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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.



Should I suddenly disappear during a QSO, Buttons or Bows (pictured above) may be playing with the big knob.


I am currently running a BuxComm.com 75 foot end fed antenna (a truely outstanding 160 to 6m antenna) up 40 feet with 100 watt transmission duties from my Yaesu FTDX-3000.  


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!  73  --  Dave


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Life is made up of many goals.  Some for ego, some for self improvement, and some to prove you are better than some one else - competition or contest.  And then there are some that are just to see if you can do it.  The certificates below are just that, to see if I could meet an established challenge level and not to prove that I am better than anyone else.  












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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W5DRR
Latest Contacts for W5DRR at QRZ.com
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6Y5GC 2018-01-17 40M SSB Jamaica GEORGE CAMPBELL
KM4KMU 2018-01-17 2M FM FM18JW94 United States John B Young
W3ALH 2018-01-17 2M FM FM19jd United States Albert E Hagovsky
WA4TSC 2018-01-17 2M FM FM18dx United States WESLEY W BOXWELL
LU5FC 2018-01-16 20M SSB FF97nf Argentina JESUS RUBIO
EH3DK 2018-01-16 40M SSB JN01OC07 Spain DAKAR 2018
PY6RT 2018-01-16 20M SSB HH07mr Brazil Roberto Tourinho - BETO
V51WW 2018-01-16 20M SSB JH81OC44 Namibia Wynand A Wolmarans
HP9SAM 2018-01-16 20M SSB EJ97wp Panama Stephen A. Myers
HI8JQE 2018-01-16 20M SSB Dominican Republic Julio Cesar Jose
OK1FFU 2018-01-16 80M SSB JN79KH Czech Republic PETR CHVATAL
N3KS 2018-01-16 40M SSB FM19pn United States KAMAL I SIRAGELDIN
TI5/N3KS 2018-01-16 40M SSB Costa Rica
HH2AA 2018-01-16 40M SSB FK38 Haiti Radio Club D'Haïti

Book Totals: 4732 qso's   2828 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#6368
Granted: 2017-12-04 23:08:03   (W5DRR)

World Continents Award#18449
Granted: 2017-10-03 14:48:02   (W5DRR)

United States Award#2911
Granted: 2017-02-27 01:32:02   (W5DRR)

United States Counties Award#5065
Granted: 2016-10-26 16:20:03   (W5DRR)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#14211
Granted: 2016-10-26 16:20:02   (W5DRR)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
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