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This was my dad's station - W3NVS in 1956. The Globe Scout was shipped from WRL in a wooden box and arrived at the Railway Express Station in Pittsburgh. I remember riding with my dad to pick it up there! I never liked the NC-57 - not because it didn't work, but because the two pointer knobs on the bottom row were metal and if there was (and there was) stray RF in the shack, you would get 'bit' by the RF when you were transmitting! Look closely and you will see the best transmitting key ever built... that's a wooden block, a hacksaw blade and two brass angle brackets.... a sideswiper. I used it then and can use it today if necessary!

This had to be mid-1957 as there are my novice QSL's on the left and my dad's DX QSL's on the right... You can just barely see the crystal in the socket on the Globe Scout.And in the box, I am looking through the crystals. Remember - crystal control, 75 watts max and a one year only license! My favorite frequency was 7199.5... The novice band was 7150-7200, then. My QSL is on the wall... the pink one... We used to have our cards printed with a potential General level call sign and type in an 'N' .... we were all frugal then ... and we're no different today!! The HQ-129X was borrowed from W3DZP as my dad traded the NC-57 for the HQ-110.

The above photo was taken about 1959.... Equipment : Johnson Viking Challenger, WRL VFO and HQ-110 Receiver That's me in the photo.

This is my first home brew transmitter - a single53 tube oscillator with a full wave rectifier 80 tube. I built this in 1956, but I was not licensed at the time. My Dad, W3NVS DID use this... Later I built an amplifier using a 6L6 with an 83 rectifier.

This had to be the early 60's - That's a Knight Kit T-150, I believe, the HQ110, an EICO modulator, a Heath10 meter 'lunchbox' and a Heath Balun. Notice the telephone switchboard swith for the antenna change over!


My Shack in 1976. A Knight Kit R-100A, Two Heathkit DX-60's (one I built), WRL VFO. I actually worked Japan on 10 meters with this set-up. The problem then, of course was frequency drifting... and then you had to literally find the station you were in QSO with! No narrow filters or DSP!

This is my Dad, Licensed in 1935 as W8NVS and assigned W3NVS after WWII (sk 1997). The equipment was a WRL Globe Scout with a WRL VFO and a National NC-57 Receiver. The HRO-like receiver was FM only and had plug-in coils and the separate power supply. This was borrowed from W3DZP - Doc.The Globe Scout was purchased fully wired and tested and arrived at the train freight station via Railway Express shipped in a wooden box. It had to be picked up there... things are different now!


Licensed on January 28, 1957 as WN3KYN, upgraded to General at age 14 - W3KYN. Upgraded to Advanced and Extra in 1983 during the last FCC administered tests. I applied for and received my present call, K3GW, as a vanity call in 1996 (my initials and of course it is shorter on cw).

I switch between ragchewing and contesting and prefer CW over phone. Also, the county where I live, it is relatively difficult for county hunters - I will schedule anyone wanting Fayette County Pennsylvania.

I now use an ICOM IC-7700 and retired my old TS940S/AT. In addition I have an old Henry Tempo 2001, an old Alpha 374 and an Alpha 76A. I use simple wire dipole antennas on 30 and 40, and a rebuilt (using the M2 upgrade hardware - great stuff!) KLM KT34A at 60 feet on 20/15/10. Separately, a 30 foot tower with a Hy-Gain DB-1217 for 12 and 17 meters. My tower projects were a success mainly because of my friend Jim, WO3Z - without his help and guidance, it wouldn't be a reality!

I have finally achieved 5BDXCC + 30 M, 17 M & 12 M.  I QSL 100% upon receipt or request. ALL of my QSO's back to the spring of 1983 are on LoTW with new QSO's added every month or so.

Oh, yes, a special thanks to all the dx stations, the dxpedition stations and their managers. Without them, we wouldn't have the fun of working far away places!! I will also make sked's for those needing Fayette County, PA.

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