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Say hello to "DANNY" one of my three live-in burglar alarms.ABBY and DYNAMITE are bashful.


As of February 27, 2015 I was appointed ARRL Virginia Section Manager.

This appointment is very near and dear to me being a life long member of the ARRL and having been an active supporter of DXing, Contesting, and Public Service programs.

I wish to thank all those hams who have supported and continue to support me.


With holiday season of Christmas and then the New Year of 2016, now is the time to layout some of our plans for section during 2016. While we have been in place only since March of this year, we have worked very hard to develop some programs that have languished for some years past.

ARES/RACES---In our  program, with Ed Krom WD4KHP as our SEC we have been able to appoint several new DEC’s and they in turn have been able to fill the numerous EC positions that had been vacant. The Commonwealth of Virginia was able to have one AUXCOMM training weekend and they had excellent attendance of both ARES/RACES members and other EMCOMM hams from around the state.

Cooperation between all levels of EMCOMM personnel from all types of groups and agencies is slowly making headway. This is a big step for all hams in Virginia and we will continue to pursue this in 2016

CERT---In the New Year, we will be visit as many CERT groups and local government EC’s as possible. Most local governments are offering CERT programs. In some areas the cooperation of ARES groups with CERT has produced many new hams as well as great local programs. We still have work to do with some local government EC's to promote ARES programs. Having ham radio as part of their emergency communications package will enhance their capabilities not only locally, but regionally as well as state wide. The addition of increased reliability is paramount to all citizens of Virginia.

2016 SET---As you are aware there has not been a state wide ARRL SET for the past several years. Fortunately, private EMCOMM groups, some small and local, some bigger and regional have developed SET programs in these vacant years. In 2016, we as ARRL ARES/RACES will be planning and activating a State Wide ARRL SET in cooperation with Virginia Department of Emergency services (VDEM) for the first time in years.

Amateur Radio Licensing---This volunteer effort has been growing steadily over the years, we will be working with the groups like Richmond Amateur Club who have held schools for several years and graduate many new hams each year. We have groups like this all over Virginia and we will work with them to have classes for CERT members as well other interested persons around Virginia. The plan is to have more classes and more opportunities for license testing.

Amateur Radio Clubs---While there are over 100 ham radio clubs and organizations in Virginia, not all have ARRL affiliation. This is OK. We have visited quite number of clubs since last March, we plan to visit many more clubs and groups all around Virginia, especially in the west, south west, and northern parts of the state. Every ham is important, and every ham should have the opportunity for an education, from the ARRL, FEMA, Homeland Security as well as local EMS and communications agencies.  

Amateur Radio Education---We have already started a program for developing ham radio interests in schools, including colleges and universities in Virginia. I am pleased to report we already have a group in a Tidewater University that is being built up as well speak. There still is much work to do here, but we have proved it can be done.

Scouting---We have an appointed scouting representative who has worked with many scout groups over the years and he is putting together a more aggressive plan for teaching scouts for their merit badges as well getting their ham licenses.                                                                      

We have plans for enhancing Contesting groups, DX groups, and others.  There is not time here to explain in detail all of the plans and programs this administration has in the works for 2016 and beyond.

You SM is an active ham and can be found on the Virginia Fone Net on 3947KHz at either 4:00 or 7:30PM daily, the Old Dominion Emergency Net on 3947KHz at 6:30PM on the first and third Monday’s of each month, the Virginia Sideband Net at 6:00PM on 3947KHz daily, the RATS Net on every Thursday on the 146.88 (74.4) repeater at 8:00PM or the District 6 ARES net on the 147.43 (74.4) repeater every Thursday at 8:30PM. These are a few of my on the air ham activities

Be advised, I do sign in to these nets regularly, and I will be happy to make contact with you. 

The above is just a brief year end report. There are many more subjects and programs that can be reported but as noted, this is brief report for our Virginia Section hams and other hams may be interested. We still have much work to do.

Remember-----Education is our strongest tool to accomplish our goals.

Dr Joseph Palsa

Virginia Section Manager



Welcome to my home, office, lab, shop, and hamshack.

I am an Life Member of IEEE,ITE, IMSA, RCA, APCO, as well as an ARRL Life Member with appointments as ARRL Virginia Section Manager, State Government Liaison, and Official Emergency Station.

I have been an amateur radio operator for over 50 years and have held ARRL Field organization positions as Official Bulletin Station, Official Observer, as well State Government Liaison and Offical Emergency Station.  

The following photos provide an overview of my office, lab, and ham shack. The photos are still pretty much the same today. Working ham equipment for 5KC to 1296Mhz.--including YAESU, ICOM, ALINCO, TEN TEC, ALPHA, AMP SUPPLY, SWAN, MFJ, RACAL and other manufacturers.I have worked Satellite, SSB, FM, P25, including Digital Communications in P25, D-STAR, PACKET & APRS.

Lab equipment from HP, Tektronix, IFR, Motorola, Bird, Anritsu, Array Solutions, MFJ, Icom, Astron, Wavetek, Racal, Waters, Diamond, Fluke, Tracor, Efratom, Spectracom, Chroma, Key Tek, is some of the equipment seen here.  Calibration and Certification of ham, commercial and military equipment can be done.  I maintain parts, cable, antennas, and some spare equipment in storage. Lastly, I maintain a rack of Atomic and GPS frequency, time, and calibration equipment tracable to NIST standards for receivers, transceivers, transmitters and lab as well as portable test equipment. Testing of ham and commercial rf units, inverters, uninterruptible power systems, fuel cells, solar systems, battery backup, and power conditioning can also be done for scientific and medical equipment.

SMT component repairs can be done in the lab.  In addition, service, site analysis, frequency coordiniation, EMC and, RFI, Spectrum Analysis lab testing and measurements are available to clubs.

I enjoy research and experimenting, working with equipment for Power Conditioning, UPS and Battery backup designs, Antenna Design & testing, RF transmitting as well as seismic and weather recording and analysis. Not seen here are my numerous ham antenna systems for VLF and 160M -1296 MHz.. In addition, a library is maintained containing many technical standards and references, electrical engineering, power and ups systems, ham and commercial equipment manuals, schematics, test equipment , etc..The library contents can be lent out to individuals or clubs upon request. Certification Standards from IEEE, FCC, ANSI, ETI, EN and MIL etc.with test procedures, ham and commercial manufacturers literature, parts references, ARRL manual libraries, all of which are available to hams, labs, etc.

Technical presentations and training materials are available for Electronics Eqpt Design & Test, Ham Radio, Power Systems, UPS and Power Conditioning equipment  & Protection, Antenna Design (MIL, Commercial, & Ham), Emergency Communications Equipment and Deployment, Red Cross, Fire and EMS, and CCP.

Communications, Power Conditioning- Electronics- Generation, UPS,  Military, Public Safety, EMS, Police, Fire, and Ham Radio have been my professional career, as well as a passion and hobby for me for over 50 years---K3WRY









I became interested in electronics during the Korean War. I started in ham radio by building own transmitter and buying a Hallicrafters receiver. Over the years built and bought many pieces of ham and other types of electronics equipment. Took electronics interest to school and eventual PhD. While in school and after graduation , volunteered and worked in EMS and communications and as a police officer.  Communications design, including power conditioning, rotary and early UPS systems advanced into engineering, sales, service including design and development of rugged MIL and RF power systems and Mil Spec Power Systems.

Education and Experience includes--BSEE, MBA, PhD in Electronics Technology.  Employment has been by Communications and Power & UPS Mil equipment manufacturers. Experience including design, product development, application engineering support, senior sales and marketing and senior executive management positions. Visited and worked on many Military bases and field operations, EMS and Communications facilities and sites including, ships, aircraft, ground installations and theater sites, etc. around the world.  Worked with FBI, NSA, CIA and US State Department and many other US and Foreign Government Agencies . Enjoy building projects as well as doing research and design for ham equipment as well as some specialized MIL applications on EMC, EMI, and EMP projects.

Interests include ---Amateur Satellites, Award Hunting, Building Antennas, Building Equipment, Contests, Continuing Education Training. Training Courses for EMS/EMT and Emergency Communications,, Hamfests , DXing, ARES/RACES, Field Day, Mobile & Portable Operating Digital Communications, D-Star, NAVY MARS, Training of FEMA and CERT courses in numerous subjects of Public Service and Community Safety, Repeater Operation & Maintaince, Message & Traffic Handling, Vintage Equipment (Restoring Operating), Weak Signal (VHF/UHF/Microwave).


Memberships include---ARRL Life, NRA Life, IEEE, IMSA, ITE, APCO, Time-Nuts, AMRAD, Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society, Richmond Amateur Radio Club, Potomac Valley Radio Club, Central Virginia Contest Club, Red Cross, Air Force MARS, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, RACES, VA Fone Net, Amateur Radio Communications Auxilary of Virginia Dept of Emergency Services EOC. National EMS/RESCUE, National Weather Assn., AMS.


I can be contacted at ----K3WRY@ARRL.NET ---or-----K3WRY@K3WRY.COM---OR-----804-350-2665---------






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