieved 10,000 Chaser points to become the FIRST SOTA SuperSloth  W4V

                                 On August 8,2015 achieved 20,000 Chaser Points to become the SOTA 20X Super Sloth in W4V

                         As of June 25,2016 Still holding 1st Place Chaser in W4V @28K (+) Plus Now 8th in NA United States (W) 

                                                            (Just a little over Three Years Now in the SOTA Program) 







Lived in Richmond VA for 27 years and worked as a Heavy Duty Truck Mechanic. many years with Overnite Trans. Moved back to Southwest Virginia (Washington County) in 1997 to my home place with my Wife of 41 years Darlene (AC4VE) Also 20WPM CW  EXTRA Class,

Over my 56 years in the hobby I have been a Class room instructor and an instructor of Morse Code and Text  for new hams and those wanting to up-grade when we had to have it for a license. The Wife and I are also VE's for ARRL and W5YI giving Amateur Radio Exams in Richmond at the McGuire Veterans Hospital for many years. I have Always be a die-hard CW operator working DX along with Contesting and just plain ole Rag-chewing on CW.

AS of May 2012 I have Retired from the work force as a Mechanic. At the Age of 69 now and with COPD it was time to get out.

I spend more time now with my Hobby that I have been in all my live as MY Father was W4YQW when I was born in 1947 born at home and when the Old Country Dr. spank me on the butt the first thing I heard when I came into this world was my Father Sending "CQ" on 40M CW.?

                                          SO YOU DO SEE FOR ME AMATEUR RADIO IS NOT JUST A HOBBY, ITS A WAY OF LIFE.


                              Virginia QSO Party HIGH Score Washington County 2014,2015,2016  W4DOW

                                    Clubs 10X 47327 VP 2301 EPC=5649 HPC=397 070=856 SKCC=11596 








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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W4DOW
Latest Contacts for W4DOW at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
MI6GNP 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 IO65ia Northern Ireland Greg Parke
G4HBI 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 IO83wl England FRANK CASSIDY
IW1FRD 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JN35tb Italy Gianfranco Storari
MM0RAM 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 IO85cx Scotland David Stevenson,
PD1ROT 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JO22OI31 Netherlands Rolf Otten
DK5UK 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JJ00aa Germany Wolfgang Raske
N5KDY 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 EM10cm United States Michael K Blanchard
G3ASG 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JO02fm England RAY F. FAUTLEY
M0TBQ 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 IO82sq England Don Nicholls
KV4LR 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 EL87SB98 United States fla
G4KHG 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 IO83qk England EDDIE SCHOLES
WD9DUI 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 DM03ut United States GARY J LESNIEWSKI
F4BQS 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JO10jl France czeszynski fred
KE5UUO 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 EM12FX83 United States THOMAS W KISNER
DC7CM 2016-05-18 20m PSK31 JO62ok Germany Claus Gutsche

Book Totals: 2814 qso's   1248 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#12934
Granted: 2016-05-14 21:35:03   (W4DOW)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#11652
Granted: 2016-05-14 21:35:02   (W4DOW)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#3781
Granted: 2016-05-14 21:05:02   (W4DOW)

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