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"Celebrating 52 Years in Amateur Radio: 1963 - 2015"

Portable 8 address:

WA8IWK 313 Birchwood Avenue Traverse City, MI 49686-2822

Portable 4:

Longboat Key, FL IOTA NA-034, US Islands FL 053S. QSL to home call.

Licensed in 1963 as WN8IWK, I spend most of my time on the CW portion of 20,15 & 10mtrs. I run a Kenwood TS 570D to a Spider Vertical up 25 feet or so in my attic (I live in a restricted area), and also use a TS570D with a G5RV Jr. from my Portable 8 QTH. I enjoy using my Vibroplex Presentation and Blue Racer bugs as well as G3HGE Olympic bug. My son, an Eagle Scout, is KD8BVE, and my wonderful wife and daughter, while not licensed, take a nice interest in our hobby.

I'm very active in Scouting and run a JOTA station yearly (see photo above) as well as presenting Ham Radio at "Hobby Night" pack meetings. Also a member of the Oakland County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp and Skywarn trained.  I had the pleasure of operating as 20 meter CW op for Special Event Station W2B commemorating the 70th year since the December 1944 WWII Battle of the Bulge.

Outside of Ham Radio, I enjoy recreational biking and hiking as well as downhill and cross country skiing and skating.


ARRL - QCWA #21516 - FISTS #8677 - SKCC #2441 - CWops #1061


In the "Old" days, Pontiac Motors used to provide QSL cards to Hams at no cost! Hence the variety of "Wide Track" Pontiacs on my 1964-1968 QSL's. And yes, that's my Portable KH6 "Honeymoon" QSL.


                                                   Portable 8 Station Set Up    

QSL Box with DX stamps made by XYL Amy


I enjoy receiving QSL and SWL cards! 100% reciprocated, no SASE necessary.

Sorry no LOTW nor e-QSL's


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