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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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Lately I have been getting QSL requests from folks I've worked through repeaters. I don't work repeaters often, but when I do, I seem to get a few requests for confirmation.
If I talk with a station through a repeater or link...I am talking TO and FROM that device and am not directly connected to you, point to point. If I don't work you directly - antenna to antenna, I cannot confirm the qso. Some may dispute this, especially during satellite communications. I could go on forever.
Cheers and 73!
Read on my friends.

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!
 

Also, Volunteer and writer for QST magazine. Check out my article in October 2016 on the Russian SDR radio!

 

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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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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