Hi, my name is Tony Vella. Like many in the hobby, I first got started in radio during my teens as an
SWL, and later on 11 meters as KKD8086, my Dads call. I was first licensed in 1965 as WN2UJX, during which I
operated from my home in Flushing, N.Y. My first radio was a kit, the Heathkit Twoer, which I built and
used as a Novice with an armstrong rotatable rabbit ears dipole antenna. After a short hiatus in 1967, I eventually
passed my General class exam at the FCC Field Office in Manhattan and was back on the air as WB2ZSY,
which I held until 1989. My initial experience on the low bands was with my Lafayette HE-20C
CB radio which I used on 10 meters for a few years. I worked the world on 5 watts to a vertical.
Through the 70's I was into 2 meter FM using Drake, Heathkit, Standard, and Clegg radios. I also operated in an apartment running QRP with a Heathkit HW-8 and an under the carpet 40 meter dipole that actually worked!
Eventually, after putting the hobby on hold for a few years, I got the bug again and upgraded to Extra,
returning as WV2C in 1989.
Today, I’m enjoying Ham Radio with a Kenwood TS-2000, active on all bands 75 meters thru 432 MHz, on all Modes
including digital. When I'm not on the radio, I “Hunt For Buried Treasure” with my metal detector on the beaches of Long
During the week you will find me selling Real Estate for Laffey Fine Homes & Estates right here in my own
neighborhood of Glen Head, NY.
Please say hello the next time you hear me on the air. I hope you are enjoying the hobby as much as I am!
WB2ZSY STATION IN 1969: Swan 500c and for 2 meter AM a Lafayette HA-1200