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Operating as XE1/W3EMA and XYL (KC3DOQ) in central Mexico and W3EMA in Southeast Pennsylvania, USA

The neat, compact hide-a-way station


Updates from Mexico....

(April 27,2017)

Jackie the XYL, KC3DOQ, retires this week. When we first met years ago she expressed her intreset in ham radio and short-wave listening. She had a radio and listened to BBC. In the summer of 2014 she surprised me and announced she had ordered the ARRL's study guide and then weeks later announced when I was going to come to Syracuse, NY (her travelling anesthesia job at Syracuse U) that she was going to take the Technician exam at the club in Salt City (AKA Syracuse). She passed and we attended her first ham club meeting and both joined. Her call sign is KC3DOQ!!!

I also joined another organziation,too --The Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores,A.C. (http://www.fmre.org.mx) and got a nice certificate/ID that will join other wallpaper. The application for new license/permit has change as has the immigration classificatons. As a permante resident I believe the permit/license will be good for five years and not renwed each year. BUT the secretariat that handles the liecensure has changed. No longer with SCT but rather with another agency. Will provide updates on this new agency and proceedure.

Late last year I went to Mexico City for four days and attended the annual FMRE convention and loved the fwllowship and the friendship of Erick, Jonathan and Pedro, memmeber of our state's ham radio club.

This Spring (2017) I am installing a new digital station and lok forward to it. Back in the the mid 1980s I was one of the first packet stations in Bucks County and was honored by the Penn Wireless Assocation for fputting it on the air during Field Day.

One of my thril as few year agao was helping setup the English langauge section of AM San Miguel which is part of the large newspaper chain. Had fun time with editors and publisher and his wife as well as driving over the Leon, our big city, and meeting the head of the AM group. I did a local column (As Eye See it), edited and also do a "Geek" column as well as a column called "Books for Guys."

March 2013-2016

2013 was one full of some new adventures. Almost got to got to Quatar to visit a ham buddy. We took a big side trip after Jackie's assignment in Syracuse through the NE and visited family and friends and then flew to Dallas and got a car and drove up and spent time with ham buddy and photojournalist Duncan (WD5IKY) in Denton. We piled onto the A Train, a super modern and cool light rail that dropped us off to the Texas State Fair. What a huge place and lots of fun and werod food. Saw Big Tex and did some nice meals in Denton and friendship.

Then back to Mexico and got some new furniture, decorating and removed the second floor Jacuzzi (there's a bigger one in the garden) and had lots of garden work. The designer insatlled some new buganvilias and other neat vines on first floor out front and then back patio exploded with hedges, wines and flowers and lavendar. Upstairs on the bedroom patrio a huge pot with a lime tree and then some more buganvilias plus special metal tree like arms to mounts some glass blown humminbird feeders. Jackie has had them land on her hand. We enjoy the garden a lot. Then we went to Troncones,a remote surfing village on the Pacific and just read, slept, ate, walked to the fishing village and watched the surfers and explore the weird volcanic rocks along the shore. AND our ham club for GTO launched another balloon sat and then the local ham group all got together for Christmas brunch.

November 2012

Got the new Yaseu FT2000 D (200 watts) up and running. Good signal reports from USA and Central America. Great adidio and worked several stations on 15 meters at about 130 watts.

October 2012

Arrived at the end of October after spending a month in Paris in our apartment and a week in Interlaken, Switzerland then took TGV (200plus  mph) to Paris. Now back in Mexico and awaiting delivery of new rig Yaseu FT-2000D which will supplant the Icom 747 and I'll use the Yaseu 857 in the Jeep when we go up to the big mountain working from 8,000 ft. Now that the rains have stopped will put up a dual band beam and a G5RV in addition to the two verticals. Check out the balloon satellite work on Guanajuato State Radio Club does at their site http://craeg.remtronic.com

The 444.300 rpt is up and testing again as well as 2 mtr rpt in San Luis dela Paz (444.300 no longer in service and now the state has a linked system. See the CRAEG web page for information of ham radio repeaters and informsation on the page put together by Johnathan Remba, our president.

Fort second time took part in our club's launch of a balloon sat/repeater that went into near space -- to 28,000 meters and sent back pictures from space via stills and video. The repeater provided coverage for a huge part of Mexico. The young Mexican engineers in our club approached the project like a mini NASA. Wrote stories for local paper, magazine and a national daily in Mexico City. Lots of fun.


I serve as the San Miguel de Allende chapter coordinator for CRAEG,s.a.--the state ham radio association of Guanajuato. UHF repeater being tested in SMA and in San Luis la Paz we helped install a 2 meter repeater atop a 9,000 foot mountain. 145.370 rpt


Ham Radio has been a journey of discovery and learning for me.

It has become a family affair, too. I became interested in Ham and short-wave radio, shortly after the Christmas of 1960, when my Dad purchased a Hallicrafters S38-E receiver for me as a present. (I now have a restored model)

Listening to Radio Nederland,the BBC, Radio Moscow, and enduring Castro’s tirades on Radio Havana, certainly opened my ears and eyes. I was bitten by the radio bug, obtained a fond interest in gadgets, and developed a wander lust that resulted in traveling tomore than 30 countries!

Several of my Dad’s brothers were interested in radio. One - the late K3LYE(Harry Altman – the call now belongs to my cousin Blane) urged me to obtain a ticket. Another uncle with the CB call of 3W2741 was also a radio hobbyist. His son , Blane is now K3LYE. My brother, Bob is currently W3BIG and often helps me with projects—including once lobbing an antenna over a tree limb with a snowball. (Several cousins still have tickets and a few others dropped out)

In the mid 1960s, a few of my friends (W3MRL, Mike who was also a WPE call) and I formed the Folcroft Radio Club,which eventually became DXInternational. I was president of the club when the following eleven clubs became charter members of the ANARC: American Short-wave Listeners Club, Canadian DX Club, Canadian International DX Club, Folcroft Radio Club, Great Lakes Short-wave DX Club, Kentucky DXers Association,National Radio Club, Inc., Newark News Radio Club, North American Short-waveAssociation, Short-wave Listeners-Certificate Hunters Club, and WorldwideMonitors Radio Club.

Those days of SWLing (Didn’t we all have WPEs? I was WPE3DUC) and collecting QSLs as well as the stamps -- were loads of fun. Now, I live in Mexico and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, I am not far from Swarthmore College, and the Philadelphia International Airport is just a stone ’s throw. When in Mexico were are in the bajio region -- the corazon of Mexico --it's heart. My station is at 6,200 feet.

RIGS: My main rig is an Yaseu FT-2000 D and Icom 746. A Kenwood dual bander is running as a ARES/RACES station when in PA. I have Davis WX station (plus 3 other remote data loggers for temperatures for local WX net) a few HTs, and run a Kenwood dual bander(TM-D700) in the Jeep and a Motorola HT 1000 for fire/police work. Newer rigs are AOR 8600 (SWL) ; Yaseu 857D (portable work with BuddiPole) and a Yaseu VRX-8 HT.

The other SWL rigs include a Grundig short-wave along with a Yaseu FRG 7000short-wave, a Sony portable and an Icom IC-207 dual bander as a backup. Use a Kenwood Digital TH-D7 HT and experimenting with APRS and have several digital TNCs. Rig Blaster Pro is the main digital workhorse....experimenting with some others TNCs.

Added an Alinco 440 rig and a beam to work the now defunct local Mexican repeater and when I travel in the northeast when my wife is on an assignment I use a Yaseu VX-8.

The latest addition is a Yaseu 857 D which I use an ATS 120a for hilltoping (mountain topping). I have a Buddipole system for longer stays and a small tuner. I will add the SCU17, a minin PC and the 857 with a special LDG tuner and run Ham Radio Delux.

On nostalgia, I added a refurbished Hallicrafters S-38 E to my collection – my first radio – and also have a Zenith D600 Transoceanic leather case portable –the first short-wave I heard in junior high. It is in great shape and was restored by a retired broadcaster.

ANTENNAS: Comet Vertical, Ringo Ranger, GRV5 dipole and generic scanner omni and dual band 70 cm and 2 mtr beam and BuddiPole and a Yaseu ATAS 120 screwdriver for mobile.

INTERESTS: I was Public Information officer in the local fire company as well being reelected as secretary and elected to board of directors. My active firefighting efforts have curtailed now that I am 65. I still volunteer at times with Cruz Roja in Mexico.

I am proud that I was oldest active firefighter and serve as deputy coordinator for Emergency Management in Nether Providence Twp. In October 2008, I was sworn in as a Pennsylvania Special Police Officer. I am also involved in local EMA projects and grants (over $50,000) as well as a NCS for a WX net and other Ham Radio public services. I was a PIA for the ARRL in the 1980s. And in December 2007 was named a PIO for EPA for the league.

Rag chewing is something I like and but haven’t had time to collect all the paper I am due (earned) (apologies on slow QSLing).I enjoy talking to the folks in UK especially G4YIT, Ivor on 17 mtrs (18.165). APRS has become a current interestand I have married the Jeep's laptop and GPS with the mapping software andlooking to utilizing this as an adjunct in the fire service and SARS.

I am a semi-retired journalist and still have a hand in writing as well as local politics. I re-married in August of 2000 and honeymooned in Paris and Normandy.We have visited the UK 3 times and since then we have visited Rome, Tuscany,Monaco, and the South of France as well as Portugal and Spain. Visited San Miguel de Allende in Mexico for the past few years and in April 2008, I set up our new retirement home and go between US and Mexico to join my wife on her assignments.

My wife is an anesthetist, enjoys SWLing, and may study for her ticket. We have a Norwich terrier and a rescued Pom. We both enjoy reading, travel and gardening and horses (we have one) and are certified “Foodies.” She currently works as a travelling anesthetist.

Skywarn certified and was NCS for WX net and have served as an ARES deputy for DelawareCounty.

MEMBERSHIPS: ARRL, South Media Fire Co. No. 1, Nether Providence HistoricalCommission; Nether Providence Environmental Board and the Marple Newtown ARC aswell and DCRA. Active in Swarthmore Monthly Meeting as well as the Gather in San Miguel. (Religious Society of Friends) and would be interested in talking to other Quaker hams. Responder at Cruz Roja de San Miguel and have helped serve as advisor to Communications Liaison Officer for PACEMed which is an NGO involved in emergency medicine in Latin America.

Ham radio as well as SWLing has certainly opened my eyes.

QSL via the bureau or direct. (Mexico address is Bill Wilson, Trebol 27, La Lejona, El Encanto, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

Also gladly accept EQSLsand LoTW. ALSO use QRZ logbook

73 and Tnx de Bill


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