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Hello again! I've been in the IT field since 1981. I installed Paul Newman's first PC for his daughter Nell at their home December 1984. While trying to locate their home I found out that they also had two other houses for their guests on the same street. No GPS then... Yes, I met Mr. Newman, but we didn't shake hands... There is a story behind that, too. Nell and I were in their smaller den going over the IBM PC, EPSON printer and the green monochrome monitor. Mr. Newman came home, but left his car running in the driveway.
He only came into his home as far as the kitchen. Nell went to see him and I waited, but I wanted to meet him like anyone else. So, I walked through the den, the living room and into their kitchen. They had one of those types of sinks where you look into another part of your house vs out the back window. Like a breakfast bar if you will. When he saw me he put his hands under the faucet, but didn't dry his hands. The three of us just looked at each other and Nell was very nice and said, "Dad, you want to see my new computer?" We all ventured back to the den and I told him about the computer etc. Nell held his hand the whole time while we were in the den.
Mr. Newman said that they were going to show some of the films taken during one of his car races. Nell said that her boyfriend was coming in from NY City and that they would be going to see the films. Nell walked him out while I waited in their den looking at (but not touching) his pictures and ribbons with metals that he had won racing. When she came back I told her I was sorry for making him uncomfortable in his own home. She just said it wasn't a problem and we continued with the computer stuff. Many years later my wife and I were watching a show where Mr. Newman was being interviewed. They asked him questions like what was his favorite swear word and other things. The last question they asked him was "What is the one thing that you would never want to be?" Mr. Newman replied, "A Greeter". I turned to my wife and said, "See, I wasn't making it up".
Just so you know, this is one of those events in life that you never forget...  And yes I've been given the "Ya right..." Back in the day working in Westport CT, there really wasn't a whole lot of computer stores.  My boss was every cool and gave me the service ticket (which I still have a copy of it) for always going to NY City without complaining. Working in NY City back in the 80's was a trip, because it hadn't been cleaned up like it is now.  So can you imagine what it was like to drive to the train station, take the train into the city and then walk around carrying computer parts?  It took me a month to get use to someone dropping half a sandwich in the trash and other person walking over to pick it out of the trash and finish it. Listen, my brother and I had a pet cow, chickens and a rooster for goodness sakes growing up, so seeing all this was like being in a bizarre movie or something. I wouldn't trade the world for those days!
In 2000 I was Technical Lead for replacing all the servers for the NASDAQ.
Currently I'm a Senior Consultant and needed something to help with the day-to-day stress of it all. Amateur Radio to the rescue!!
Boston Marathon Communications 2013 - First year I volunteered for this event. Here we are reviewing the information for the nets as we start the day.  No one could have ever thought what the afternoon would be like for all of us, even you reading this right now. Our station was 9.2 miles from the finish line and we had just shutdown when the unthinkable happened. Our station's doctor took off to help and we received another doctor. Everyone on our TEAM quickly turned to setting up what was needed and we started stopping runners and getting them in contact with their loved ones to make sure they were able to get home. Once we had taken care of all runners in our care the station was moved to the Town green 6 miles from the finish line. All of us were blessed in not having had to see any of the devastation that I have no doubt still haunts those who served.  We both came back for 2014 and needless to say it was a lot different in so many ways... God Bless America!
I would like you to also know that the Net Control operator on our net was second to none. He instructed everyone to say nothing about what was going on at the finish line and kept the net working without any failures what so ever. Once you had time to go over everything in your mind the next day. You truly realized just how professional of a Net Control operator he was that day.
Boston Marathon Communications 2014 - Group picture of the team at the location where I was assigned.
This is also the same team at the same location as 2013. 
To give you an idea of how many stations along the route need an Amateur Radio operator and how many are assigned to these stations.
27 stations with 1 Amateur Radio operator
1 station with 2 Amateur Radio operators
25 stations with 3 Amateur Radio operators
Now this only accounts for 104 of the 300 Amateur Radio operators that volunteer to support 30,000 runners.
There is Net Control, busses and other needs that I have not meantioned to make this work, plus a very special team of Amateur Radio operators that have to work for months to put this all together.
BTW, you can't imagine what it is like to see these runners going by for the first time...
My setup when helping during an event.
When it is too nice to be in the shack...1990 Mazda Miata (DOB Sept. 1989. Still mint after 80K)
This contest is the only one I take the time to join in on and the only antenna I've used is the GAP Challenger DX.

1st Place CT - 2008 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2010 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2011 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2012 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB - Call Area Winner

       6th Place US & Canada - 2012 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2013 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB - Call Area Winner & Division Winner

       6th Place US & Canada - 2013 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2014 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB - Call Area Winner & Division Winner

       6th Place US & Canada - 2014 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2015 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB - Division Winner

       4th Place US & Canada - 2015 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

1st Place CT - 2016 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

       5th Place US & Canada - 2016 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB

All contests above - Single Operator, Single Band, 20 Meters, High Power


DX Century Club - Phone

DX Century Club - Mixed

DX Century Club - 20M

Thank you to the 100 contacts that made these possible!! Also, a very special Thanks to my XYL for encouraging me to get into Amateur Radio and never giving me a hard time for spending money, time and space on the roof, yard and every where else we Hams can place our equipment!



Contact with 300 amateur radio stations, each having call letters with a different prefix, each prefix normally indicating a different geopraphical area of the world.


W1AVK 1931 Photo of my Great Uncle's shack.

My call sign was my Great Uncle's from 1920 - 62. In the early days it was 1AVK.

Also, it was the 1259th issued license in the 1 Region.

This is a very interesting article and my Great Uncle is in it, too. For those who are a member you may access it on ARRL's website.
Apr 1941 - QST (Pg. 9)
Hamming on Howland Island
Author: Lieson, Robert, W1KFV

There is a planned DXpeditioners to the island during the third week of June 2018 and needless to say I will try to make a contact to have W1AVK heard on the island almost 77 years later.

My XYL found a QSL card on www.delcampe.net that my Great Uncle had sent to FA8IH (Algeria) to complete a 1947 CW QSO. I was able to bid for the card and get it. How amazing is that?!?!

The top photo is a picture of my best ham radio friend, Marcus.  For those with whom I have traded a QSL card have met Marcus. He is sitting next to the manual during the unboxing of my first radio while I set it up.

Live long and prosper. 73 de W1AVK

If you look to the left of this picture you will see a fully functional candle stick telephone.  My father replaced the phone at the Hartford Connecticut Piano Company back in the 60's and we used it for years when I was a kid. I asked him when he passes away that I get the phone. My Dad gave it to me and I still have both of them to this day... 

ICOM 746PRO, 7600 , 7200 , ID-5100A and 910H Radios (Plus multiple mobile radios)

Heil Pro Set 7 - Headset & boom mic - Blue

Ameritron AL - 82 Amplifier

Ameritron ALS - 600 Amplifier

Barker & Williamson BWD - 90 1.8 - 54 MHz Folded Dipole

GAP Challenger DX - 8 Band Multiband DX Antenna - 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m

GAP Titan DX - 8 Band Multiband DX Antenna - 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m, 40m, and 100 KHz on 80m

KIO Technology 5 BAND HEXBEAM - 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m (SEE PICTURES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)

Total Mast Solutions Ltd United Kingdom (SEE PICTURES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)
CH.6518.N Telescopic mast system (50 ft)
12V 173ltr/min compressor with handset

Please QSL through "W1 QSL Bureau" or eQSL.cc or ARRL's Logbook of the World or better yet, all three.

If you want to have a little fun, bring a monitor stand from the "old type" of docking stations to your ham radio club's raffle. You'll see it go last and they'll hold it and flip it around wondering what it is good for... There is room for a power supply, KVM or meter and speaker under them, plus they can support up to 100 lbs. You can mount your mobile radio to one and it makes for a handy base station. Ask my XYL, everything can be used for ham radio!

I use an Infrared camera and safety tape to watch the beam at night.

I put pieces of safety tape on each spreader section and extra ones on the two front ones to show the direction of the hex beam.

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