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Operator: "Chuck"

My first cousin,  Jack Downing, K0SSN (SK  2013), got me started in this wonderful hobby.  I was first licensed at age 14, in August 1959, as KN0VSH.  We taught ourselves Morse code, using a borrowed Instructograph machine and an AMECO code course on LP records.  While still in high school, I administered the Novice license exam to my chemistry teacher.  I was active in my college radio club, W0FLN (St. Louis University Institute of Technology). My son John, AA0BP, was first licensed as KA0SAC in 1983.  The picture above (taken in 2008) shows the three of us-- John, Jack, and myself, left to right.

As of 2016, I'm fully retired after two careers and fifty years in the workforce.  I worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, and later as an engineering professor at St. Louis Community College (full-time for 24 years, plus 9 years as part-time / emeritus). 

My primary ham activity is chasing DX and low key contesting on CW.  I also enjoy using QRP and operating QRP portable when on vacation.  

I am a member of ARRL, A-1 Operators Club, CWOPS, and the Mississippi Valley DX & Contest Club.  I write occasional articles for the K9YA Telegraph, a free, monthly, general interest e-zine read by amateurs in more than 100 countries: http://www.k9ya.org/

My station and antennas:

Elecraft KX1, KX2 and K3 / P3 transceivers; ACOM 1010 amplifier and vertical antennas;  N3ZN CW keys  ZN-9B, ZN-SLR, and the ZN-MiniMITE.  I use the free DXLAB logging suite that AA6YQ provides and maintains as a service to DX'ers.

I have one suitable location in the backyard for a transmit vertical antenna. During the Winter season, I use either the Cushcraft MA160V or the MA8040V (top loaded verticals) with radials extending over the swimming pool cover. During the warmer seasons, when the pool is open and radials have to be stored away,  I use the N6BT Bravo 7-KR vertical dipole.   For receiving, I use a DXE NCC-2 phase controller with a W6LVP active loop Rx antenna to cancel noise from my Tx antenna.

Morse spoken here:

I've been an avid CW operator since starting out in 1959.  I can't send as fast as I used to, and I can't type very well either, but I enjoy listening to QRQ (high speed CW).  In addition to on-the-air CW QSO's, I use the following programs for high speed code practice and competition.  My goal is to try to catch up with my friend, Helga, IN3FHE, a formidable CW operator. 

  RufzXP: http://www.rufzxp.net/

  CW Freak.Net: http://www.ji0vwl.com/cw_freak_net_e.html

  Learn CW Online: http://lcwo.net/  

Operating awards:

     WAS in 1960, and DXCC in 1963
     Mixed and CW DXCC Honor Rolls
     9B-DXCC (160 - 10 meters); DXCC Challenge: 2200+ 

     WAZ mixed, SSB, 40m CW, 20m CW, 15m CW, 12m CW
     160 WAZ (30 zones); 5B-WAZ (196 zones)
     CQ DX Field Mixed and CW Honor Rolls.

 Portable QRP operations:

DA/NI0C and HB9/NI0C (Summer 2014).

PA/NI0C and CT7/NI0C (October 2016).

NI0C/6  Sequoia National Park (NP50) July 17-18.

NI0C/0, operated with AA0BP and KE0FIL at Wilsons Creek Battlefield (BF11) in Greene County, Missouri, on April 3, 2016.  That's my son John, AA0BP, and the old man in the photo below.  (Tnx to KE0FIL for the photo).


NI0C/7 operated from a cabin at Old Faithful Snow Lodge at Yellowstone National Park (NP57), Wyoming, January 8-12, 2016.  I snapped this photo of Old Faithful from the ski trail, and Randy, KB3IFH used it to design my QSL.


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