NOTE: QSL imformation: I am 68 years old, Been a Licensed Amateur for 54 years. I got over 65,000 Contacts
in my LOG. I DO NOT Do Paper QSL Cards any more. As I have 2 Truck Loads of them Now. I am retired and on a Fixed
income If you must have a Paper QSL Send a SASE. I QSL 100% via EQSL.cc ((AG)) Thanks W4DOW (Dow)
W 4 D O W
EX CALL 53 YEARS = WA4HMX
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If we've worked, thanks so much for the QSO. If not, I sure look forward to it!
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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 CW, 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 67 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 Last Oct 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 68 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..
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.
Sidecontact and top contact
Vf 8.2 Volts / If 17 Ampere / Direct /
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
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/
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 W4V
On August 28,2014 achieved 10,000 Chaser points to become the FIRST SOTA SuperSloth W4V
On August 9,2015 achieved 20,000 Chaser Points reached two times Super Sloth in W4V
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 40 years Darlene (AC4VE) Also 20WPM CW EXTRA Class,
Over my 53/54 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 68 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.
Common sense isn't a gift its a punishment Because you have to deal with the people dont have it !?