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Please NOTE:  It has become clear that someone is pirating (borrowing) my call.  It appears that most contacts are CW.  I work little CW at this time.  You might want to email me to verify BEFORE sending QSL cards.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  I don't know how to stop it.

If you have sent me a QSL and have not received a reply that you requested, please email me and I will respond.


I am working data, primarily FT8.



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Tnx fer stopping by!

Here's all you really didn't need to know:

I was originally licensed as KN2KJE in 1954 when 12 years old.  My original equipment consisted of a Heathkit AT-1 xmtr , an AR-2 rcvr  and an AC-1 antenna tuner .  The original antenna was a 126 ft long wire.  Later I added a VF-1 VFO .  The station  was used exclusively on 80 meter CW.

I successfully upgraded to General in May 1955 (K2KJE).  At that time I acquired a BC-348 miltary surplus rcvr  and a rack mounted home brew xmtr .

This boat anchor consisted of separate exciter, power supply and modulator modules.  A Vibroplex bug , 4-element 10 meter yagi and rotator completed the shack.  The sun spot cycle was approaching it's greatest peak ever and I was fortunate to make many international contacts with 50 watts on 10 meter AM and 20 meter CW. 

In 1961 while in college I added a Lafayette HE-50A 10 watt, 10 meter mobile rig to my 1956 Chevrolet . 

After college I married Billie (1963) and attended graduate school (5 years).  I entered the Army in 1968 and was radio-inactive while serving in Texas and VietNam .

  Upon becoming a civilian again in 1970 we spent a short time in New Jersey where I did some operating with the mobile rig and managed to get a Drake system on the air from the home QTH with some wire.  In 1972 we moved to Florida when one still had to change call signs to the area of residence and, as a result, became W4NNL. During six years, I did not operate due to the antenna restricted community (and a growing family). 

In the 1980s we had moved again, this time to Pennsylvania and I acquired a Kenwood TS-520S  at a hamfest and got back on the air using an attic loop antenna.

I upgraded to Advanced and Extra and obtained the vanity call of W5BR.  Also participated in ARES and picked up a Kenwood TH-25AT  which I was also able to use mobile in series with a RadioShack 2-meter linear  on my 45 minute commute to work.

After 10 ½ years we moved (again) to Connecticut (1990) and I was able to install a 10 meter yagi (3-el ) and a 20 meter dipole.   I got serious about DXCC at that time and, living in Connecticut, was able to drive my QSLs over to ARRL Headquarters to get checked out.  Also added a Kenwood TM-231 mobile rig  (later switched to a TM-261 in the car and put the 231 in the shack).  Three years later, it was on to California for a five year interlude and then back east to Virginia to be closer to family for our first grandchild (we now have nine)grandkids.  I was pretty active there with the same equipment until the 520 died and then went QRT for a period of time.  Now that we are “settled” in Pawleys Island, South Carolina,  our 9th state of residence, I've installed a Kenwood TS-590S and attic and other stealth antennas in our antenna restricted community. Due to the antenna limitations, I have invested in an Ameritron AL-811H linear and Palstar AT2KD tuner as an attempt to compensate (photos below).  So far I have made contacts on 70 cm, 2, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 40, 60 and 80 meters.  I’m hoping to add 6 m and 160 M to that.  I'm very happy to have increased my radio "activity" and, as a result, have re-established some old friendships along the way.  I've recently finally completed WAS.  It was a long time coming (63 yrs) due to moves.  Thanks for all who helped out.  Additional information about our family may be found at www.risacher.net.






My Station

The shack

Fortunately I've been able to install an outdoor off-center-fed dipole which I can use on 10-80 meters. It is strung so that it can be "easily" lowered out of sight as needed.  The horizontal portion at the feed point is about 14 meters above the ground level.  On the right is my 5 el attic mounted 2 meter Yagi. 

The antenna is supported between two tall pine trees which sway significantly in the coastal wind.  In order to compensate, I use a Vari-Ten wire antenna tensioner (www.antennatensioner.com)


A Recent trip (2014) to St. John, USVI as W5BR/KP2


We recently obtained a small travel trailer to spend some time mobile:

(Oh, by the way, that's Billie, W4NNL, my wife of more than 54 years)

Naturally we had to add an antenna:
RV antenna

Older QSL Cards


New Jersey Pennsylvania Connecticut
California Virginia South Carolina


Reverse side of current QSL:













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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W5BR
Latest Contacts for W5BR at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
AG5BC 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EM42 United States BRIAN S CASTLEBERRY
K0WRY 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EM18 United States KENT A HOSKINSON
F6BIA 2018-02-17 20m FT8 JN18 France Alain
KK9O 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EL96 United States ROBERT C MAGNUSON, JR
KN4COE 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EM79 United States Michael W Mullins
AB1NS 2018-02-17 20m FT8 FN42 United States Thomas J Mahon
W2WCM 2018-02-17 20m FT8 FM18 United States WILLIAM C MIMS
KD8IE 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EN91 United States KEVIN M RITCHEY
W8GQ 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EN83 United States William D Turnwald
WA3FWA 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EN90 United States Joseph C Mielnicki
KC5WXA 2018-02-17 20m FT8 EL29 United States Jake McClain Driver Memorial Amateur Radio Club
KB2SDA 2018-02-17 40m FT8 FN30 United States Albert Vazquez
KC3ECE 2018-02-17 40m FT8 FN20 United States Joseph A Fitzmyer
KC1PUG 2018-02-17 40m FT8 FN32 United States Daniel R Beatty
KG5IGO 2018-02-17 40m FT8 EL29 United States Kelly L Fergason

Book Totals: 2370 qso's   882 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#8420
Granted: 2018-01-14 13:12:02   (W5BR)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#18331
Granted: 2018-01-06 17:30:02   (W5BR)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#15653
Granted: 2016-10-26 22:00:02   (W5BR)

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