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My interest in Short Wave Radio began as a young boy in the latter part of the 1950s. In the living room of our homestead was an old wooden floor model AM/SW radio. It had World Cities painted on the glass faceplate. In the 1950's, television reception in our area was poor. Our family would gather around the radio for national and local news; it was our community’s lifeline and our family media choice for entertainment. Listening to Short Wave and Amateur Radio stations became my nightly pastime. In the evenings, dad and I would tune AM/SW stations by turning the wire loop antenna located in the rear of the cabinet. It wasn’t long before I discovered we could improve our reception with a long piece of wire extended to a big pine tree in the yard and a ground connection. We were able to receive AM broadcast Stations KDKA, WLS, WLW and WWVA (Wheeling, WV) as strong as our local one thousand watt station (WTIV 1230kHz AM) Titusville, PA. Listening to "WWVA's Saturday Night Jamboree" from the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, W.V. was front row theater at its finest. The audio fidelity from our old radio was the most extraordinary you could ever imagine.

We lived outside of town on an old dirt road. After school, I would eagerly await our mail carrier down at the mailbox. I can remember being excited when our carrier handed me QSL cards from around the world. My bedroom wall was the only room in the house that never needed fresh wallpaper. My mailing address was Wayne Dailey Rural Route #2 Titusville, 54 PA.  In the 1950’s, a two digit ”Zone Number" was placed between the City and State as a precursor to the zip code system in use today.

I saved my allowance for what seemed an eternity. When I turned 13 years old, I purchased a "Rocket Crystal Radio" from a Lafayette Radio mail order catalog. I would tinker endlessly making performance improvements to my radio. My boyhood dream was to build an effective  long range receiving antenna. I strung a "very long" piece of wire from my 2nd floor bedroom window, and connected the opposite end to a distant set of active railroad tracks, magically it produced a huge signal improvement !!! I also added a radial field to increase performance. I was one "EXCITED" little guy when my crystal radio burst "ALIVE" with so many distant stations. I had to rotate the tuning dial very slowly so I would not miss any of the weak stations.  After a night of intense Dxing, all I could say was.. OH BABY.. OH BABY!!!  My homebrew antenna was a very consistent performer and a resounding success!!!  Down at our local library, all of the staff knew me.  I'd ask the same question every time I stopped by..  "Any new radio books checked in today?”  The more I read about radio theory in those old books.. the more I wanted to experiment and learn about radio.

On my 15th birthday, my parents bought me a (5) tube Hallicrafters WR-600 Short Wave Radio receiver with all of the SW bands. Suddenly the World burst alive with distant stations from the Far East, Caribbean, Middle East and Africa. Walking home from school one afternoon, I found stacks of QST's and American Radio Relay League publications on the curbside for trash pickup. I noticed the material was all about Amateur Radio and Antennas. I was so thrilled with my find!!! I scooped up those bad boys faster than greased lightning, running full steam home. I read my new found treasures many times from cover to cover, always dreaming of communicating with the world and discovering radio principles.

When I was a teenager, my family moved to Massachusetts. I worked at WRYT AM 950 KHz. in Boston on the weekends as a board engineer/producer. I worked for WRTY over the next ten years. I started this great ham radio adventure as a NOVICE (WN1PRU) in 1971. I still remember the thrill of taking my Novice exam in front of a live ON AIR 5,000 watt 1430kc AM transmitter (WHIL-AM/FM) Medford, Massachusetts. Chief Engineer Ken Atkins K1JKR and Bob Shotwell WA1KUZ administered testing. I upgraded in 1973 to (General Class) WA1PRU with a short stint (Advanced Class) and K1CF (Extra Class) in 1978. My Novice Station consisted of a used Hammarlund HQ-110A receiver paired with a Heathkit DX-60B 60W transmitter and 5 xtals; purchase price for my station was $115.00 in 1972. Forty years later, I'm operating a Flex 6500, 160-30m Inverted-L, 80-6m Carolina Windom and various low noise receive antennas.


Amateur Radio continues to be near and dear to my heart. I'm looking forward to another forty years of great hamming, exploration and adventure... GAME ON !!!


Wayne >>







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United States Counties Award#4172
Granted: 2016-08-20 03:08:02   (K1CF)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#1573
Granted: 2015-03-27 05:15:04   (K1CF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#7509
Granted: 2015-03-26 08:00:02   (K1CF)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Digital
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United States Award#968
Granted: 2015-03-26 07:55:03   (K1CF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6278
Granted: 2015-03-26 07:55:02   (K1CF)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
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