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WA1WK USA flag USA

alias for: KC1WJ


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QSL: eQSL, LoTW, HRDLOG, Direct - SASE Please.

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XML Subscriber Lookups: 10560

Due to some computer crashes and data being lost, some stations who I've worked have not shown up in my log. If you are one of them, please send me an e mail via my QRZ e mail and I will try to rectify it. Tnx 73 de WA1WK

** My previous call was KC1WJ, held from August 7th 1990 till August 11th 2015**

If I've worked you from my mobile, please look here.

 

Hello there!

I've been a licensed Ham (although not continously) since 1977. I started getting into SWL at the age of 7 or 8. My father had an old Hallicrafters receiver that I loved listening to.

It wasn't just the fact that I was hearing stations from all over the world, there was something else to it. The glow of the tuning dial lights, the way the s meter moved. It was the whole package. I was hooked. When I was 11, I had saved enough money to buy a Heathkit HR 10B receiver (which I built). Some of my solder connections were pretty ugly, as I was just learning to solder. I strung a long wire in my parent's back yard and started to tune the bands. It was truly thrilling. Imagine being eleven years old and listening to hams all over the world on a radio that you had built yourself from a kit!

I learned Morse code and studied the written part of the test. When I was ready, my Novice exam was administered by my Elmer, George - WA1PIX. As I got into my later teenage years I drifted away from the hobby. You know, girls, cars and then going to college. In the mid 1980s I got the itch to get back on the air, but my Novice license had lapsed, so I had to start all over again. The code came back to me rather quickly, just like riding a bike. Once you know it, you really don't forget. I went from Tech to Advanced within a couple of years. More recently, I've thought about going for Extra, but the Advanced ticket has a bit of nostalgia attached. For one, that license class is no longer given out and second, you HAD to know CW to pass it.

*Update: 2016-02-11. I am now an Amateur Extra. So much for nostalgia smiley yes*

As of now, I have the capabilities of operating 80-10, 6, 2, 222, and 432, although I am most active on 80-10, 6 and 2.

Some of the most fun I've had on the air was when I operated portable C6A from a little island called Spanish Wells in the Bahamas. I did this twice, Once in 1989 and another time in 1991. It sure was a blast being at the DX end of a pileup!

 

Anyway, that's a little bit about my ham radio "career". Hope to see you on the bands sometime soon!

 If you want a physical card:
Stateside: direct- (sase ) self-addressed stamped envelope.

Outside USA: self-addressed envelope + 2 greenstamps to cover postage (NO IRC's) .

Here's my M2 9 element 2m yagi at 42 feet.

 

 

Awards:

DXCC Phone
DXCC Mixed
CQ Magazine WPX
E-DX (E-qsl)
Worked all Continents
Grid2 (100 Grid squares)
US Counties 100 (QRZ.com)
WPX Cert #3974
I have worked over 100 countries in less than a year using 100-200 watts and a wire dipole.

 

 

Ground level here is around 800 feet and we're about 200 feet above average terrain.

73,

William / WA1WK (Previously KC1WJ)

Check out my XYL's QRZ Page

I use eQSL, LoTW, HRDLOG, Clublog and will also qsl direct.

Here's an quick 80m QSO from 2015-12-28

 

Below are some stations I've recently worked.

 


 

 
Click for Waterbury, Connecticut Forecast
 
If you've gotten this far, I appreciate you reading all of my Bio. Hope to CU on the air!!!!!!!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WA1WK
Latest Contacts for WA1WK at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
VA3JLE 2017-06-19 20m SSB FN03GQ85 Canada John L Edwards
KB0OGI 2017-06-19 6m SSB EM49ma United States Nick B Sinopole
N8UKD 2017-06-19 6m SSB EN55wt United States MARK J LEWIS
W9EBO 2017-06-19 6m SSB EN52xq United States bonnie e KAPISCHKE
K2GLM 2017-06-19 6m SSB EM85si United States GARY L MITCHELL
K8TQK 2017-06-19 6m SSB EM89je United States GLENN R MATHEWS
W9MRH 2017-06-19 6m SSB EM69hk United States Michael R Hannum
WA9M 2017-06-19 6m SSB EM79nc United States Robert A Meyer
VE9LMN 2017-06-19 20m SSB FN76ob Canada Lou Nickerson
K9RX 2017-06-19 20m SSB EM84sq United States GARY L MYERS
K5VV 2017-06-18 20m SSB EL49ww United States MATTHEW A CUTTITTA
WA3RSL 2017-06-18 20m SSB FM07nj United States FRANK A PERDEW
W3YNX 2017-06-17 20m SSB FN00cq United States HERBERT E GILLILAND JR
KD4US 2017-06-17 20m SSB EM84xv United States WILLIAM E LITTLE SR
NC7R 2017-06-15 2m SSB FN31ru United States CHARLES R NELSON

Book Totals: 1938 qso's   420 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#4503
Granted: 2016-09-08 01:49:54   (WA1WK)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#12179
Granted: 2016-03-08 06:10:23   (WA1WK)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#10877
Granted: 2016-03-08 06:10:17   (WA1WK)

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