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Hello! I go by the nickname Rick on the air.

First licensed in 1976 as a novice (WN4MWR), I upgraded to General the following year (WA4MWR). I then moved from the 4 call area to the 1 call area and was assigned KA1GBJ in 1980. When vanity call signs became available, I requested & received my current call (W0ZAP).  I finally got off my behind and upgraded to Extra Class in March of 2017.

My career path led me to an extended stint riding Uncle Sam's Gray Ships, Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Electronic & Mechanical Calibration Systems, and finally, Network Engineering. I'm retired now, so I have more time to spend with my "toys".

Over the years, I've dabbled in many facets of the hobby, including contesting, VHF/UHF work, chasing DX, Public Service, and Satellites. 

After an extended period of being "radio inactive", I discovered the National Parks On The Air event conducted by the ARRL in 2016. I was bitten HARD. Although I didn't start participation in the event until late in the year, I still managed a respectable showing by years' end. What a wonderful event it was! I totaled 55 activations in about 45 days of participation. I had close to 3,000 confirmed QSO's per LoTW. I've had QSL cards made up for every park I activated; so if I owe you a card, drop me a line and I'll eventually get one to you. 

Current interests include Digital Modes, chasing and activating parks for World Wide Flora & Fauna/Parks On The Air, attempting to improve my somewhat meager CW skills, and operating remote stations from my home QTH. I live in a deed restricted development and rely heavily on wire antennas. I also have a TransWorld TW System that I employ for portable activations as well as home use. Terrific system and highly recommended for folks in similar situations. I run an Icom IC-7610 at my home QTH and an Icom IC-7300 for portable operations. Both are terrific radios. I run Kenwood's TS-711 & TS-811 for VHF/UHF. I also run Elecraft's KX3/PX3/KXPA100 on occasion. I use an Elecraft K3-0/Mini with RemoteRig boxes for remote work.

I hope to hear & work you on the bands!

73 & 44


Current Affiliations:

    World Wide Flora & Fauna

    Parks On The Air

    ARRL Life Member

    QCWA - #30296 - Chapter 35

    Kansas City DX Club

    Society of Midwest Contesters

    FISTS - #18323


    Old Man International Sideband Society - #11001


    10-10 International - #71025


    100 Watts and a Wire - #2627








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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W0ZAP
Latest Contacts for W0ZAP at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
N5PHT 2018-01-19 20M CW EM13uo United States Gary R Stone
N2DEQ 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FM29ls United States MICHAEL F ANDRAYO
K1HK 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN42GF United States HAROLD S KOST
VE3NOO 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN14rf Canada Michael Bell
K2TV 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN30HQ United States ROBERT W MYERS, SR
K2CQW 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FM28ep United States JOHN T COCKING
KW3S 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN31SU United States RONALD W LESNIAK
W1LEM 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN41XS75 United States Lemuel Skidmore
AB3LI 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN29ka United States FREDDY SANTIAGO
WA2HIP 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN54OT United States JOHN R PETROCELLI
W1NG 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN31jk United States KENNETH N BOLIN
WL7CG 2018-01-19 20M FT8 BP61XB Alaska ALAN J SORUM
W6CCC 2018-01-19 20M FT8 DM04tc United States Jerome Solomon
AA2MF 2018-01-19 20M FT8 FN20wn United States RICHARD L CARIELLO, SR
KQ6QB 2018-01-19 20M SSB CM87xh United States PETER J SLOCUM

Book Totals: 7615 qso's   5592 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#17605
Granted: 2017-06-02 04:56:02   (W0ZAP)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Counties Award#6491
Granted: 2017-04-30 14:04:04   (W0ZAP)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
Grid Squared Award#15907
Granted: 2017-04-30 14:04:03   (W0ZAP)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
United States Award#3097
Granted: 2017-04-30 14:02:02   (W0ZAP)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
  • Mixed Digital
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