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If you are in my QRZ log, you are also in my LoTW log along with eQSL log. Also, if I have logged you, please confirm the QSO on QRZ, eQSL and LoTW if you use them.

I have many unconfirmed and some viewed, but not confirmed. Same goes for LoTW, only about 1/3rd have been confirmed on LoTW. My QRZ, LoTW and eQSL logs are all the same and uploaded shortly after any contact.

Thanks.

This is W7HBP, my name is "Rick". I'm 57 yrs old, been playing with radios since my teen years in the 70's. Other ham in the family is my 13 yr old grandson who became a general class operator at age 11. He was first licensed in 2013 as a Technician (missed 2), then went right back next month to pass his General (missed 1).

 

I am a lifetime member of the "ARRL"

Lifetime member of "QRZ"

Lifetime member of "10 X 10 International".

Lifetime member of "eQSL"

Lifetime member of "The Capital Peak Repeater Group"

Lifetime member of the "Pacific Northwest VHF Society"

Lifetime member of the BRC or "Blue Ribbon Coalition"

Benefactor lifetime member of the "National Rifle Association"

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Neat old time film about ham radio


QSL Policy

I will be sending out my special ARRL's 100th anniversary QSL cards the rest of 2014 and following years until they are all gone. Listen for me on the bands, holler at me, send your card, I'll send a return one back to you. You can even request one of the few I have listed below. I use direct mail, I also use eQSL, LoTW and use the 7th area QSL bureau.

My QSL cards:

ARRL 100th anniversary

(below) Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

Designed by NYQSL.com for me.

Washington Ghost Town "Bodie Washington"

Custom designed by NYQSL.com for me

(some text deleted for security)

QSL policy, we QSL 100%! Including SWL too. I get a card from you, you will get a card from me, feel free to pick one you like.

Happy Anniversary ARRL

I enjoy QSL cards, they are my favorite. Maybe just old fashioned, but like the "wallpaper". I'm always more than happy to mail off a QSL card to any of my contacts. You can also use the bureau or I am set up to accept/send eQSL's now but still prefer QSL cards via direct mail or the bureau. I also use LoTW now for all my logs. I use the N3FJP logging program.

All my logs are uploaded to LoTW and eQSL, usually the same day as the contact.


"The Shack"

Equipment consist of:

Icom IC-7600 (6m to 160M)

Alinco DR-135MkII 2 meter

Yaesu FT-857D (MF/HF+60M/VHF/UHF)

Jetstream 45 watt switching powersupply

Diawa CN-801HP cross needle SWR/Power meter

Heil PL-2T Boom with Heil DT-1 desktop mount

Heil FS-2 foot switch and/or Heil HS-2 handswitch

Heil PR40 mic with Heil windsock

Heil PRSM-C shock mount

Heil ProSet IC headphone w/boom mic.

Icom SM-20 mic for backup.

Icom SP-21 extension speaker

W2IHY EQ Plus

W2IHY 8 band Equalizer

MFJ-434B Voice Keyer

Ameritron AL80B 1KW amplifier

Ameritron ARB-704 relay buffer

LDG AT-1000 Pro-II Auto Tuner

Gap Titan DX 88 Vertical (10-80 meters)

Radiowavz G5RV-LITE (6-80 meters, includes WARC bands 12, 17 and 60)

End Fed wire "QSO King"

Cushcraft AR2 vertical for 2 meters


I am set up to operate on the 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 60 and 80 meter band. My goal is to get on the 160 meter band, but only have .29 acres, fortunately, I have no HOA/restrictions, so its still possible. I hang out in the evening on the upper end of the 75 meter band ragchewing with some locals through out the state and a little beyond in the evening. We have a small group who meet up every evening and talk about a whole bunch of nothing. My days off in the afternoon, I like 10, 15, 17 and 20 meters.


W7HBP Call information/History:

The call I have now (W7HBP) belonged to my late grandfather who had been in radio since a very early age in the military, then went on to work at a big local radio stations (KJR, still around today) and then went to work at Boeing as a "radio man" where he retired from them in 1969. All his ham friends and co-workers called him "Sparks". He was an electronics whiz in his day.

His call, has been only issued to him and myself. I am the "first" caretaker of this call. My grandfather received this call in the the fall of 1938. He was a general class operator (top of the heap back then) and held this call for 55 yrs as a general till he went SK in 1992. He passed away a year before I got my ham ticket. My youngest grandson, at age 11 obtained his FCC General Class license (KG7ESK) and will assume this call when I go SK, which is hopefully a long ways out. Just keeping it in the family.

My grandfather would really be proud that his call has lived on so long. An interesting side note, my middle name is the same as my late grandfathers and my youngest grandson was given the same middle name as me. So far, anyone who had gotten my grandfathers middle name as their middle name has went on to become a ham radio operator.

I have been looking for a QSL card that belonged to my late grandfather. I know its a long shot, but if I could find someone with his original QSL card, I'd replicate it for myself. He used mostly CW, but did phone too, from his antenna that I remember to the best of my knowledge was a 10/15 and/or 20 meter beam on a 50 foot tower. But he had other wires running around the back yard, so I suspect those were probably dipoles, V's etc for various different bands. Keep your eyes peeled for this card. Drop me a contact if you find one buried in someones old shack or shoe box.

Update 11/14/2013

I have found one of my late grandfathers QSL cards or I should say, his QSL card found me. Chris, N7FS had it for right around 35 yrs. Was given to him directly by my grandfather.

Here is the email I got:

I ran across your page on QRZ.com because I was looking at old call signs I used to know, and thought it might be interesting to see if new people might have them, and sure enough you did. When i was around 13 or 15 years old, a friend and I wanted to become ham radio operators and down the street from us was an older gentleman who had an impressive old school setup in his basement in Arbor Heights where I grew up, his name was Ted Stocking, and he had an impact on us that still lives on today. I knew he had passed on along time ago but was not sure when. I remember he gave me one of his QSL cards and I remember him saying the best way to remember it was to say W7 Happy Birthday Party. I am 47 years of age now, and would be happy to send you his card. It was never filled out because we didn't have our licenses yet, but what a setup he had. Seemed like he had a home brew transmitter on a rack, and commercial made tube receivers of the 40's or 50's era. Any how, I will mail you the card he gave me back then. 73's - Chris in Seattle, N7FS.....

Many thanks to Chris, N7FS. I had pretty much given up all hope of ever finding this card.

Another Update 03/05/16:

At the ham fair flea market in Puyallup at the fairground, I met Chris N7FS in person. I was not looking for him, he was not looking for me, I had no idea he would even be there. But he seen me and my small ID badge IDing me as Rick, W7HBP. So this stranger walks up to me with his hand out for a handhake, I looked at him and realized I must know him, but didnt recongnize him. Then he said "my name was Chris, N7FS" and everything fell into place. We chatted for a dozen minutes or better. The chances of him seeing me with the crowd was like finding a needle in a haystack. Anyway, just another cool moment in the history of my late grandfather, his call and those who knew him. Fate is funny, how it makes a big world seem so much smaller.

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Grandpas old QSL card that found me.

Here it is in all its glory. Front and back. I have never seen his QSL card till I got this one in the mail from Chris. Not really fancy, not a lot of frills, but I will replicate it for myself. Call it the "classic" version.

Grandfathers HF rig, a Hammarlund HQ-129-X. This was just an AM and CW rig. The photo below was from page 95 of Feb of 1946 issue of QST magazine.

 

Special thanks to Chris, N7FS, for donating his card to me.

Here is a photo of my grandfathers last new car he purchased new back in 1966 for $2,800. He used it exclusively until he was no longer able to drive. Its still in the family, its a family heirloom now and it under the care of my older brother. It was garaged its entire life. I have some pictures of it, as it sets today. It has 47,000 original miles on it, never been apart, original paint, interior, hubcaps, glass, engine, transmission etc.

Grandpas last new car. 1966 Ford Mustang 289 2V C4 Automatic

Interior, all original, unrestored. This car has original paint. Its a true survivor!


I am married, have 2 adult daughters and I have 4 grandkids, oldest is girl, youngest is a girl, middle 2 are boys. Youngest grandson became a general class operator (KG7ESK) at age 11. They range in age now from 22 to 8.

I'm a Toyota dealer technician by trade for almost 29 years now at the same employer. My other interest are hunting, fishing, camping, outdoors, off road and over the road motorcycles, shooting, reloading and many other expensive interest and hobbies the wife says. :D


I also have 40+ acres of timberland near the Okanogan National Forest in north central Washington where I have built a cabin pictured below. The little truck is a 2015 Kawasaki Mule 610 XC SE. Its equipped with a 3500# Superwinch, 4WD, manual locking rear differential and a limited slip front differential and a Alinco DR135T 50 watt 2 meter mobile radio running a Tram 1/4 wave NMO mounted antenna. I am 6 miles from a 2 meter repeater located at 6000 feet on a mountain peak, so my range on this is extremely far.

The elevation at the cabin is 3,500 feet above sea level. I spend some time over there as often as I can. First trip is usually sometime in April, then mid summer (did the 2013 field day at the cabin with a 1B-EWA station using my call, with my grandson now a general class op and part of the team, we will be a 1A-EWA, listen for us on field day there every year, I have a good group of buddies who are all hams, ie, myself, W7HBP, WA7VIZ, KB7ED, KB6YAF, KG7ESK and KF7ZLR and make the trip with me, fantastic time. And I head back again in August. We usually do a large group camp with family and freinds in August. Bill, my good neighbor (KF7ZLR) along with his family and grandkids will also go over there with us (wife, kids and grandkids and my 2 bulldogs, an English and a French bulldog in August for a large group camp, quads, Kawasaki Mules side by side, complete with 2 meter rig, lots of ham radios, some gold panning, running my new 2017 Kubota L2501HST 4WD tractor, metal detectecting and just having lots of fun. Listen for us on FD-2018!

(above) Gadget, an English bulldog when he was a puppy, much bigger now, weight is 100+lbs. (below) is Gizmo, my French bulldog, weight is 60 lbs. Gizmo is the alpha dog if you can beleive that??? I love both those dogs so much, an intergral part of our family. I know they wont be here forever. When that day comes, its going to be tough on me.

73 from Rick, W7HBP

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