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The motorcycle pics of me were taken on Sept. 24th, 2013 on the famous Tail of the Dragon (U.S. 129 in Tennessee). The Tail of the Dragon has 318 curves in 11 miles. Just like our WV roads only more intense. What a blast !!!


Here is my son Chris (K8RUN) on the Tail of the Dragon (we traveled to Tennessee together for this trip).



I fully endorse and support the DX Code of Conduct. Let's spread the word !


DX Code of Conduct

(for more information see www.dx-code.org)


I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.

I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.

I will always send my full call sign.

I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.

I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.

When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.

I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.

I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.


My last upload to LoTW was on December 11th, 2016.

DXCC Honor Roll  (mixed & CW).

I am now active on ('no keyboard') RTTY. Working with the "canned memories" in my IC756 Pro III. So my transmissions have to be limited in content. I refer to this method as "RTTY on the cheap". It's not pretty but it at least gets me on the mode. Hi. I am up to 211 entities worked and confirmed.

If you are a USA station and we have contacted and you need LoTW confirmation from me, email me, I'll check my logs and I'll upload our qso. I only upload DX Qs to the LoTW unless you request.

Many thanks to Abel KE1AF for RI on 10 m, TO FINISH UP my 5BWAS !!! I've not applied for the award yet. I am trying to replace the 2 paper qsls in the 5BWAS application with LoTW ones.

I am also working on 10BWAS with only LoTW confirmations. Have completed 488 of the 500 slots.

I answer qsl 100%. I am always happy to exchange paper qsls.



I am at least the 6th holder of this callsign since 1915 and if you have any information on the previous holders of 8OP or W8OP, please contact me.

Previous call holders that I am aware of are (in order):

1914 & 1915 8OP issued to Charles L Reynolds, 25 Sturges St., Binghampton,NY

1921 8OP issued to Ralph J. Lampe, 715 Leeson Ave., Van Wert, OH

1925 8OP issued to J.J. McConnell, 114 West Main St., Carrollton, OH

1929 8OP issued again to J.J. McConnell

1936 8OP issued to William E. Coleman of Jenny Lind Ave., McKeesport, PA

W8OP was issued to Paul C. Rohwer (unknown year),Paul was a member of OOTC (1738) and was a "spark gap" operator. He first transmitted in 1921 using the call 9AYS. He became a silent key July 1985.

I obtained the vanity call W8OP in October of 1997. My daughter, Jenna (K8AFI) has obtained her Extra Class license, so the call should continue in the family after I am gone. :)


WN8BMX(1968-70), WN8LGF(1971-1973), WB8BMX (1976-1997), W8OP (1997 to present). Passed General (13wpm) in 1976, Advanced in 1987 and Extra (20 wpm) in 1987.

I enjoy chasing DX, IOTA Islands, 6 meter grids and working USA Counties. If you're interested in County Hunting, check out www.countyhunter.com. I completed confirmation of ALL 3,077 USA counties and received the CQ Magazine USA-CA 3,077 Award (#1,077) in October 2003. I have 81% of counties worked for 2nd time around and 64% toward All CW.



My confirmed DX totals are currently:

343 Mixed (334 active entities) (Honor Roll - Mixed & CW) (5 entities needed- 3Y/B, FT5W, KH3, P5, ZS8).

335-CW..... 306-Phone..... 209-RTTY..... 9 Band DXCC

DXCC Challenge Award (2,106)

160m 105 (109 wrkd)

80m 170

40m 237

30m 235

20m 321

17m 292

15m 274

12m 220

10m 222

6m 59

Worked 173 countries with QRP (5 watts) on CW.

A-1 Operator Club (5/27/09)

USA-CA 3077 Worked All USA Counties #1,077

Triple Play Award #529 (2-15-11)

W. A. S. (basic, 160 meters, CW-LoTW & phone-LoTW).

VUCC 6 meter certificate #1,627 (grids worked/confirmed: 395/376)

IOTA 100, 200 & 300 Islands of the World Certificates (379 confirmed, 417 worked). Also hold IOTA North American Certificate.

Worked All Europe Awards - WAE Top plaque (#91) & WAE I certificate (#116).

W.A.Z. Awards (mixed & cw)

IARU Region II & Region III Gold Seal Awards



Active with Mountaineer Amateur Radio Association (W8SP) since 1968. Currently President for the 2017 term. Our club was 97 years old in 2016. The club is currently working DX with the club call and we've worked 311 entities and have 298 confirmed.

ARRL member since 1968 - Life Member since 1978

ARRL DXCC / WAC / VUCC / WAS card checker & ARRL VE Examiner. Many thanks to the WVDXA for the DXCC field checker nomination.

Royal Order of the Wouff Hong since August '04. Member ofthe W8SP R.O.W.F. team.

QCWA member #26,123, active with Chapter 30 as sec/treas.

West Virginia DX Association member (W8AH) since 2006. What a GREAT group of guys !

3.905 Century Club (40 meter #151 and 80 meter #521).

M.A.R.A.C. (Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club) R1322

Bozo Amateur Radio Fraternity Member #628 (www.ab0zo.com) thanks to Mark, W9OP.


My little pistol station:

My home station consists of an Icom 756 Pro III & a IC-746 (non pro) with an AL-811H amp.

Antennas are a 4 element Mosley TA-53 (5 band) at 73 feet, (2) 30 m dipoles @45 ft., (2) 40 m dipoles (NE/SW @60 ft. & NW/SE @50 ft.), 80 m dipole @ 60 ft. & 5 el. 6 meter beam at 80 ft. Inverted "L" on 160m (65' of it vertical) with 8 buried radials. I erect an 515' beverage for 160m for the winter months. I do a lot of 'down in the trenches' listening and have a LOT of patience.


My wife, JoAnn and I have been married 31 years. My daughter (Jenna - K8AFI) is an Extra Class and graduated from Potomac State College of WVU with an Assoc. of Applied Science in Equine Production and Management in 2011. My son (Chris - K8RUN) is a General Class and graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Chris is a Carrier Systems Engineer for Corning Optical Communications, LLC in Hickory, NC.

We live on 4 acres in the country, so I have a fair amount of room for antennas. While mobile in my Toyota Tacoma pickup, I use an Icom 706MkII & Z100 tuner or Icom 746 with Hustler antennas on 40, 30 & 20 m.

I graduated from Fairmont State University in 1972 with an A.S. in Engineering Tech. and 1974 with a B. S. in Engineering Technology. I was employed by Industrial Resources, Inc. since 1974. We designed, fabricated and constructed coal preparation facilities and bulk handling systems for the coal and rock industries. I was a proposal engineer in the sales engineering department since 1978. My work mostly entailed the layout and estimating of belt conveyors & stockpile reclaim systems and whatever else came down the line. I retired Nov. 1st 2016.


Semi-active caver (speleologist) and Fellow and Life Member of the National Speleogical Society #15,240FL. I am a life member of the Monongahela Grotto. Back problems and WNS (White Nose Syndrome affecting cave dwelling bats) has prevented me from caving much recently. I have participated in the New River Gorge Bridge Day several times and rappeled the 870 ft.. What a ride !!!

My son & I are Eagle Scouts & I have been involved with Boy Scouts for many years and am currently an Asst. Scoutmaster. I served on staff at the 2005 & 2010 National Boy Scout Jamborees and visited the 2013 Jamboree at the new Summit Bechtel Reservation (what a world class facility the BSA has built there). I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (Lodge 550).

In the spring of 2012, I purchased a 20 yr old BMW K75RT motorcycle (3 cyl. liquid cooled) and have returned to riding a BMW after a 25 year absense. "K" series BMW's are refered to as the "Flying Bricks" because the engine looks like a big black brick and they say that they're bullet proof. I talked to a BMW rider recently who's friend has 2 K75's with over 200,000 miles on EACH bike. I usually ride it to work Rain, Shine or Cold (25 deg. F or above & dry roads) ! A few of us recently made a trip to The Tail of the Dragon (318 curves in 11 miles) @ Deals Gap, TN. We made 3 passes over the road. That's 953 turns we traversed in about an hour. What a ride ! It's like our WV roads only more compressed & intense. Update: (Aug. 30, 2015) I had a drive shaft failure (in upstate NY on a 2,500mi. trip) on the BMW, so sold it and purchased a decked out RED 2006 Suzuki V-strom DL650.  Very reasonable gas mileage and it's weight is more suited to a guy 66 yrs. old - ME.

Former Referee for the U.S. Soccer Federation at the local level (1995 to 2005), U.S.S.F. Associate Referee Assessor (2001-2005) at the state level. Retired from soccer officiating Fall of 2005.

To my German Ham Radio Friends: my favorite band is the SCORPIONS !!! Thank you Hanover Germany!

I have researched family genealogy since 1996. Surnames: Carpenter, Cross, Keenan, Glover, Horner, Golden, Blake, Layman, Hoult, to name a few. I published "The Descendants of William (Bill) Cross, Jr." in 1997 (my maternal gg grandfather).

Recently (2012) I became re-interested in beekeeping after a 24 year absence and have started all over again with two hives. Rejoined the Marion County Beekeepers Assn. and the West Virginia Beekeepers Assn. I added 1 more hive in the spring of 2013 (lost 1 hive over the winter 2013/14 - probably due to Varoa mites).

Really enjoy hiking and have been a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for many years and have hiked +400 miles of the A.T. over the years. In process of hiking all the trails in WV State Parks near my qth. So far have completed all the trails in: Valley Falls, Tygart Lake, Cathedral, Audra, Watters Smith, Stonewall Jackson, Blackwater Falls S.P. & Coopers Rock S.F. I've almost finished Canaan Valley S.P. and just started Holly River S.P., Tomlinson Run S.P., Kumbrabow S. F. & Twin Falls S.P.

Some of my favorite quotes:

When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature. ---- Sydney Smith

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. ----- Henry Kissinger

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,

but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out,

Shouting "holy smokes- - - - - - what a ride!"

Live life to the fullest !

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