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If you are reading this you must be either intersted in a QSL card or just knowing a little more about me. I've been a ham for over 60 years and still love the hobby. I'm an active contester and DXer. In 2015 I made over 30,000 contest QSOs. I'm also in a some what rare county (Burnet) and as a result receive quite a few QSL requests. If you're planning to send me a card here is how I handle them: All cards will be answered by the same mode received. A SASE assures you of the quickest reply - normally within 24 hours. If you are a DX station, send $1 and I will make up the difference for return postage ($1.10 is the currrent rate for international mail). All contest QSO's made from Burnet County are normally uploaded to LOTW within 24 hours after the contest is over and non-contest contacts at least once a month. Logs for N5AW/0 (Archuleta County, CO) and my 1996 3C5A DXpedition are also on LOTW. Due to a high level of contest activity the past few years I have received an unusually large number of bureau cards and I am behind in answering them. I do intend to answer them but it will take quite a while to catch up. If you are in a hurry go to LOTW or send a direct card. I MUCH PREFER QSLs VIA LOTW - I have thousands of paper cards and do not need anymore!   I've loaded over 270,000 QSOs to LOTW with over 106,000 confirmed including 5BDXCC and WAS on 10 bands.

I was first licensed in 1955 as KN5ABV. I became N5AW in 1976. I have also held WA6CLR and VE6CGS. About 80% of my contacts are on CW. I enjoy the challenge of low power and, with the excepion of my W1AW/5 operation when I used a borrowed amp,  have never run more than 100 watts output from my own station. I only need North Korea to reach the top of the CW Honor Role. I also need Bouvet to get to the top on phone. I received 5BDXCC #386 in 1974 and now have endorsements for 10 bands. I  have 200 zone 5BWAZ and single band WAZ on all bands from 80 through 10 meter CW. I made my first RTTY contact in August 2008 after acquiring a K3 and have now completed the "Triple Play" and worked 250+ countries on RTTY. I still consider myself somewhat of a "lid" on RTTY but it has given me a new challenge.

After I retired from Mobil Oil in 2000 my wife Judy and I bought a small ranch (268 acres) in the Texas Hill Country. We built a new home complete with antenna farm on a hill top. It is a tremendous improvement over any of my previous locations. I have 5 towers: 137, 134, 94, 75 and 40 feet. They support various yagi and wire antennas including a 40 meter Moxon, 4 element SteppIR, 3 element SteppIR, two stacked 4 element 20 meter yagis fixed NE, a 7 element M2 six meter yagi, an array of 5 sloping dipoles for 80 meters, and a 40 meter lazy H pointed NW-SE. One tower has six elevated radials for 160 meters and I have two beverages - NE and a reversable NW-SE. The 94 foor tower is a recent addition not shown in the photo. It has a rotary 6 element OWA 15 meter yagi on top and a second at 61 feet fixed NE. It also has a 5 element 10 meter yagi at 50 feet fixed NE.


My dad got me interested in radio at the age of 11. I got my novice at age 13 (KN5ABV) and my dad followed soon after with the call K5EAU. He is now a silent key but my XYL, Judy, got her license so she could keep his call in the family. Our son, Bret, holds KA5NTD but is not active.

I received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in 1967. Most of my career was spent working as a geophysicist for Mobil Oil. My work required extensive travel and I've had a few occasions to operate as DX: OA4U, HZ1AB, K5ABV/KL7, N5AW/NH6, N5AW/NP2, SM0/N5AW, and 3C5A. I was also a competitor with team mate N4TZ at the 2010 WRTC in Moscow (R31D) and was as a referee for K1V at WRTC 2014 in Boston.

Other interests include nature photography with an emphasis on wildflowers (I'm a Texas Master Naturalist), hiking, cross country skiing, and woodworking.

Here is a more recent picture of me in the shack (August 2015). Radios are Elecraft K3s. The cabinets were one of my woodworking projects.

We spend two or three months a year at our second home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I bring gear from Texas. Last summer it was an IC706 and an ATS-4 QRP rig. I have operated my Texas station remotely with a K3/0 but our Internet connection in Colorado has been so poor that I have not done that recently. Below are pictures of the station. I put up and take down either a Butternut vertical (pictured) or a G5RV when we are in Colorado. I also have a permanent 20 meter ground plane on the roof and in October 2014 added a 15 meter Moxon.

























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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N5AW
Latest Contacts for N5AW at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
EA1DR 2010-10-30 15m SSB IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
EA1DR 2010-10-30 40m SSB IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
EA1DR 2010-10-30 80m SSB IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
IS0HFE 2010-10-27 40m CW JM49pf Sardinia SIMONE PETTINAU
V85TL 2010-10-21 40m CW OJ74lx Brunei H. TAMAT LAMPOH
7Z1HL 2010-10-09 40M CW LL34jr Saudi Arabia HERIBERT LENNERTZ
EI6IZ 2009-11-29 20M CW IO53hu Ireland BRENDAN MINISH
XE3RR 2009-11-29 40M CW EL61nd Mexico Juan Daniel Baraggia
7Z1HL 2009-11-13 20M CW LL34jr Saudi Arabia HERIBERT LENNERTZ
7Z1CQ 2009-09-23 40m SSB KL91ON Saudi Arabia ABDULHAFIZ
7Z1CQ 2009-08-26 40m SSB KL91ON Saudi Arabia ABDULHAFIZ
HK3W 2009-03-08 40M SSB FJ34aw Colombia Siso Hennessey
HK3W 2009-03-07 20M SSB FJ34aw Colombia Siso Hennessey
HK3W 2009-03-07 15M SSB FJ34aw Colombia Siso Hennessey
EI6IZ 2006-10-08 40M CW IO53hu Ireland BRENDAN MINISH

Book Totals: 17 qso's   17 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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