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Was initially licensed as a novice in 1954 as WN0VHH and soon upgraded to a General Class ticket and the call W0VHH, which, with a short exception as W8KQY, was my call until November, 2008 when my call became W8HMK. I use "Hal" as my radio name.

Was quite active during my high school years, but as going to college and graduate school, a profession and a family came into the picture ham radio was laid aside for a while. Got active again when my son became interested in ham radio (he is now W1FA) but went inactive for a period of time again when he left home. Got involved again since retirement from full-time professional activity.  In 2007 I upgraded to an Extra Class license.  

I enjoy achieving the various activity opportunities that the ARRL offers.  Achieved what I was unable to complete in the 50s, ie WAS (I was one state short in my earlier attempt - there were only 48 at that time). Now working on endorsements for WAS on each band.  Enjoyed working all 50 states as part of the ARRL Centennial year and its W1AW/X stations.  Also recently completed the WAS Triple Play.  Both were a lot of fun to complete.

Also enjoy DX and completed 5BDXCC (#7137) - a goal that looked impossible to me years ago. Have now completed 8BDXCC and have begun working toward DXCC on the Top Band. As of this date (late March 2017), I have 76 confirmed entities on TopBand.  A good start but a significant distance remains.  

Am very close to the 1800 level on the DXCC Challenge and have 293 entitites confirmed on DXCC mixed mode. The DXCC Honor Roll is a longer term goal but this old gray head may run out of time before getting there!. Have also completed 5BWAC and WAZ (Mixed Mode).Am excited about the opportunities that ham radio continues to hold and the new things that keep appearing to challenge one to advance.

Station includes two ICOM 756 Pro III transceivers.  One is coupled to an Ameritron ALS 600 and a Palstar HF-Auto autotuner; the second is coupled to an Ameritron ALS 1300 and a Palstar HF-Auto autotuner. Antennas include a Cushcraft R4 vertical; a 3-element SteppIR beam up about 35 feet; an 80 M dipole and an inverted L for 160 M. Enjoy receiving QSL cards but also remain very current with LoTW. I respond promptly to all QSL's received.

I enjoy "contesting"as well as more leisurely QSO's and hope to meet you on the bands.


Primary rig: Icom 756 Pro III, Ameritron ALS-1300 and Palstar HF Auto tuner


The 3- element SteppIR antenna on top of the house

SteppIR Anenna on top of my house

The old gray head himself - W8HMK

My son (Kirk, W1FA) with me.

Below is a view of the Ohio River from my shack window.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W8HMK
Latest Contacts for W8HMK at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
JA3YBK 2017-02-19 160m CW Japan Mt. RF K. ISHII
Z33A 2016-03-01 17m CW KN11gd Macedonia GEORGE ANDONOV
A35LT 2014-08-17 15m CW JJ00aa Tonga Lee M Dziekan
VP8LP 2014-06-26 15m RTTY GD18bh Falkland Islands Bob Mcleod
EB5AJB 2013-12-23 40m SSB IN80dj Spain Jose Belmonte
K9DIG 2013-11-17 15m SSB EN17mt United States Nancy M Yoshida
N5NLR 2013-11-13 20m SSB EL09pm United States Mario A Davila
5J0R 2013-11-01 15m SSB EK92dm NON-DXCC San Andres Island Dxpedition
KC2MMC 2013-10-07 20m SSB FN20vs United States Terry Rutledge
3D2GC 2013-10-07 30m CW RH82qf Fiji Stanislav Vatev
3D2GC 2013-10-07 12m CW RH82qf Fiji Stanislav Vatev
J69DS 2013-09-29 10m RTTY FK94ma St Lucia Frans van Santbrink
N5RMQ 2013-09-26 20m SSB EL17hq United States Robert J Gobar
KA1MAD 2013-09-26 20m SSB FN31og United States MICHAEL A DENNIS
KF5IXX 2013-09-25 20m SSB EM16bj United States ORLOFF H HAINES

Book Totals: 180 qso's   109 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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