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I became interested in Ham Radio back in Parma, Ohio in the late 50’s when a friend in our church youth group showed me his dormer bedroom that was filled with radio equipment.  It was fantastic; there were glowing tubes and neat sounds coming from the radio speakers. Scotty Andrews was his name and he showed me the possibilities of Ham Radio.I was very excited and begged my parents to buy me a receiver kit. It wasn’t a Heathkit and it was more than a 14 year old could successfully build. My dad took pity on me and had someone finish the kit but it was never a very good receiver. My parents finally purchased a Hammarlund HQ-110 receiver and Heathkit DX60 transmitter just before they retired to Tennessee.

In Tennessee I lived in the small town of McKenzie. The owner of the local TV and Radio repair shop was a ham and took me under his wing. He was known to me as “Mr. Fields” and he helped me get qualified to pass my novice license. I had only two crystals so I didn’t make many contacts.  My license expired as we relocated back to the Cleveland area.


In 1968 I married my wife, Joy, and started my career with AT&T. I took the Technician exam in 1970 again with the assistance of a ham named Dick Stuart. Dick knew code since he had used it for many decades.
I got the license (WA8SBB) but life got in the way and the license expired. We had a daughter and relocated several times while working for the old Bell System. After almost 40 years with AT&T/spinoffs I retired with my wife to New Hampshire to be near our daughter.

In 2015, my son-in-law got his ham license and the Ham embers reignited and I took the Technician exam again but thanks to the new FCC rules, I was granted a General license in June 2015. I wanted to reclaim some of those past missed goals and I purchased the Elecraft K3S in kit form. After successful “assembling” the transceiver, I finally met my childhood goal and my first SSB phone contact occurred on September 27, 2015. 

On March 19, 2016 I took the Extra exam and passed! I used and highly recommend the HamTestOnline web site for studying for your license.

My station has grown to include more of the Elecraft line of ham gear. I have the K3S Transceiver, KPA500 Amplifier, P3 Panadapter, and KAT500 antenna tuner (Elecraft K-Line Station). The latest addition to the shack equipmment is a Yaesu FT-991A, which will be my backup and portable rig whenever I finally go portable.

My antennas consist of 2 Buckmaster OCF dipoles. I have the 8-band running east to west. The 7-band runs north to south. They seem to work very well to 40 and 80 meter Nets. I recently completed the GAP Titan Vertical install to add to the "antenna farm". I am also exploring adding a "receive only" antennta to utilize the Diversity Receive function already built into the great K3S transceiver.

I also use the Digital Mode PSK31 with my station equipment. It took a little learning and education to get the station working correctly. I'm usually enjoying the Digital Mode PSK31 in late afternoon especially on the 20/40 meter bands.

I now hold several awards; the ARRL WAS award, the ARRL DX Century Club award, the CQ WPX award and the QRZ United States Counties (500 counties). All my awards were for making SSB phone contacts.                        



As a comment (or advice) to new hams, I would like to recommend Chris Perri (KF7P Metalwerks) for his great products. I use them for both their appearance and grounding safety. I would hate to lose my happy home to improper grounding.   



Finally, a special thanks to my wife of 50 years for her kindness and understanding. This is a picture of my wife with our 14 year old sheltie -Tucker. (Tucker passed in November 2016 after providing us 12 years of companionship and love - he is missed greatly). This is our newest family member. His name is Riley. He was born in April 2017.

Thanks for listening to my adventure over the years… 73s

Paul – W1PEF





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DX World Award#4675
Granted: 2016-11-06 19:22:02   (W1PEF)

  • Mixed Phone
United States Counties Award#2904
Granted: 2016-07-22 00:50:02   (W1PEF)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Digital
World Continents Award#12310
Granted: 2016-03-21 22:45:02   (W1PEF)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#10542
Granted: 2016-02-03 17:00:02   (W1PEF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 80 Meters Phone
United States Award#1793
Granted: 2016-02-03 01:45:01   (W1PEF)

  • Mixed Phone
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