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 I was on the air back in 1979 as a Novice. My callsign was KA8HAF. I had a homebrew CW transmitter for 40 Meters. My son Denny (KA8HAG) and Larry Parker (W8LJR) silent key built it. I had a Heathkit  HR 1680 Receiver that Joe Saller ( WA4JS) built and sold to me. Joe Saller gave my son and I our Novice test. My Son and I both let our Licenses expire and now 38 years later, Joe Saller (WA4JS) in Fayetteville,Tn. got me back into Amateur Radio again. I call Joe my Elmer. Sam Saller (N8CTE) that is Joe's dad was my boss at Kuss Corp, He wouldn't help me build a linear amplifier for a CB, but said he would help me get a Amateur Radio license and that got me started.

My age is 74 and I retired from Kuss Corp. in Findlay, Ohio after 35 years as a journeyman maintenance machanic, for the first 25 years I worked with RF Generators the last 10 years as preventive maintenance. Kuss Corp. invented the Water Bed, and Delco Shock Bag.


This is my wife,kids and I. Picture was taken in 2014 and my wife passed in 2016






I got the Technician License on 11-21-2017

I got my Vanity Call (W8DWS) 12-12-17

I got my General Class License 12-19-2017


Rig here is a "new" Kenwood TS-590SG (100 Watts)

MFJ 939 Automatic Tuner

Antenna is 40 meter inverted V dipole laying on the roof at 15 Foot (80-10) Meters. When it is under 5 inches of snow

it doesn't seem to bother it.


I really enjoy the new FT8 Digital Mode and CW


I also am an Honorably Discharged U.S. Army Veteran (E4).

I served from 1962-1965 in Baumholder Germany.

in The Headquarters Company,  First Battalion 13th Infantry.

I was a Wheel and Track Mechanic.



                 PHOTO TAKEN 1962


These are the Insignia and Patch that I wore on my Uniform.




Glad to be back on the Air again!!


Thanks for looking!






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World Continents Award#19893
Granted: 2018-02-14 18:34:02   (W8DWS)

United States Award#4196
Granted: 2018-02-14 18:32:02   (W8DWS)

Grid Squared Award#18176
Granted: 2017-12-26 01:48:02   (W8DWS)

  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#8202
Granted: 2017-12-24 19:16:02   (W8DWS)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
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