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Ralph Roberts grew up in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, falling in love with electronics and becoming a ham radio enthusiast (still is today). He’s a decorated Vietnam veteran, studied electrical engineering, worked for NASA during the Apollo program, and did product engineering for aerospace companies.

In the mid-70s – when personal computers came only as kits in boxes – he built his first one. By 1978, Ralph was writing about and on computers, one of the pioneers in word processing. He still does today and, as a professional writer,has written over 100 books and sold more than 20 million words. He's still at it.

New (posted 9-27-16): Just put up a ZeroFive 160-10 meter 43-foot vertical. Works wondrously! See http://www.zerofive-antennas.com/ for more info:

In 1978 Ralph formed the company that became Creativity, Inc. and still serves as CEO. As a national book publisher, the company has released approximately 1,000 titles in the last 35 years and continues publishing.

He got his Novice license May 23, 1963 WN4NUO (continously licensed since) and moved up to Conditional WA4NUO later that year. In 1970, he upgraded to Advanced and then Extra in 2014. He also held DL4RR while in the Army in Germany in 1967-68 and established and commanded MARS station AB8AAR in Quan Loi, Vietnam 1969-70. While in Vietam, Ralph won the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and other decorations.

In May of 2014, the FCC granted him W5VE, his current call. It was bittersweet to give up WA4NUO after 51 years but Ralph's quite happy with W5VE, even though he sometimes has to convince DX stations he's really in North Carolina. The correct answer, of course, is that there's a very small enclave of the 5th call area in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. That's his story and he's sticking to it.

Ralph has done about everything there is to do in amateur radio and continues looking for new stuff. Currently he’s fascinated by SDR (Software Defined Radio), digital modes, and still loves ragchewing. More about Ralph's hamming stuff at W5VE.com. He also serves as a VE (Volunteer Examiner) team leader with the WCARS VEC organization.

Current HF rig (below) is an ICOM IC-7200, 100 watts. Antennas are a QSO King 117' endfed wire antenna and a ZeroFive 43' vertical with lots of copper wire in the ground (3,000 feet in 73 radials). Using a LDG IT-100 tuner, I work all bands from 160 to 6 meters with very good SWRs.

BW5VE ZeroFive Antennaelow, I found these wooden letters on sale from my local Hobby Lobby for $8. They look great on my antenna enclosure fence.

The W5VE DX Corral

Ralph, W5VE


The new antenna:

The new (2016 Kia Sorento) W5VEmobile with tag:

CQ Worldwide CW DX Contest

My Icom 7200:













Following, a younger me in AB8AAR, Vietnam, 1969:

Me, 2014 ... somewhat older:

Filmed during the ARRL DX contest, 3/6/2016

Operating soon after getting the new rig:

My QSL card, my own design:

License tag, the tag people told a military medal tag and an amater radio tag were incompatible. They were wrong.

My Echolink presentation:

Below, one of my first PSK-31 QSOs and a playlist link to my other YouTube videos.

Living amongst the highest mountains in Eastern America, I enjoy working VHF/UHF from high places

And DX from the home QTH

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DX World Award#5331
Granted: 2017-04-10 23:16:02   (W5VE)

United States Counties Award#612
Granted: 2016-07-19 11:25:05   (W5VE)

  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#2177
Granted: 2016-05-20 14:50:02   (W5VE)

  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#11862
Granted: 2016-02-03 13:35:02   (W5VE)

  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#9345
Granted: 2015-10-06 20:10:03   (W5VE)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    160 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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