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After 14 months of hotel living and commuting every week between our Cape Cod QTH and Glastonbury where we built a new house after a fire in July 2014, we're happy to be in our new home. W1WEF is back on the air.

Licensed since 1952, W1WEF enjoys most major contests. I couldnt believe it a few years ago at the Dayton contest dinner when  I won the survey for being in contesting longer than any of the other 400 in the room...until another guy remembered when he started!

Please QSL with SASE or return postage , and I will respond immediately, or use LOTW. I look forward to working you again in the next contest or for a longer QSO.

Operating ten times from Curacao in ARRL DX CW and phone contests, either single op or (mostly) M/S with my good friend W1BIH (SK) was a highlight of my contesting experience. We took First Place World 2 or 3 times.

I operate mobile CW almost daily, operating more often from the car than from my home station between contests. Outside of ham radio, my wife and I enjoyed RVing across the Southern half of the country in winter for 15 years, but now have taken to going on cruises and have been doing one or two each year. I also enjoyed many years of  fishing (mainly salt water) especially going after tuna with my son-in-law and grandsons, and boating with my wife of 50 years. I used to enjoy working on antennas almost as much as operating, and always seem to have antennas planned or undergoing maintenance. I also enjoy carpentry, and among other projects built a ski chalet in Vt with Natalie's help and moral support. We used to ski every weekend, in Vt but took many ski vacations in Colorado. In my younger days I climbed Mt Washington 5 or 6 times to ski Tuckerman's Ravine, including once with my wife.

My station currently has a single 108 ft tower with a TH6 at the top of the tower and an XM240 at the top of the mast at 116 ft. A second TH6 is at 75 ft on a rotating sidearm. I have a four square on 80, using wires in trees in the woods, with about 24 ground radials on each vertical and also have a high 80M dipole. On 160 I have an inv L with about 90 ft vertical and 75 ground radials. The 550 ft beverage toward Europe sometimes makes the difference between copying or not.The rig is a YAESU FTDX 5000MP and is  the best radio I ever had. Amp is an  Ameritron AL1500 amplifier.

My goal in CQWW CW and ARRL DX CW contests used to be to try to make make top ten single op SO1R unassisted, high power. The competition is pretty tough, not only from good operators but from stations more elaborate than mine. I actually made my goal a few times, but now want to concentrate more on just having fun without knocking myself out in my old age (I'm 79 this year) My motto is "SO1R forever" and I have often been pleased to beat some of the SO2R stations who put in more operating time than I did. I don't hold that against them, it's just that I can't stay awake! hi

Retired since 1992 after 32 years at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford Ct where I was an engineering manager in instrumentation electronics. 73 JACK W1WEF (updated  03/2017)   PS The photo is the old shack before the fire.   The new station is layed out the same, minus the plaques and certificates)

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