I got my start in "radio" at the age of 12 in 1978. "Smokey and the bandit" was popular as was the CB (11 meters AM and SSB) craze. My dad got a Robyn mobile CB, and when I came home from a hospital stay he took me out into the truck so I could get out of the house. I was amazed that on such a small radio I could talk 8 miles away and meet someone I would not otherwise in life. I was hooked, and had a "cadilac SSB station" in the early 80's (including an Avanti Moonraker 4 ele. "quagi [quad-yagi] at 60 ft). I got ham radio information and was mesmorized by the big radios and antennas in CQ and QST, but, due to my rural location and lack of information, I never got to test for a ham radio license. I owe that event in the truck in 1978 to my education and career today (Ph.D in electrical engineering).
The radio bug stayed dormat during college, but it stuck with me. In about 1993 I got my orginal receiver out and the sound of SSB on 20m brought back all the joy I'd experienced earlier. I finally tested and received my first amateur radio license--Technician plus--in September 1994. I upgraded to General then Advanced in 1997. I received my Extra class license in March 2001. My vanity callsign--WO8USA--stands for my QTH, in Western Ohio zone 8 United States of America. Its my pleasure to carry my nation's name on my call and QSL.
My amateur radio interests are primarily HF DX voice, mainly operating mobile during my commute and lunch when possible. On the weekends I operate in the afternoons from home. I am an casual contester and also like the DX nets. I also like operating digital modes like PSK31.
I tried my hand at satellite DX but found that, while fun, the satellite schedules were too contraining for my life schedule.
My two boys are interested in radio too, and I hope they enjoy and learn as much from it as I have. Both became licensed in 2006. I am very proud of both; Ryan, before his 9th birthday, got KD8DOL, and has gone vanity to WO8VET; Jason, at 12, is KD8DPW. They mainly talk to me on 2m but occassionaly can get other contacts. With me as a control operator, they help out in contests and on HF. Ryan upgraded to General and I hope Jason will someday too. They enjoy the competition of radio contests and enjoy getting contacts and logging.
When in the mobile, I run an Alinco DX70TH. My antenna is a "quint bander" Hustler with 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10m coils. I have engineered the antena so I can get in my garage without moving the antenna or hitting the garage with it. Occassionally I add a 40m or 80m to make a hexbander! I have been mistaken for a moon buggy given the looks of my vehicle.
At home, my primary station is a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V with a 5-band Hexbeam (Traffie Hexbeam #201) and Gap TITAN DX 10-80 meter vertical. I have integrated a computer into the station. I use N3FJP's logging systems. (AC Log and contest logs too), am a QRZ subscriber, and use DX Summit.
I hope to achieve 5BDXCC and 5BWAS. With relatively limited operating time I have managed to work 170+ countries, most from the mobile and confirmed. I hate the paperwork of getting all my QSLs together, and even though I now have 3BDXCC, I have not filed. Maybe someday!
l love QSLing and I feel it is a privilege to exchange cards. If you need one---NO NO NO IRC/Postage/SASE needed--its my pleasure. Direct or via the Buro is fine. I also enjoy eQSL and am now regularly checking it. I am now using LoTW but it does not have the same thrill as real QSLs, seems way to complicated to set up. Regular QSLing for awards never required so much security!
I try to get to the Hamvention frequently as it is only a few miles from Beavercreek---my QTH is more appropriately "Dayton, Ohio" for the ham community.
If you need Greene County on any bands send me an e-mail, I will be happy to set up a sked. 73!
73, Chris WO8USA
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