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My Qsl shown above, is a reprint of the RCA Worldmap Tube box that 811A and 812A tubes were packaged in the late 1930's. Now over 80 years later both tubes are still in service!  All my QSLs are printed by LZ1JZ Tony !

Greetings from New England. I have been in ham radio for 56 years. I was first licensed in 1961 as KN1TRS. First rig was a BC 342 and ART 13 feeding an off center fed wire. I spent many nights working cw on 80 and 40 meters. What a thrill that was to me as a 12 year old and the hobby still is more than 50 years later !

The equipment in CT is  a FT1000mp MK V, FT - 991A, Icom 7600, transverters for 144, 432, 1296 mhz. 3 new laptop computers added and all networked.  HF 3 element tir bander, 43 foot vertical, wire antennas for  160 - 40 meters, yagis for 6, 2, 220, 432 and 1.2ghz. 

I am married to Judy, N1JY  for 42 years. We have 3 children and 11 grand children.  Judy is also a extra class ham. 

We have houses in France and Switzerland so look for us as homecall /  F and HB9. The house in Switzerland is at 4500 feet and has breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps !

The most rewarding job I had was teaching at the American School for the Deaf which is the first and oldest school for the deaf in the United States. I ended my work there as one of the Directors for the school.

Now retired I enjoy radio, sports cars, hunting and fishing along with computers, space science and race horses. I am a big Rugby fan since our Grandson Kevin played for the West Hartford Black Hearts and the New England All Star teams.

I love to hunt and do upland bird hunting on horse back in upstate NY ! The horses have been taught to ignore the shot gun noise. Just amazing. I get to enjoy two hobbies at the same time. Hunting and riding ! I have two Gordon setters that do most of the work. Wonderful dogs and super noses !

We have 2 Dachshunds (Otto and Luther), 2 Manx cats (Ellie and Liam both tailless cats from the Isle of Man) and a bunch of Koi pond fish. 

The NY operating positions change but for now they are,  FT1000MP MK V, Icom IC 7000 , 3 ele tri bander at 25 meters and dipoles for 160, 80, and 40 meters. VHF/UHF rig - FT 847. Several satellite dishes for weather and space work. 

All Qsl cards can be sent to the home address above or the post office address below.

No need for SASE, IRC, or Green Stamps. I will be happy to mail any card you need for our contact. SWL reports always welcome and Qsl card sent ! All Lighthouse operations and Satellite operations get cards mailed from the log. No card needed to request qsl just send an email.

My log is uploaded  to LOTW, Clublog, HRDlog and Hamlog.eu.

I am an Official Observer (OO) in the ARRL/FCC program.

Memberships in the ARRL, RSGB, AMSAT, ARLHS 212, Mediterraneo Dx Club 818  and EPC 10612. 

DXCC Honor Roll  334,  5 Band DXCC, Mixed, CW, Phone, Digital DXCC awards, plus  WAS and WAZ.

I work on amplifiers for other hams. Collins 30L1 and Ameritron 811, 800, 80A or B are the amps I enjoy working on most. I have a large supply of 811A , 572B and 3-500z tubes on hand and I am always looking for Svetlana 811A, 811HD and 572Bs. If you have any let me know...

Projects for 2017 are 144 and 432 mhz Digital Modes EME stations and other weak signal work on VHF and UHF bands including satellites. Laser communication systems are also a big interest. Picture reception from the NOAA weather satellites is done daily.

I  also enjoy restoring Western Union self winding wall clocks. I have five that I have restored and looking for more of these wonderful large old wall clocks. Most date from the early 1900's.

A new project is working on restoring a 1999 Jaguar XJ8. Great looking car and just needs some TLC.

I look forward to the changing nature of the hobby and to its future.

73 to all who share this wonderful hobby.

Bill - K1WY


Post office box address:

P.O. Box 2344
Hartford, CT 06146-2344


NOAA Polar weather satellites have several passes a day and are fun to receive the pictures. Below is a picture captured from NOAA 19 on 137.100 Mhz WB FM 50KC bandwidth.  My location is marked with a plus sign +  on the image. 

ISS APRS/PACKET.  The APRS station is active on 145.825 mhz FM 1200 Baud. Fun to repeat through the station and signals are very strong with overhead passes.  I have listened on a HT and watched as the ISS passes over this location. Very bright and wonderful to know there are hams on board ! You can see the stations heard by the ISS at   http://ariss.net   

The RS-15 (Radio Rosto) Russian amateur radio satellite launched December 1994 still has one of its beacon transmitters running. The satellite no longer functions as designed and was thought dead. However, 10 years ago the beacon was heard again on 10 meters at 29.352 mhz +/- .5kc for Doppler. Use one of the tracking programs available on the internet such as Orbitron.  After 21 years in space the solar cells still power the beacon when in sunlight, the signal is weak but you will hear it. Listen on CW 1 kc or less bandwidth. Try your beam, vertical or wire antennas. My 29' vertical works best at this location. I also use a digital mode  program in 'waterfall' mode to see the carrier. Works very well. Watch for the carrier line to tilt (Doppler) and you will know you have the satellite.  I am looking for other beacons still active on old satellites. They may not function as intended but the beacon transmitters may still be active. Fun to hunt them !  

Listen for UOSAT2 (UO-11) on 145.826 mhz sending Data. FM 1200 Baud.  It's 1 KC above the ISS APRS/Packet frequency of 145.825 mhz. They often follow each other on passes. The UO-11 beacon is on then off in a 10 day cycle.

 If you do hear the ISS , RS-15  or UO-11 signals file a  report at the satellite status page  at


RS-15 Beacon signal. Note the Doppler shift. 


Enjoy some pictures of the places and things in my world.

K1WY - Bill at HF operating position West Hartford.

Another view of Hartford station. When the bands are dead, pinball is just fine !


The current car project.  1999 Jaguar XJ8. A great classic car to drive and own !


Ollie and me at the Connecticut River in Hartford.

The walk along the river. We do it most every day.

K1WY AND N1JY New London Ledge Lighthouse.

The winter walk along the river. Looking north up the river to Hartford.

Late spring or early summer and the walk is wonderful !

Two of our geese with babies at the NY operating location. Mom and Dad are proud and protective !

West Hartford after several major winter storms.


Hartford insurance companies The Phoenix and The Travelers.

The Capitol building in Hartford at dusk.

Blue Heron fishing along the Connecticut River. He does better then I do most of the time.

One of my favorite fishing spots in West Hartford!

Another great walking area near home that Ollie and I walk many afternoons.

Old stone railroad bridge over the Farmington River.

New London Ledge Lighthouse at sunset. K1L operation was from here.

Tobacco drying in a barn. Still an important crop here in Connecticut.

Tower at Hartford with Satellite, HF, 144 mhz, 432 mhz, and repeater antennas.

Doing some antenna work !

Deck (enclosed hot tub)and back yard of Hartford QTH spring 2010.

As forty meter CW fills the shack Ellie finds a nice warm place to rest.

Restored Western Union self winding wall clock circa 1931. Yuri Gagarin 80th celebration of his space  flight QSLs.

Some of my restored Western Union self winding wall clocks circa 1931. 

Farmington River just north of Hartford.

An American bald eagle sitting along the river. What a treat to see him !

Summer at the upstate NY operating location.

Ghost and Champion out for a run in upstate NY. Some of our BIG four footed friends.

Ellie, Luther and Otto always sleep together.

Ollie enjoying a sunny day !.



The cards of LZ1JZ none better and he is a great guy to work with.



FO-29 Satellite contact QSL. Goes 16 image.

My XYL's Qsl.. WE have been married for 42 years !!!!


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