I was first licensed in Febuary 1962 as WNØCLR, a Novice. My elmer was Bob Packer, WØVHE(SK). The license was good for one year and non-renewable. In November of 1962 I upgraded to a Techician and my call changed to WAØCLR. In 1965 I upgraded, for what I thought would be the last time, to a General, a General Class License had ALL Amateur Privileges at the time. I upgraded to an Advanced Class in 1977 and finally to Extra in 1993. In April 2ØØØ I applied for the vanity call ACØL. In April 2ØØ2 I applied for the vanity call NØUF. I lived in Central Minnesota until 1985, then moved to New Jersey for three years. Then back to the Minneapolis area for two years and have been in Kansas City, Missouri since 1991. Then back to MN in 2005.
In 1972 I operated 80-10M Mobile on a road trip from St Cloud, MN to Winnipeg to Kenora to International Falls and Home.
In 1995 I held a license for Great Britain. I did a very limited operation as I was going to power my handheld with the cigarette lighter, but the rental car(Car For Hire!) didn't have one! I was on the Edinburgh Repeater twice in December, (the licence was also valid for England, & Wales but I never operated from these countries).
In 2ØØØ I operated from Toronto during the QCWA Convention and operated from Belize as V31TD before the CQWW SSB Contest. I logged over 1ØØØ QSOs during the week. What a blast! We used V31GE to log over 53ØØ Q's for the contest, contest qsl's via AKØA.
I lived in Gladstone, MO, a northern Kansas City suburb from 1991 to 2005. During that time I was elected to the PHD board of Directors every year until the club merged with the Clay County ARC in 2002. I servered as President, Hamfest Chairman, webmaster and trustee for WØTE
I was in the KC DX CLUB from 1993 where I served as the Vice President. I was a charter Member of the NORTHEAST KANSAS CITY ARC (now defunct), a member of the CLAY COUNTY ARC, a member of the TWIN CITIES FM CLUB, an Assistant Director - Missouri Section - Midwest Division - ARRL. a Sorter in the Incoming Zero QSL Bureau and the trustee for The Second Class Operators Club Call WØSOC.
I moved to Minnesota in July of 2005 where I joined the Crow River Area ARC serving as Co Chair of the County Fair Committee and Public Information Officer. I'm a trained Skywarn Spotter and an ARRL VE. I'm also a PIO for the Minnesota Section, Dakote Dividion of the ARRL.
I'm a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association QCWA having served as or still serving as a Director, Vice President, webmaster, President and on multiple committees. I was awarded the QCWA Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
I operate CW and SSB from 160 through 2 Meters and on 440Mhz. I have a Yeasu FT-847 at the home QTH. Other equipment includes an MFJ-986 Tuner and an Ameco PT-3 preamp. My antennas consists of a 70' trap dipole for 160-10M an AP-8 80-10M Vertical and assorted VHF/UHF antennas. My mobile rig is a Yeasu FT-100. I use a Hustler System for 80 - 6 meters a dual band Comet for 144 and 440 Mhz. The mobile operation is usually SSB or FM with the occational CW qso with a set of Norcal paddles. I have 250+ Keys from around the world in my collection, including over 60 by Vibroplex.
Some of my operationg awards include: IOTA-200 (333/303), IOTA-NA, WAZ, 5BWAS, WAS CW, SSB & 75M 2 letter calls, USA-CA (1108/1043), The Maple Leaf Award, The Canadian Islands Award, the Canadian 2/80, the US - Islands Award, DIPLÔME DE LA ZONE 2, World Radio's Worked 100 Nations, ARRL DXCC: Mixed(279/275), Phone (271/261) & CW(165/145) and I hold an ARRL Certificate of Code Proficiency(30WPM). I need 32 Q's for 5BDXCC(80M).
73 Bob NØUF ex WNØCLR, WAØCLR, GMØ/WAØCLR, ACØL & V31TD
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