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I upload all my QSOs to QRZ, LoTW, and eQSL.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would do the same.

If you have logged a contact with W5DRR, but it has not shown up on the above, please contact me with your call sign, date, time, frequency of the QSO, and anything else that may be helpful resolving the problem - I will check to see if there is an error in my paper log or data entry of our QSO, and if so, correct the log.  Thank you for your patience.



I am currently using 99 of a 100 watt Yaesu FTDX-3000 with an eight band Hustler 6BTV vertical antenna. 

A little background --- In the early 1950's I spent hours listening to my General Electric table model AM radio to see what AM stations I could pickup and locate their call sign in my Whites Radio Log book.  Since then I wanted to be a Ham radio operator.  I just could not get past the code requirement.  I guess since I am a single language person and have enough trouble with English, it figures a second language such as morse code would also be difficult.

After retirement, my bucket list included getting a Ham radio license.  To my surprise, code was no longer a licensing requirement.  After some study I got my Technician license in 2014, General license in 2015, and my Amateur Extra license in 2016.  

Shortly after getting my Technician license, I became somewhat involved in the local Ham radio clubs in the area, especially those associated with the 2M band and their repeaters.

For me it was truly fascinating to listen to other Hams talking on the radio.  On May 31, 2016, I was listening to HF and a transmission was coming in like gang busters.  It seemed as if the operator was sitting right beside me.  I tried my first ever HF contact and called him back.  Lo and behold, it was a fantastic fellow named Paul, EA5IKJ, in Valencia, Spain.  My first HF contact covered over 4,000 miles and with a very nice gentleman, and I was hooked on HF radio. 

Amateur Radio is a great hobby and I look forward to meeting you on the air!  73s  --  Dave


My able bodied assistants

Should I suddenly disappear during a QSO, my assistants may be playing with the big knob.


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National Parks On The Air was an outstanding opportunity to get out of the shack and into the fresh air.  During these field operations I used an FT-857D transceiver set at 99 watts with a home brew antenna made up of parts from MFJ and Buddipole.  An African amateur from Mozambique, at a distance of 8349 miles, was the furthest this rig has reached while in the parks. 

A Prince William Forest Park (DZ08) activation.

Working one of the Manassas Battlefield Park (BP02)  activations.  The antenna that did it all.  The components of the system are a tripod  and Versitee from Buddipole, two MFJ-1979 telescopic 17 foot antennas, and 50 feet of Radio Shack coax cable.  I call my antenna the "Gull Wing".   


Potomac Heritage Trail (TR03) twilight activation.  Washington-Rochambeau Trail, TR21.  Captain John Smith Trail (TR23).



I modified the antenna design for cold weather to use an 8 in 1 trailer hitch from Harbor Freight.  Placing the base of the mast in the hitch and securing the mast to the rear window catch resulted in a nice stable setup and I could stay warm and out of the wind inside the Suburban.  No tuner, baluns, or radials/counterpoise needed and the SWR on 20 Meters is shown below.





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United States Counties Award#5065
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