Licensed on June 3, 1975 as WN5OSD. As an 18 yr old Novice I qualified for W.A.S. endorsed 40 m. cw and took first place in La. during the 1976 Novice Round-Up ! My rig was an crystal controlled ( WA5UAJ constructed ) Heathkit HW-16. My Qth was Trees City, La. To my knowledge I have been the only Ham Operator to have operated from the community as a resident.
I've held the Extra Class since 1985.
Dxing is my primary interest. Currently I have 316 DXCC entities worked with 308 confirmned.
I do all my logging on paper, having recorded over 21,300 hf contacts.
I possess the Worked 25 AA award ( W 25 AA ) for contacting 25 stations with only the 2 letters "AA" in the suffix of their callsigns. It took 7 years for me to log them. Only 27 awards have been issued. I have # 27. Quite the coincidence today I am a member of AA, a friend of Bill W. ( " Birthday " Nov. 28, 2001 ).
I belong to ARRL, OTC, QCWA ( Ark-La-Tx chapter 85 ) DXCC, and the Amateur Radio Club of Shreveport.
I have had the opportunity to go up the KSLA channel 12 tv tower (via elevator) to an height of 1700 ft.
The highlight of my Ham Radio operating occured on March 6, 2010 as I experienced my third tandem skydive. During that jump I operated an handheld transceiver. Once the main canopy deployed , I managed to make 7 contacts via the ARCOS 146.670 mhz repeater, beginning at an altitude of 4000 ft.
On Feb. 17, 2013 I made my fourth tandem skydive, bailing out from an altitude of 12,000 ft. Although I carried along my handheld 2 meter rig no contacts were made due to local inactivity.
October 4, 2013 I qualified for the Worked All Zones Award ( mixed ) it only took 38 years!
Equipment : Icom IC-718, Kenwood TS-440s, Ameritron AL-811h amplifier. Antennas : Cushcraft A3S at 33 ft.( 10 m), mounted on an homebrew foldover rotatable mast, constructed from second hand oil field pipe. An G5RV "MAX" (160 thru 10 m ) in an inverted "v" configuration, on tree limb at 74 ft. (22 m.) and an 40 meter inverted vee up at 38 ft. (11 m ). All on a 96 ft. by 150 ft. city lot. Thanks to a very tall oak tree for allowing me to use one of its limbs for the G5RV.
I QSL 100 % direct ( sase appreciated but not required ) or via bureau.
Blue skys and 73
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