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Hello, welcome to my QRZ page and to my journey as a recently minted Ham :-)

My father (the original W3KKO) was an Extra class ham in Philly for nearly 60 years, originally getting his "ticket" in 1946 after serving as a radioman in WW-II (US Army - South Pacific, Australia, Phillipines through to Tokyo).  I still have all his licenses :)  His hobby was fun to be around, and I found later in life that I actually I learned quite a bit just by sitting with him at times.  As an electrical engineer he home brewed some of his equipment and antennas from scratch, and NOT from kits, and worked more far more countries than he ever documented.  His pride and joy was a home brew 1-watt 10m rig, as well as a hand-held penlight battery powered handi talkie that was featured in QST back in the 60's.  He was QRP before QRP was cool :)  The articles are available through QST archives.  I just wish we still had the radio!

Since dad's passing in '05, my interest in ham radio has grown, especially in the last few years.  Many thanks to Randy, W1RTF, former co-worker who passed along a Radio Shack HTX-420 with the deal that it was free if I passed my test.  In Feb 2016 I passed the Technician test with KC3GOF issued as my initial call sign.  I deeply regret not getting licensed earlier in life so dad could experience one of us kids taking up the hobby, and I missed the chance to learn so much more from him.  I think he would be proud, although he believed the change to no-code licenses was utter BS and an insult to the craft :)  So I'll be learning some code, although second languages are tough for me.  In my dad's honor I requested and received his call of W3KKO, and am happy and honored to carry on the Ham tradition in his stead.....although I have no idea how he was able to do what he could do so effortlessly.  I am FAR less technically capable than he was!  

Having upgraded to a General class license, I now work the following:

Yaseu FT-857D w/LDG YT100 tuner, Yaesu FT-840 w/LDG Z-11Pro II tuner, Radio Shack HTX-420 HT.  Antennas are a MyAntennas 80m EFHW, Radiowavz 80m OCFD, Nelson Antennas matchbox with 84ft end fed wire.  I also recently acquired a Yaesu FT-101ZD MK3, and am learning how to be a real radio operator :-)  Almost 40 years old and the old girl stll rocks!!!  For 2m/70cm I use a home brew vertical dipole from old TV antenna parts and CPVC pipe.  Mobile is a Tram dual band UHF/VHF, and MFJ hamstick for 20m stationary mobile.

Additional huge thanks go out to the Tryon Amateur Radio Club / K2JJI repeater group in upstate NY for their guidance and support during my short time up their way.  Through their assistance, I passed both tests and became familiar with ARES/RACES, Field Day and SkyWarn.  Great group of folks!  I will look for ARES/RACES nets and try to be involved wherever I go in life.  Thank goodness for Echo Link :)

Thank you for visiting my QRZ page....and to all those who have served in the military, law enforcement, public safety, emergency services or other public service, a huge THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice, for keeping us safe in the US or in your home country, and enabling those of us fortunate enough to live in freedom to experience Ham radio, and life in general, as we see fit!!!


ECARS #30569

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