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A little bit about me...

I became interested in this hobby after discovering shortwave radio listening with a old Zenith Transoceanic receiver tuning to hams on the 75 meter AM window. After meeting a ham friend in high school, I studied and learned the craft & code and earned my novice licensed in September of 1988 as KA1SNX. I quickly upgraded to technician while in college studying to become an engineer. Through my college years, I upgraded to general, then advanced and changed my call to N1GYU in 1989. I finally upgraded to extra in 1996 after 8 years with an advanced class ticket. I decided to change calls once again when the vanity program was offered and W1WV has been with me since 1996. I chose this call as a tribute to my discovery of SWLing back in those early days receiving the peculiar time station WWV on that old Zenith with a random length of wire strung in the attic. WWV was the very first shortwave station I logged opening the gates to this great hobby. 

Professionally, I am an engineer in power generation and energy. My background is gas turbine combined-cycle, coal & hydroelectric power plants employed as plant mechanical engineer. It takes tremendous effort to keep the lights burning which often goes unappreciated. Power generation is a field paralleled to public service that is rewarding yet dangerous. I've been in it for more than 20 years and enjoy it. Currently I work for an agency which manages the bulk electric grid.

Addition to being a mechanical engineer, I have a minor in electronics and enjoy radio and electronics tinkering with homebrew projects both electrical and mechanical in nature. A machinist background and certified welding inspector certification compliments my engineering profession.

 

Station:

HF: Yaesu FTDX5000MP, Icom IC-7000

VHF/UHF: Yaesu FT-736R

Antennas:

HF: Balanced-fed 160 meter horizontal loop, 80 meter top-loaded 1/4 wave vertical, 40-6 meter BigIR 1/4 wave vertical, both over an elaborate radial bed comprised of 75, 70 ft. radials. Receive antennas consist of  a 153 meter (500') beverage NE (EU) direction and Array Solutions SAL-30 shared loop array for LW through 40 meters.

VHF/UHF: 3el. 50MHz , 6 el 144MHz, 10 el 222MHz, 15el 432MHz yagis.

Awards:

5BDXCC, WAS, VUCC 50MHz, Triple-Play WAS.

Clubs:

Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England, W1AQ, Tryon Amateur Radio Club, K2JJI, Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Assoc., W2IR, Hudson Valley Contesters & DXers, ARRL and AMSAT.

Photos of W1WV...Enjoy!:

 

40 & 80m verticals (not shown is the 160 full wave horizontal loop). Each vertical has 75 ground radials:

 

W1WV tuning the 80 meter vertical matching network:

 

Beverage receive wire, N-E direction towards EU:

 

RX loop array (160-40m) combined with the beverage really improved reception on 160!:

 

VHF/UHF Arrays - (50 thru 432MHz):

 

WX station - W1WV-13 on APRS    http://aprs.fi/weather/a/W1WV-13

Other Misc:

Old FD photo (East Providence, RI operating W1AQ as 2A): W1WV at the mic with KC1I logging:

The Boss....Trinity

See you on the air!

73, W1WV

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