I got my start in "radio" at the age of 12 in 1978. "Smokey and the bandit" was popular as was the Citizens Band (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 soon had a "cadilac SSB station" by 1979 and for the early 80's (including an Avanti Moonraker 4 ele. "quagi [quad-yagi] at 70 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 (KB8UXV)--in September 1994. I upgraded to General then Advanced in 1997. I studied in the ar while waiting to go to college classes. 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. From 1997-2012 I operated mobile during my commute and lunch when possible, and worked over 100 countries as WO8USA /m. My commute grew very short and today I do not operate mobile. On the weekends I operate in the afternoons from home. I love to operate during major contests and QSO parties 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.
When younger, my two boys were interested in radio too, and I hope they someday 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 talked to me on 2m but occassionaly can get other contacts. We would set at the station during contests as a team.. They enjoy the competition of radio contests and enjoy getting contacts and logging, similar to their competitive nature while playing baseball as excellent athletes. They are now in college now, but still have many QSL cards.
My mobile antenna system is shown below. When in the mobile, I ran an Alinco DX70TH. My antenna was a "quint bander" Hustler with 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10m coils. I engineered the antena so I can get in my garage without moving the antenna or hitting the garage with it. Occassionally I added a 40m or 80m coil to make a hexbander! I have been mistaken for a moon buggy given the looks of my vehicle. It was so fun to set in a lot or park and catch propagation running the right way, and be +20dB over in the Caribbean on a Friday afternoon.
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. .
I hope to achieve 5BDXCC and 5BWAS. With relatively limited operating time I have managed to work almost 200 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 original QSLs but since I have 100+ countries in LoTW, I have my 3BDXCC confirmed now.
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. Here are some QSLs to enjoy. 73!
My Personal QSL History:
My Current QSL (March 2016-?):
Primary QSL circa 2006-2016
Contest Multi-op QSL 2010-2015:
My son Ryan, WO8VET, had two QSLs during this time as well, and had many QSOs as an operator.
Homemade QSL circa 2005:
Homemade QSL circa 2000:
Homemade QSL circa 1997:
Origina1 callsign QSL circa 1994
and my orginal 11-meter QSL cards 1978-1987:
and my orginal, first ever QSL card in 1978, common homemade for the time. My dad got these made at the newspaper printer after I drew them on a piece of paper. I had to hand cut them all out and write QSO information on the back.
73, Chris WO8USA
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