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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, Kirk, 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.

Also enjoy DX and completed 5BDXCC (#7137) - a goal that looked impossible to me years ago. Just completed DXCC on TopBand so all the HF Bands have been completed.  I don't know if that is called 9BDXCC but I do know that I had a lot of fun and a lot of challenges to overcome in the process of completing DXCC on TopBand.  I was the very lucky beneficiary of two great Elmers helping me develop the antenna system that made it possible.  Curt (W0ALC) and Rob (NC0B) are due and have my unreserved thanks!

Have passed the 1850 level on the DXCC Challenge and have 297 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.  Am particularly interested in the new FT8 mode and do operate some on RTTY as well as JT65 and JT9.

Station is an ICOM 756 Pro III transceiver coupled to a Palstar LA-1K (just received and not pictured below) 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.  The vertical leg of the inverted L is about 40 ft long.  It is tuned at its base . Twenty ground radials of approx 130 ft length and four wire mesh screens 25 ft X 3 ft in N,E, S, and W directions provide the ground radial system.   

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.




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.

Celebrating the completion of Top Band DXCC.

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

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