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Prior callsign:
WD8AFB
July 9, 1976 - February 23, 2015

I have been very blessed and I am thankful. We didn't have much growing up, but we never realized it as children. I had great parents who knew how to raise their children with love. I am also blessed to have an absolutely wonderful wife.

Amateur radio was a major influence early in my life. It shaped who I became and how I applied myself during life. It is amazing how a hobby can shape a person's life.

I obtained my novice license in 1976, at the age of 14. Obtaining my novice license showed me that I could do anything if I tried! I remember when it came in the mail. I was SO excited. The first thing my father said when I opened it and saw my new call sign was "WN8AFB .. Air Force Base. That's a good call." The irony of getting this call is that I am now an airline pilot. I have been a pilot for many years, and have flown all over the world. In the early '90s I flew for Sabena World Airways out of Brussels Belgium while I lived in Antwerp. It was a great experience living and flying in Europe for a couple years.

Here are some pictures of my beautiful YL and I. We enjoy traveling.

Pacific Ocean My PYT
Mt. Hood Charles Shultz Museum
Rome Athens
Paris London
   

My first award was for working / confirming the original 13 states during the 1976 Bicentennial year, using a Heathkit HW-16 and various antennas. This award was offered by the Kearny, N.J. Amateur Radio Club.

Kearny New Jersy K2BDX award

I have always enjoyed working the low bands.The first beam I was able to use was a monoband 4 element yagi on 10 meters mounted in our plum tree. I was very active on 10M then and got a lot of 10M awards/memberships. I have posted some of them at the bottom of this page. Does anyone remember these old 10-10 Chapters?

Like everyone else, life has given me some distractions from amateur radio. I was inactive for 24 years. In 2007 I became active on VHF/UHF with Dstar. In 2009 I got back onto the lowbands. My current shack is pictured below. I have furnished it with an Icom 7600 and some classics from Heathkit. We had an HW-101 back in the 70's & 80's, so I bought another one in great shape on Ebay. I built the HR-1680 receiver in 1979 for a high school project. I never knew Heath had a matching transmitter for the HR-1680 until my brother Eric (WD8KNL) & I saw one at the Orlando hamfest in 2009. I picked this one up on Ebay and restored it. They are a fun pair to work CW with.

I love the smell of TUBES! It makes me feel like a kid again. :-)

I truely enjoy working CW with my vintage straight keys and Vibroplex bugs. I am active with the SKCC & FISTS organizations.

 

Current CW keys & bugs:
1962 Vibroplex Champion bug, 1920's Vibroplex Original bug, Vibroplex key,
WWII Royal Air Force (RAF) "Bathtub" key and WWII era Navy "Flameproof" key.

Below: WWII Navy flameproof key and WWII RAF "bathtub" key with custom steel bases.

 

My current HF equipment is:

  • ICOM IC-7600

  • Heathkit HW-101 -w- Shure Bros. 444 mic

  • Heathkit HR-1680 Rcvr & HX-1681 Xmiter

  • Heathkit SB-200 Amp

  • Kenwood TS-140S

  • Kenwood TS-570D

  • Heathkit HW-8, about 1 w. output

  • Yeasu FT-817, .5 to 5 w output

I really enjoy the old Heathkit equipment. I have a collection of many old Heathkit Catalogs. I am in the process of scanning and posting them on my website. To view them, go to www.WD8AFB.com

 


My Antenna(s):

1. Hustler 6BTV vertical with a DX Engineering current balun and tilt base. It has eight 30ft radials spread through the palmettos. It is right next to a big pond and the ground has good conductivty. It works very well on 40m & 30m.

2. NOTE: On June 8, 2016 - Tropical Storm Colin ripped down my 40m Extended Double Zepp. :-( It lasted 7 years up in the thin palm trees behind my house.

The Home Owners Association will not allow me to put up a tower or visible antennas. Therefore my antenna is hidden in the woods behind my house. I buried 130' of 2 inch conduit from my house into the woods. I have 160' of LMR-400 feeding my antennas through a remote antenna switch.

My Hustler 6BTV vertical
 

176 ft dipole

 



SKCC # 7196S

FISTS # 15361

CC# 2125

 

NAQCC # 7637

10-10 # 16130

QCWA # 34700

SMIRK

SMIRK # 7003

 

 

 

Digital Clubs

EPC Logo

EPC # 20379

DMC Club

DMC # 06124

BDM # 3474

Natal Digital Group - Brasil

NDG # 1344

30MDG

30MDG # 6271

BARTG

BARTG # 8981

CDG # 1062

 

 

 

To QSL: Direct, LoTW, eQSL(AG), SKCC Bureau or via the ARRL Bureau

I reply to ALL QSLs rcvd. No SASE needed.

ARRL Bureau February 8, 2016
Latest mailing to outgoing Bureaus:
SKCC Bureau March 31, 2015

 
 

Back in the late 70's I started collecting many different 10X chapter memberships. Here are some of them.

 

All-American # 907 Dallas County # 849Tamale # 599HMoKan # 532 Chattahoochee Valley # 289 Mid Tennessee # 329City of Roses # 1C760Cowtown #CT599War Eagle # 360Jackalope # 660 Cincinnati Area Ten Tuners # 1132LIARS # 1043ACypress # ?27 Sun Coast # 636 Chief Seatlle #CHIEF 1108 Co;rado Centennial # 971

Raggedy Ann & Andy # 937North Star # 680

 


 
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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W4AFB
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dedateband mode grid Country op
KB1WOD 2016-07-17 20M CW FN33qw United States Dave
K5MP 2016-07-17 20M CW EL96vj United States Mike
AC5P 2016-07-17 20M CW EM26ar United States Mike
W9BM 2016-07-17 20M CW EM13qb United States Jim
W5LD 2016-07-17 20M CW EM31sd United States Dennis
G0RDO 2016-07-17 20M CW IO80em England John
AK4SQ 2016-07-17 40M CW FM07jk United States Dan
KE0JMZ 2016-07-17 20M CW EM48rk United States Ray
K6JEB 2016-07-17 20M CW CM87ux United States Jack
KE4OH 2016-07-10 40M CW EM75vu United States Steve
KB5AE 2016-07-10 20M CW EM14qs United States George
KP4SJ 2016-07-10 20M CW FK68vj Puerto Rico Pablo
NP4IW 2016-07-10 20M CW CM87xv United States Carlos
N9OL 2016-07-10 20M CW EM68fb United States John
K3SEN 2016-07-10 20M CW FM19gb United States Dale

Book Totals: 1100 qso's   198 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#3179
Granted: 2016-07-23 21:51:15   (W4AFB)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties CW
World Continents Award#8237
Granted: 2015-04-13 16:04:03   (W4AFB)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters CW
  • Mixed CW
Grid Squared Award#6898
Granted: 2015-04-13 16:03:48   (W4AFB)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
DX World Award#3031
Granted: 2015-12-22 14:28:26   (WD8AFB)

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